Applying for Benefits

These steps are for all students using GI Bill Benefits (Veterans, Military Reserve and Dependents using transferred benefits)

  • First term using benefits here?

    • Apply with the Veterans Administration

      To begin, start by visiting the U.S. Veterans Administration Applying for Benefits webpage.

      • Transfer Students: If you are transferring to UAlbany and previously used your benefits at another school or program, please ensure you visit the VA Site and Change your GI Bill School
      • All New Students: Please provide the Office of Veteran & Military Student Services a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) once received.  
  • All students (New and Returning):

    • Complete UAlbany GI Bill Request Form Each Term

      Submit the web form listed below - this is required every term to request benefits after finalizing registration for the applicable term (complete separate forms if requesting multiple terms) 

      UAlbany GI BIll Request Form

GI Bill Benefits Q & A


Q: When will my benefits be certified?

A: We will certify benefits at the earliest possible date; typically within 2-3 business days from receipt.

However, please note we will not begin certification processing until charges are made available on the student’s account (i.e. MyUAlbany and E-Pay). This typically occurs on later than the first week of the term billing begins for each term (e.g., July for Fall, December for Spring and May for Summer).

Q: Will I be responsible for the balance while I am waiting for my benefits?

A: It depends.

For those that receive certain benefits that are applied directly to the account (e.g., Chapter 33 and Chapter 31) there will be a “deferral” added (pending financial aid) reducing the balance by the amount of the benefit.

All students using GI Bill benefits with a remaining balance will be automatically entered in the UAlbany Veteran Payment Plan (free) delaying any payments needed until later in the term. Details can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Q: What if I have financial aid and billing questions?

A: Contact the Office of Veteran & Military Student Service (VMSS) at or 518-442-8387

The majority of your financial aid and billing questions can be addressed by VMSS. We will also coordinate with the Financial Aid and Billing unit on your behalf to save you time and improve efficiency of service.

Q: What should I do after submitting my GI Bill Request?

A: Stay involved and keep us informed.

Notify the Office of Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS) if you plan to make any changes to registration

Regularly monitor your MyUAlbany, EPAY, and UAlbany email account. Review this VMSS website for important information. Email if you have any questions or need assistance.