All students, regardless of what benefits they believe they may be eligible for, should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online. If you do not have access to a computer, you may complete your application online at the Veterans Affairs Resource Center or in one of BCC’s computer labs.
Students new to CUNY, who have not used any U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance benefits, can receive information about applying for benefits by contacting the Veterans Affairs Resource Center in Colston Hall, room 509, or at 718-289-5447.
Transfer students who have received U.S Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance benefits at non-CUNY institutions of higher education should apply in person to BCC’s certifying official via the Veterans Affairs Resource Center. Generally, transfer students only need to complete a VA 22-1995 Change in Place of Training Form, which can be obtained either from the Veterans Affairs Resource Center or the GI Bill website.
Continuing students can be certified for benefits as soon as they have registered for the semester.
Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities are eligible for additional financial help when they apply for Vocational Rehabilitation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Information concerning these benefits can be accessed from the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service website. Students with disabilities must have a VA-certified disability rating of at least 20%. Disabled students will receive authorization directly from the VA. The certifying officer will then notify the VA when the student is enrolled and in attendance at the College. The telephone number for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment of the NY Regional Office of Veterans Affairs is 1-800-827-1000.
Dependents who have not received Dependants’ Educational Assistance Benefits (Chapter 35) will need to apply using VA Form 22-5490 or provide a previously issued Certificate of Eligibility. New Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) and Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) recipients will need to complete a VA Form 22-1990. These forms are available in the BCC Veterans Affairs Resource Center. Links to all forms are available online at the CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs.