The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after
September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.
You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The bill
will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. For the most up-to-date information
on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, consult "Education Benefits" on the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Who do I see on my campus about resources for students who have served in the military or the
dependents of people who have served?
BCC's Veterans Affairs Resource Center is a one-stop shop for all people who have any sort of
connection to the U.S. military. Contact the office in Colston Hall, room 509, or at 718.289.5447.
The office is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.-noon.
For additional information regarding resources for veterans at CUNY, contact the CUNY Office of
Student Affairs at 646.344.7277.
How do I know if I am eligible for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance?
You may be eligible for VA educational assistance if you meet the following criteria:
You are on, or were on, active duty for at least two years, and received any honorably characterized
You have a six-year obligation in the Selected Reserves, and remain in good standing with your
reserve unit; or
You are a spouse or child of a veteran who died or was disabled while on military service.
There are several federal aid programs for veterans, each with slightly different eligibility
requirements and payments. Information about these programs are listed under "Education Benefits" on
the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs website. The staff at BCC's Veterans Affairs Resource Center can help you determine
Do I have to reapply for benefits if I am transferring into CUNY?
No, you do not have to reapply. Once you have applied and have received benefits at another institution,
you need to only complete a form to change your place of training and a brief personal data form.
This can be done by contacting the Veterans Affairs Resource Center in Colston Hall, room 509, or
Will the benefit check be sent to CUNY?
Educational benefit checks are sent directly to the veteran or dependent, but arrangements can
be made for direct deposit, which can be requested when you apply for benefits. Direct deposit is
available for all programs except for Chapter 35 [Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
Program (D.E.A.)] educational assistance.
How long will it take to receive my benefits?
First-time applicants should expect to wait at least six to eight weeks from the time the enrollment
certification is sent before payment is received. Continuing students will be processed quicker
provided there have not been any changes in program or address. Keep in mind that Chapter 35 and
Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves) certifications are not processed until the
first day of the enrollment period even though the certification may have been received by the VA
Regional Office earlier.
Can I arrange for direct deposit at any time?
Yes, Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill), and Chapter
1606 (Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves) recipients may request the direct deposit option by
completing VA Form 22-0296, which authorizes direct deposit of your payments.
Are VA educational benefits taxable?
No, veterans' benefits, paid under any law and administered by the VA, should not be reported
as income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
I receive Chapter 30 or Chapter 1606 educational benefits and have to verify my enrollment
each month. How do I do that?
Anyone receiving Chapter 30 benefits (Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty) or Chapter 1606 benefits
(Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves) must verify their enrollment each month to the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs in order to receive payment for that month. Your enrollment can be verified
on the last calendar day of the month by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.)
system, or by calling the toll-free interactive voice response (IVR) telephone line at 1.877.823.-2378.
Paper verification forms (VA Forms 22-8979) will no longer be issued for students receiving Chapter
Do students receiving Chapter 33 or Chapter 35 educational assistance need to verify their enrollment
No, dependents or spouses receiving educational assistance under Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)
or Chapter 35 (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program) do not have to verify
their enrollment to the VA each month.
How can I update my address or financial institution information for direct deposit?
If you are currently receiving benefits, or have received benefits in the last year, you can
use the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.) system to update your address or your
financial institution information. Visit the GI Bill W.A.V.E. page; follow the instructions to log-on
to W.A.V.E.; and then follow the links to change your address and direct deposit information.
What happens if I drop a course during the semester?
If you drop a course and the adjustment changes your training time, you must notify BCC's Veterans
Affairs Resource Center immediately. This must be done even if you have already notified the VA
on the W.A.V.E. system. A change in training time may affect your rate of payment, and failure to
notify the Veterans Affairs Resource Center in a timely manner could result in an overpayment.
Are there any academic support services available to students who are veterans?
Some veterans are eligible for tutorial benefits. In order to be eligible for tutorial benefits,
veterans must be receiving monthly veterans benefits on at least a half-time basis. Such veteran
students are entitled to 12 months of tutorial benefits at a maximum of $100 per month. There is
also a wide range of student services offered at BCC. ear.
In addition to college work-study, are there any work-study programs designed to assist veterans?
Students may be eligible for veteran's work-study benefits. In order to be eligible, students
must be receiving full-time veterans benefits. Such students can work up to 750 hours per year at
a rate of at least the federal minimum wage. The Veterans Affairs Resource Center can assist you.
Are all dependents of veterans eligible to receive educational benefits?
No, only dependents who are eligible for Chapter 35 (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
Program) may be considered for benefits. Chapter 35 provides educational assistance to the spouses
and children of veterans who died while on active duty or were totally disabled due to their military
experience. Eligibility questions should be directed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Are any services available to veterans with disabilities?
Vocational Rehabilitation Services are available through the VA for veterans with disabilities.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services are available to full-time and part-time students who have at
least a 20% disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. These services are comprehensive
and include payment for tuition, fees and a monthly stipend. In addition, classroom accommodations
and support services are available to veterans with disabilities through BCC's Office of Student
Disability Services, located in Loew Hall, room 215, 718.289.5874.
Are any benefits or services available to the dependents of disabled veterans?
There are several federal and state programs available to dependants of disabled veterans. For
more information contact the Veterans Affairs Resource Center.
Are tuition benefits available to NY State National Guard members and/or children of deceased
or disabled veterans?
For details on tuition benefits available for N.Y. State National Guard members and/or children
of deceased or disabled veterans refer to the "Financing Your Education" section of the
CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs website.
What if I need to talk to someone about personal issues? Are there any services available?
Yes, there are a number of supportive services available to you. On campus, you can visit the
Office of Psychological Services for free, confidential, and short-term counseling (in Loew Hall,
room 210). Their aim is to help students work through personal and emotional concerns that may negatively
influence academic performance. They also provide referral services. You can reach them at 718.289.5873.
You can learn more about them here.
There are also services offered through all of the VA medical centers in New York
City. The closest one to the BCC campus is the James J. Peters Medical Center located at 130 West
Kingsbridge Road. You can reach them at 718.584.9000. You can learn more about them here.
The Bronx Vet Center has a long history of providing confidential counseling services
to individuals who have combat exposure. The nearest Vet Center is 2471 Morris Ave., Suite 1A, Bronx,
NY 10468. You can reach them at 718.367.3500.