Veteran Benefits

St. Thomas Aquinas College | Military Friendly SchoolPost-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act (Chapter 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides up to 36 months of educational benefits for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Eligibility for benefits is extended to 15 years from the last period of active duty. Benefit entitlement is determined by length of active duty after September 11, 2001. In addition to tuition and fees, which is capped at the highest in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution, three are provisions for a monthly housing allowance, which equates to E-5 basic allowance for housing with dependents (based on zip code,) and a yearly stipend of $1,000 for books and equipment.  

Visit the GI Bill® website for more information on eligibility.

Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (Chapter 30)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits payable for 10 years following release from active duty. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses.

Visit the GI Bill® website for more information on eligibility and to apply online.

MYCAA Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts

MYCAA is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses. This scholarship helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or associate's degrees to gain employment in high demand, high growth portable career fields and occupations.

Visit the MYCAA website for more information on eligibility.

Tuition Assistance (TA) Program

Armed Forces 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.

NY Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance Program (ARNG FTA)

ARNG FTA offers New York Army National Guard soldiers from %250 per credit to $4,500 annual, not to exceed the cost of the course or program. The institution must be accredited but may include public/private colleges, universities, vocational, technical or trade schools within and outside of New York State. ARNG FTA also funds non-degree study. While professional degrees are eligible, doctoral programs are not.  

Visit www.dmna.state.ny.us/education for more information on eligibility.

Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS)

MSRS offers awards for spouses, children and financial dependents of a service member whose parent/spouse was severely and permanently disabled or killed at any time on or after August 8, 1990 and was a New York resident at that time. The awards allow for direct costs (tuition, fees, on-campus room and board, commuter student allowance, books, supplies, and transportation) at a public/private university up to the cost of CUNY tuition. The MSRS award may not exceed the cost of attendance, and additional awards may result in its reduction. 

Visit www.hesc.ny.gov (Military Corner) for more information on eligibility.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) aids veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. If any training is needed, the VA will pay your training costs, such as tuition and fees, books, supplies, equipment, and, if needed, special services. While in training, the VA will also pay a monthly benefit to help with living expenses. To receive an evaluation for VR&E services, a veteran must have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable and have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%.

Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

The MGIB-SR program provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserves and the Army and Air National Guard. This program does not require to serve on active duty to qualify.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)

REAP is an education program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and National Guard who are called to active service. The educational assistance allowance payable under REAP is a percentage of the MGIB rate based on the number of continuous days served on active duty.

Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program (RIRP)

RIRP is a tuition benefit for active New York National Guard members. It provides eligible, qualified applicants who have completed advanced individual training within the NYS Military Forces (Army and Air National Guard, Naval Militia) the cost of tuition up to $4,350 per calendar year. It will cover tuition after all other financial aid has been applied to charges.

Visit www.dmna.state.ny.us/education for more information on eligibility.

NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans

This award will grant $450 to eligible students whose parent(s) served during specific periods of time and died or suffered 40% or more disability, or are classified as missing in action or prisoner of war. Parent(s) must be current New York State residents or was a New York State resident at the time of death/classified status. 

Visit www.hesc.ny.gov (Military Corner) for more information on eligibility.