Financial Aid Information for Veterans and Military Students

Veteran & Military Connected Student Financial Aid Information
FAFSA Question 49 - Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?

When completing the FAFSA and answering the question related to veteran status please read the policy and information available online closely. This question is often misunderstood by those currently serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Inaccurate reporting can delay the Financial Aid Office's ability to finalize aid eligibility and status.

Answer “No” if you are not a veteran and you (1) have never engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the U.S. armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard), (2) are currently a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps student, or are a cadet or midshipman at a service academy, (3) are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee activated only for state or training purposes, or (4) were engaged in active duty in the U.S. armed forces but released under dishonorable conditions.

Answer “No” if you’re currently serving in the U.S. armed forces and will continue to serve through June 30, 2021.

Answer “Yes” if you are a veteran and if you (1) have engaged in active duty (including basic training) in the U.S. armed forces or are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee who was called to active duty for other than state or training purposes, or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies and (2) were released under a condition other than dishonorable.

Answer “Yes” if you’re not a veteran now but will be one by June 30th of the applicable aid year you are completing the FAFSA for (e.g., June 30, 2021 for the 2020/2021 Aid Year).

How can I obtain an Estimated Personalized Cost of Attendance?

The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 requires educational institutions to make certain disclosures to students using federal military and/or VA educational benefits. To view and print a copy of an estimated personalized cost of attendance you can visit the SUNY Net Price Cost Calculator  and select University at Albany​ from the dropdown. Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator site. 


The SUNY Financial Aid Plan (FAP) will provide a more in-depth analysis and accurate picture of student cost once the student has filed their FAFSA, completed a SUNY application, and has been accepted by a campus.

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) helps you pay for school or job training. If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

Learn more about this educational benefit on the VA Post 9/11 GI Bill page.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) - Chapter 1606

The Montgomery GI-Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) provides educational benefits to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserves, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

The Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program offers up to 36 months of education and training benefits. 

If you’re a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, or the Army National Guard or Air National Guard, you may be eligible for this benefit. Find out if you qualify by visiting the VA Montgomery GI Bill page.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) - Chapter 35

If you’re the child or spouse of a Veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or has disabilities, you may be able to get help paying for school or job training through the DEA program—also called Chapter 35. 

Find out if you’re eligible for this benefit or learn more by visiting the DEA Program page

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) - Chapter 30

The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) can help you pay for education and training programs.

If you’ve served at least 2 years on active duty, find out if you qualify for the MGIB-AD program.

Detailed information is available from the Veterans Benefits Administration at their Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty page.

New York State Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program (RIRP)

The Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program (RIRP) is a New York State program designed to recruit and retain members for the State Military Forces (Army and Air National Guard, and Naval Militia). 

This competitive program will pay the cost of tuition up to SUNY tuition rates per semester.

To review eligibility and application information please visit the New York State Education Services page.

Military Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process and restrictions. This money is paid directly to the institution by the individual services.

Please contact your respective military service unit and education office for details on eligibility and application. 

Once approved, feel free to contact the Veteran and Military Student Services at [email protected] for an updated status if you do not see your benefit posted on your account within 4-6 weeks of approval by your unit. 

New York State Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA)

Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

For undergraduate and graduate full-time study, a recipient shall receive an award of up to the full cost of undergraduate tuition for New York state residents at the State University of New York, or actual tuition charged, whichever is less.

Full-time study is defined as twelve or more credits per semester in courses applicable to the student's program of study.

For part-time study, awards will be prorated by credit hour. Part-time study is defined as at least three but fewer than twelve credits per semester in courses applicable to the student's program of study.

To count in the determination of the student's minimum full-time or part-time course load, a course must apply to the student's program as a general education requirement, a major requirement or elective (whether restricted or free elective).

Tuition payments received by a veteran under the Chapter 33 Program will be considered duplicative of any VTA award students may have received. Combined tuition benefits available to a student cannot exceed the actual tuition.