How to Apply for Benefits

All Students, regardless of what benefits they believe they may be eligible for, should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Federal Aid

There are several federal aid programs for veterans. The programs, with eligibility requirements and payments, are listed by The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Click Here to View A List of Commonly Used Educational Assistance Benefits

US Department of Veteran Affairs:  Education Benefits

State Aid

  • Veterans Tuition Awards
  • Tuition Benefit for Active New York State National Guard Members
    New York Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance Program (ARNG FTA)
  • New York State Veterans Tuition Award
  • Regents Award for Children Of Deceased or Disabled Veterans
    Military Service Recognition Scholarship (formerly War on Terrorism Scholarship)
  • New York State 4/03 Support For Military Families

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Merit-Based Aid

A variety of merit-based aid exists through scholarships, grants, and fellowships. Some of this aid is based on veteran or dependent status. Veteran’s organizations frequently offer merit-based aid.

Students are encouraged to research such options through his/her campus Financial Aid Office and/or on the web.
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Application for Work-Study Allowance

Students may be eligible for Veteran’s Work-Study benefits. In order to be eligible, students must be receiving at least ¾ -time veterans benefits. Contact the veterans affairs campus representative for info on VA Work-Study Opportunities.

If you’re a full-time or 3/4-time student, you can “earn while you learn” with a VA work-study allowance. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: Read More

Who is Eligible?
The program is open to persons training on a full-time or 3/4-time basis under the following programs:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) (Veterans and transfer-of-entitlement recipients)
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30)
  • REAP Participants
  • Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
  • Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32)
  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
  • Eligible dependents under Chapter 35 may use work-study only while training in a state
  • National Call to Service Participants
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program (Chapter 31)


You can download a copy of the application form HERE.

How Much Can I Earn?
You will earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage or your State minimum wage, whichever is greater, and may work during or between periods of enrollment. You can arrange with VA to work any number of hours you want during your enrollment, but, the total number of hours you work can’t be more than 25 times the number of weeks in your enrollment period (e.g. if you are enrolled in a 12 week term the maximum number of hours you may work is 300).

You may elect to be paid in advance for 40 percent of the number of hours in your work-study agreement, or for 50 hours, whichever is less. After you have completed the hours covered by your first payment, VA will pay you each time you complete 50 hours of service.

What Type of Work May I Do?
Services you perform under a VA work-study program must be related to VA work. Examples of acceptable work at CUNY may include:

  • The preparation and processing of necessary papers and other documents
  • Assisting with the dissemination of general information regarding veteran benefits and/or services
  • Providing assistance to veteran students with general inquiries about veteran benefits via phone, email, or in person
  • Maintaining and organizing veteran-related files


How Do I Apply?

  • Interested veteran students must submit a resume (2-page maximum) and VA Form 22-8691, Application for Work-Study Allowance to Please title your subject line “VA Work-Study”.
  • Applications will be evaluated and candidates will be selected throughout the year as needed to fill vacancies.
  • Those selected to fill VA Work-Study positions must be prepared to start within 30 days of selection notification.

For more information, visit VA Student Work-Study Allowance Program on the VA website.