COVID-19 and the GI Bill®

Please stay informed by monitoring the University at Albany's COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) site.

The Veteran & Military Student Service Office (VMSS) will keep veterans and dependents using veteran benefits updated as information becomes available.

Spring 2022

The law that allowed courses moved to online due to COVID to be considered as Resident for MHA purposes has been extended again through June 1, 2022.

This is only applicable to the GI Bill Chapters that have a MHA component and only for those courses that were originally scheduled to be in Resident, however, moved to Online due to COVID. 

This should be very rare here at UAlbany as most courses have returned to their original mode of instruction. The VMSS unit will advise applicable students should their benefits be impacted. 

Questions should be directed to [email protected] 

Fall 2021

The University at Albany has returned to in-person class scheduling protocols.  Standard Veteran Affair / GI Bill policy for In-Person (Resident) vs Online training has resumed.  

The only online courses that can now be counted as In-Person/Resident are those moved to online due to COVID-19; at this time there are no courses meeting that standard.

If you have any questions as it relates to your GI Bill benefits, please email [email protected] prior to course enrollment / term start to receive specific advisement.

Spring 2020 through Summer 2021

The information below highlights the temporary policy changes from Spring 2020 through the end of Summer 2021:

We have received confirmation from the SUNY Veteran Services Coordinator of the following:

"The State Approving Agency HAS approved the switch to online so right now it is business as usual though the term — students will receive payments until the end of the term."

Simply stated, veterans here at UAlbany will not experience any change in their GI Bill benefit entitlement for this term as a result of UAlbany moving to online instruction due to COVID-19. 

However, anyone using GI Bill benefits should contact VMSS anytime you make a voluntary change to distant learning outside this specific event (e.g. COVID-19 adjustments) as this can impact benefit entitlements.

Again, information will be shared immediately as clear policy and guidance is provided.


See the Veteran Affairs FAQs on COVID-19