Special Provisions for Students in the Military

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From the day John Jay opened its doors, veterans have been important members of our undergraduate and graduate classes. To help veterans throughout their course of study, The City University of New York has established various incentives to ease the financial burden of attending college.

Please review the various benefits available:


Students who leave CUNY to fulfill military obligations
1. Students called up to the reserves or drafted before the end of the semester:
Grades. In order to obtain a grade, a student must attend 13 weeks (five weeks for summer session).

Refunds. A student called up to the reserves or drafted or who does not attend for a sufficient time to qualify for a grade is entitled to a 100 percent refund of tuition and all other fees except application fees.

2. Students who volunteer (enlist) for the military:
Grades. Same provision as for students called up to the reserves. In order to obtain a grade, a student must attend 13 weeks (five weeks for summer session).

Refunds. The amount of the refund depends upon whether the withdrawal is before the fifth week of classes.

  • Withdrawal before the beginning of the fifth calendar week (third calendar week for summer sessions): 100 percent refund of tuition and all other fees except application fees
  • Withdrawal thereafter: 50 percent refund


3. Other Provisions for Military Service:
Resident Tuition Rates. These lower rates are applicable to all members of the armed services, their spouses and their dependent children, on full-time active duty and stationed in the State of New York.

Re-enrollment of Veterans. Veterans who are returning students are given preferred treatment in the following ways:

  • Veterans who were former students with unsatisfactory scholastic records may be read­mitted with a probationary program.
  • Veterans, upon their return, may register even after normal registration periods, without late fees.
  • Granting of college credit for military service and armed forces instructional courses.
  • Veterans returning too late to register may audit classes without charge

Late Admissions.Veterans with no previous college experience are permitted to file applications up to the date of registration, and are allowed to begin classes pending completion of their application and provision of supporting documents.

Readmission Fee.Upon return from military service, a student will not be charged a readmission fee to register at the same college.

Veterans Tuition Deferrals. Veterans are entitled to a one-time deferment of their tuition payment pending receipt of veterans' benefits.

New York State National Guard Tuition Assistance Active members of the New York National Guard, who are legal residents of New York State and who do not have a baccalaureate degree, are eligible for tuition assistance for undergraduate study.


Veterans Benefits: Montgomery G.I. Bill–Active Duty (Chapter 30)
Under Chapter 30, individuals who entered military service on or after July 1, 1985 and had their basic military pay reduced by $100 per month for the first 12 months of service are generally eligible. For up- to-date information, please visit the Veterans Affairs website.



Veterans Benefits: Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33)
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 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. However, to be eligible for 100% of the benefits, you must have served three years post-September 10, 2001. For up- to-date information, please visit the Veterans Affairs website.


Veterans Benefits: Montgomery G.I. Bill–Selective Reserve (Chapter 106)
Under Chapter 106, individuals who are satisfactorily participating in required training or who are fulfilling an obligated service of not less than six years in the Selective Reserve are eligible for benefits. For up- to-date information, please visit the Veterans Affairs website.


Military Deferment for Loan Repayments
Effective July 1, 2006, for all loan programs issued through John Jay (Direct Loans and Perkins Loans), a new military deferment has been created, effective for loans for which the first disbursement is made on or after July 1, 2001. On or after July 1, 2006, a qualified borrower may receive a deferment for a period in which he or she meets the qualifications after July 1, 2001. The deferment shall not exceed a total of three years, and applies only to periods during which borrowers are serving on active duty during a war or other military operation, or national emergency, or performing qualifying National Guard duty during a war or other military operation or national emergency. As a result, not all active duty military personnel are eligible for this new deferment.

For Further Information, please contact:

Direct Loans: 800.848.0979
Perkins (ECSI): 888.549.3274