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Veterans

SUNY ESF is proud to support the educational goals of our students and families who have served their country. The Registrar's Office provides information and assistance with certification paperwork for Veterans Affairs educational benefits. All students eligible for VA Education Benefits must file the appropriate paperwork with the VA Certifying Official according to their specific situations.

On Campus Support

VA Certifying Official: Leslie A. Rutkowski, College Registrar
Email: larutkow@esf.edu

Education Benefits

For Post-9/11 Chapter 33 and Other Programs, Chapter 30 MGIB, Chapter 31 Voc-Rehab, Chapter 35 Survivor/Dependents, Chapter, 1606 Select Reserve, 1607 REAP

Find out which program you are eligible for and other benefit information

Apply for benefits

  • For the application process, please follow the instructions for VONAPP on the VA website
    • 22-1990 Application for VA Education benefits
    • 22-1990E Transfer of Benefit to family member

Documentation

What to send to SUNY ESF's VA Certifying Official (send any that apply to you):

New Students

  • SUNY-ESF VA enrollment application
  • Member 4 copy of DD-214 discharge papers
  • VA Certificate of Eligibility -- if you have previously applied for VA education benefits.
  • DD-2384-1 form (Reservist or National Guard applying for Chapter 1606 Selected Reserves). This form is obtained from your unit.
  • Any "kicker" (additional education benefits contract) documentation.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Authorization Form (1905). Provided by VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment counselor if you will be receiving Chapter 31 education benefits.

Transfer Students
Students who had been receiving VA benefits at another college must complete a Change of Program/Place of Training form to receive benefits at ESF.

Continuing Students
Continuing Students are asked to submit the SUNY-ESF VA enrollment application every semester to notify the VA certifying official that they have registered for classes, not only for fall and spring semesters, but also if they are planning on taking any Summer Session classes at ESF or Syracuse University.

Certification of Enrollment

The Certifying Official will send certification of enrollment to the VA each semester.

  • It is the student's responsibility to contact the Certifying Official once you are registered for a term.
  • It is the student's responsibility to notify the Certifying Official in writing of any changes in degree program.
  • It is the student's responsibility to notify the Certifying Official if withdrawing from or adding a course.

If you receive Chapter 30, 35, 1606 or 1607, you must complete enrollment certification with the VA each month that you qualify for benefits. This should be completed the last day of each month online at Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.) or by phone 877-823-2378. Once enrollment certification is submitted, the status of your payment can be checked by calling the New York state regional office at 888-442-4551. The VA Certifying Official DOES NOT have access to payment status information such as housing allowance or book stipends. You can find information on your benefit status at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage.

Scholarships

For further information about scholarships and awards for Veterans and to apply, please visit the Military Corner. You also may call 888-697-4372 or send an email to militarycorner@hesc.com.

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