Prospective Students

Prospective Students

Information on Admissions, and Academic and Personal Transition

Guides for New John Jay Veteran Students

  • Living in NYC on a Post 9/11 GI Bill Budget (pdf)
  • Navigating NYC Housing (pdf)
  • Planning for Academic Success (pdf)
  • John Jay Veterans' Benefits Handbook (pdf)



John Jay College of Criminal Justice actively guides and assists veteran, military member (active, reserve, and National Guard) and military family member applicants in their admission. For questions and additional support regarding admissions, contact the Admissions Office at or the Military and Veteran Services Manager at

Undergraduate Admissions

Full information on undergraduate admission click here. Veterans seeking undergraduate admission apply to John Jay using the standard City University of New York (CUNY) online application click here

For our John Jay Undergraduate Veterans Admissions brochure which includes information on waving the undergraduate admissions application fee, click here

Graduate Admissions

Veterans seeking graduate admission apply directly to John Jay College by clicking here. To be waived from the graduate application fee, after submitting their applications, veteran and military members must provide copies of their DD-214 or military documentation in-person at John Jay Admissions or by email to

For more information on Graduate Admissions, see here.

Seat Deposit/Commitment Deposit

Newly accepted veteran and military undergraduate and graduate students will be granted a seat deposit waiver upon submission of their DD214 or other verification of military service to John Jay Admissions. For more information, first year students, click here. Transfer students, click hereGraduate students, click here.

In-state Tuition for Military-related Students

1. Veterans

Effective Spring 2015, individuals who are eligible for educational assistance under federal GI bills will be charged the in-state rate at the CUNY senior colleges and the in-city rate at the CUNY community colleges. This includes individuals who served in active military, naval or air service and members of the National Guard and reservists who meet the requirements for benefits under federal GI bills. A veteran who meets the above eligibility criteria is entitled to the in-state or in-city rate even if he or she is not actually receiving benefits under a federal GI bill.

In order to prove veteran status, a student must provide U.S. Department of Defense Form DD214 or a Certificate of Eligibility from the U.S. Department of Defense or the Veterans Administration.

2. Family Members of Certain Uniformed Service Members

In certain cases, spouses and dependents of veterans or other uniformed service members are also entitled to educational assistance under federal GI bills. Effective Spring 2015, spouses and dependents who are eligible for educational assistance under federal GI bills are also entitled to the in-state or in-city rate. Generally, these are the spouses or dependents of service members who died or were disabled by their service, or to whom the veteran has transferred his/her veteran’s educational benefits. Note that a student who was the spouse or dependent child of a service member at the time the educational assistance was transferred would be entitled to the resident rate, even if he/she is not currently a spouse or dependent child (for example in the case of a divorce.)

In order to prove status as a child or spouse of veteran, the child or spouse must provide a Certificate of Eligibility from the U.S. Department of Defense or the Veterans Administration.

3. Service Members and Family Members Stationed in New York

Members of the armed forces of the United States on a full-time active duty station in the State of New York, and their spouses and dependent children, who enroll at a CUNY college, shall be charged the in-state tuition rate. Such students shall continue to be charged the in-state rate at CUNY even if they are subsequently discharged from military service.


Information on Military Benefits and Financial Aid for John Jay students.

Ms. Chrissy Pacheco, Veteran Certifying Official, offers guidance and support for veteran and military students on applying and using VA, military, and state benefits to fund their John Jay College education.  Contact Ms. Pacheco at email:; or phone: (212) 237-8153. 

Department of Veteran Affairs Benefits

Information on the veteran educational benefit programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs is found at:  Programs often used by John Jay veterans to finance their studies include: Post-9/11 GI BillVocational Rehabilitation & EmploymentMontgomery GI Bill, and Survivors and Dependent Assistance.

New York State Veteran Educational Benefits

Information on New York State Veterans Tuition Awards and other benefit programs for military and certain family member students. Website.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All John Jay veteran students are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA application to determine their eligibility for financial aid beyond military benefits. Website

Priority Registration for Veteran and Military Students 

Veteran and military students are given PRIORITY (first group) registration appointments for each enrollment period. If you are NOT recieving an early registration appointment for each semester after your initial enrollment at John Jay, contact Ms. Chrissy Pacheco, Veteran Certifying Official,; 212-237-8153. 

John Jay Scholarships for Veteran and Military Students

T-Mobile has generously donated 6-annual scholarships for veteran and military graduate, undergraduate and STEM students. For information for undergraduate students and graduate students see:

MyCAA Financial Assistance for Military Spouse Students

John Jay  College participates in the MyCAA Scholarship program for active-duty military spouses.  MYCAA provides up to $4,000 in financial assistance for the career advancement of active-duty military spouses working towards a license, certification, or Associate’s degree in particular career fields. Qualification also is based within eligible pay grade quadrants (E1 through E-5, W1 through W-2, and O1 through O-2). Steps to get started include registration, establishing MyICP, creating an education plan, and requesting financial assistance.  For program information and to apply, go to:

Veteran Certifying Official, Chrissy Pacheco (, is the college liaison for John Jay students approved for MyCAA assistance.

Certification Form for VA and Other Military Benefit Programs 

  • VA Enrollment Certification Form (pdf)


All John Jay Student seeking to use the Department of Veterans Post 911 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, Montgomery GI Bill or other educational benefit programs; military Tuition Assistance (TA) programs; and New York State military and veteran benefit program must submit the attached certifiation form after they register for classes to Ms. Chrissy Pachecho, Certifying Official in her office in Financial Aid (6th floor, BMW Building) or to This form must be submitted EACH SEMESTER to request certification for benefits after a student registers for classes.