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. To be waived from the undergraduate application fee, military veterans and current military members (active, reserve and National Guard) should follow the instructions click here

For more information on Undergraduate Admissions, see 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 and Military Point of Contact, 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