Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs responsible for administering the Department’s programs that provide financial and other forms of assistance to veterans, their dependents, and survivors. Major benefits include Veterans’ compensation, Veterans’ pension, survivors’ benefits, rehabilitation and employment assistance, education assistance, home loan guaranties, and life insurance coverage.

If you are serving on active duty in the United States uniformed services, including active National Guard and Reserve with federal pay, you may be eligible for VA benefits both during service and after separation or retirement. If you are a traditional or technical member of the National Guard and Reserve, you may also be eligible for some VA benefits. Find out which benefits you may qualify for—and when to apply. You’ll also learn about these benefits in your required Transition Assistance Program (TAP) briefing.

For questions about benefits, please contact:

  • New York Regional Benefit Office
    Facility type: Benefits
    245 W Houston Street
    New York, NY 10014Main Number: 1-800-827-1000Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4pm
  • New York Regional Office Outbased at Manhattan VAMC
    Facility type: Benefits
    423 East 23rd Street
    New York, NY 10010Main Number: 212-686-7500

Veterans at CUNY

The CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and to developing a channel of communication among veteran and reservist students, and with faculty, staff, and administration. The City University of New York welcomes and supports veterans and reservists on its campuses and recognizes the contribution that they make as citizens and students. CUNY is proud of the level of diversity and academic excellence that veterans and reservists bring to our campuses.

CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs is a virtual one-stop source of information regarding services for veterans, reservists and their dependents and survivors. It is a guide to educational benefits, entitlements, counseling and advocacy resources, which will assist veterans in pursuing their academic and civilian careers. Download CUNY’s comprehensive brochure for veterans.

For questions, please contact:

CUNY Central Office for Student Affairs
555 West 57th Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10019

P: 646-664-8800

For information regarding Veterans services at CUNY SPH, contact


Service members wishing to enroll through the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Program must consult their Educational Services Officers (ESO) or counselor within their military service prior to enrolling. More information can be found at this link.

Service members should check Financing Your Education for information on financial aid and CUNY’s Academic Policy on Military Service for information on:

  • Admission, Readmission, and Enrollment
  • Academic Credit for Students Called to Active Duty
  • Academic Credit For Military Training and Experience
  • Application Fee Waiver for Veterans
  • Fees for Military Personnel Stationed in New York State and their families

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), the following additional provisions have been adopted for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA.  This school will not:

  • Prevent nor delay the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution, including but not limited to access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;
  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the Department of Defense (DOD) policy, the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending.