Veterans Benefits and Resources

The faculty and staff of SUNY Old Westbury are proud to be of service to those who have served, and we recognize the contributions veterans make to the greater diversity of experience and perspective in our classes and on campus.

Veterans of the U.S. military should first apply to SUNY Old Westbury through the traditional admissions process. Once you are registered for classes, please arrange to meet with the College’s Certifying Officer in the Office of the Registrar.

The enrollment certification process must be repeated every term. You must bring the following documentation with you: Copy of your DD214 (if not yet submitted), your Certificate of Eligibility, NOBE or approval letter from the VA.

Federal Benefits Available to Veterans

  • Post 9/11 Bill (Chapter 33): Once you receive the Certificate of Eligibility in the mail, bring it to a Certifying Officer in the Office of the Registrar. Payment of tuition and fees are mailed directly to the college. The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and book stipend are sent directly to you from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Apply for your Chapter 33 benefits.
  • Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35): Eligible spouses and children of veterans who have died or are partially or totally disabled through the service may complete a VA form #5490 and bring to a Certifying Officer in the Office of the Registrar. Apply for your Chapter 35 benefits.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31): Contact a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Learn more about Chapter 31 benefits.
  • Reservists/National Guard (Chapter 1606): Obtain from your unit a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) and bring it to a Certifying Officer in the Office of the Registrar.
    • Additional Benefits for Reservists:
      • The Army National Guard (ARNG) Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Program can be used to pay for undergraduate, graduate and certification/licensure courses. The course or program must be taken at a regionally or nationally accredited public or private college, university, vocational, technical or trade school. Learn more about FTA Program.
      • 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.

New York State Benefits Available to Veterans

SUNY Old Westbury Benefits Available to Veterans

  • Exemption from Payment of Parking and Vehicle Registration Fees: Any veteran, as defined in section 360 of the New York State Education Law, in attendance as a student at SUNY Old Westbury shall be exempt from vehicle registration and parking fees upon submission by the veteran of a written request for exemption together with written certification by the veteran that such veteran was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from such service. Such request, along with the required supporting documentation, should be presented in person or mailed to:
    SUNY Old Westbury
    Division of Business & Finance
    P.O. Box 210
    Old Westbury, NY 11568
    Attn: Associate Vice President for Business Affairs & Controller
  • New Provisions for Military Personnel Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) -- Readmission Policy: As long as the following conditions are met, SUNY Old Westbury will readmit a student who has been on active-duty service in the Armed Forces (including Reserves and National Guard) with the same academic status as when the student last attended:
    • The student gives advance notice (written or verbal) of the call to active duty or, upon seeking readmission, submits a written verification that such service was performed, requiring their absence.
    • The absence from school for active duty does not exceed five years.
    • The student submits a notification of intent to re-enroll within three years after the completion of service or within two years after recovery from an illness or injury incurred during the service.
    • The separation from service was not dishonorable.
For general information, please refer to Readmission.

VA Contact Information

  • Veterans Benefits Administration Education and Training Call Center: 1-888 442 4551