SUNY Cortland is proud to support the educational goals of our students and families who have served their country. The Financial Aid Office provides information and assistance with certification paperwork for Veterans Affairs educational benefits. All students eligible for VA Education Benefits must file application forms with the VA Certifying Official according to their specific situations.
VA Certifying Official: April M. Calale
For Post-9/11 Chapter 33 and Other Programs, Chapter 30 MGIB, Chapter 31 Voc-Rehab, Chapter 35 Survivor/Dependents, Chapter, 1606 Select Reserve, 1607 REAP
SUNY Cortland participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. You may be eligible for this program if you receive Post 911 benefits and are paying the non-resident tution rate. The program covers the difference between the resident and non-rsident tution rate. Visit Yellow Ribbon Program for more information.
To find out which program you are eligible for and other benefit information, please visit http://va.gov/.
To apply for benefits: http://gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/application/
What to send to SUNY Cortland’s VA Certifying Official:
Students who had been receiving veterans benefits at another college must complete a Change Program/Place of Training form to receive benefits at SUNY Cortland.
Continuing Students are asked to contact the VA certifying official immediately when they have registered for classes, not only for fall and spring semesters, but also if they are planning on taking any Winter Session or Summer Session I or II classes as well.
The Certifying Official will send certification of enrollment to the VA each semester.
If you are chapter 30, 35, 1606 or 1607 you must complete enrollment certification with the VA each month that you qualify for benefits. This should be completed the last day of each month online at Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.) or by phone 877-823-2378. Once enrollment certification is submitted the status of your payment can be checked by calling the New York state regional office at 888-442-4551.
To register for questions/answers about VA Benefits:
Telephone: 1-888-GIBILL-1 or 1-888-442-4551