Education Benefits

Detailed information on the following veteran programs can be found at 


Post 9/11 GI Bill  - Chapter 33

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 30

Generally, the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) assists students who entered active duty for the first time after July 1, 1985, and who agreed to have their pay reduced by $100 for 12 months. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge and active-duty personnel must have served at least two years to be eligible to use their benefits.


Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves – Chapter 1606

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.


Montgomery GI Bill – Reserves Educational Assistance Program – Chapter 1607

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.


Survivors and Dependents Program – Chapter 35

Survivors and Dependents Benefits (Chapter 35) provide educational benefits to spouses and children of veterans who either died while in service, died as a result of a service-connected disability, or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of their military service.

Survivors and dependents are allowed 45 months of full-time benefits. Spouses have 10 years from the date of the veteran's effective date of permanent and total disability rating or the veteran's death. Dependents' benefits end on their 26th birthday or eight years from the veteran's effective date of permanent or total disability rating or the veteran's death, but not after the dependent's 31st birthday.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment – Chapter 31

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. 


Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:
  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program ($1,564 effective October 1, 2012). 



New York State Veterans Benefits

If you have questions, contact the Scholarship Unit at 1-888-NYSHESC (1-888-697-4372).  Additional Information is available at NYS Division of Veterans' Affairs - 

Veterans Tuition Awards

Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.

Military Service Recognition Scholarship

The Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS) provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of members of the armed forces of the United States or state organized militia who, at any time on or after Aug. 2, 1990, while New York State residents, died or became severely and permanently disabled while engaged in hostilities or training for hostilities.

NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans

Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans were created to provide financial aid to students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified times of national emergency.

New York National Guard and Naval Militia Tuition Incentive Program

The New York National Guard and Naval Militia Tuition Incentive establishes an educational award for qualified, active members of the Army and Air National Guard, and Naval Militia, for up to the difference between the financial aid received and the current level of SUNY tuition.  This program has been in effect since the Spring 1997 semester. To apply, contact your unit directly.

Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program

Provides financial aid to any active member who has successfully completed advanced individual training or commissioning and other requirements of the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs for tuition benefit eligibility upon his or her enrollment in a degree-producing curriculum in any institution. Information and applications for this program may be obtained from the N.Y.S. Division of Military and Naval Affairs.


Pay Rates

Rates as of 10/12 

Chapter Tuition Mandatory Fees F-T Maint./Housing Books
30 Paid by vet Paid by vet $1,564/month
$1,714 if contributed $600 “buy up”
Paid by vet
31 School paid by VA School paid by VA $585 or more See below School paid by VA
33 School paid by VA School paid by VA $1,116/month Up to $1,000
35 Paid by dependent Paid by dependent $987/month Paid by dependent
1606 Paid by service member Paid by service member $356/month Paid by service member
1607 Paid by service member Paid by service member $625 - $1251 See below Paid by service member
  • Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty) rates based on enlistment of 3 years or more.
  • Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) F-T Rates vary with number of dependents:
    • No Dependents  $585
    • One Dependent  $725
    • Two Dependents $855
    • Each Additional Dependent $62
  • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) rates based on 100% eligibility (at least 36 months of active duty service).
  • Chapter 35 (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program).
  • Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill- Selected Reserve)
  • Chapter 1607 (REAP -Reserve Educational Assistance Program)
    • Consecutive active duty service of 90 days but less than 1 year - $625
    • Consecutive active duty service of 1 year or more - $938
    • Consecutive active duty service of 2 years or more - 1,251 

Additional details and part-time pay rates can be found at