Aid For U.S. Military Veterans

Aid For U.S. Military Veterans

In addition to GS institutional scholarships and the Yellow Ribbon Program, there are several opportunities for U.S. military personnel to receive both federal and state financial aid.

Resources for VA Educational Benefits

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
VA offers a variety of educational and vocational benefits for active duty services members, veterans and dependents.Those include the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Program; Vocational Rehabilitation; Dependents Educational Assistance; Montgomery GI Bill; and Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship.

Resources for Federal Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Resources for State Aid

New York State Higher Education Corporation (HESC)
Information on TAP (Tuition Assistance Program), APTS (Aid for Part-Time Study), and VTA (Veterans Tuition Awards).

New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs offers Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution in New York State. Students must re-apply each year.

New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs
Information for current and former New York State National Guard members.

Additional Funding Resources for Military Personnel, Veterans and Dependents

Army Emergency Relief Scholarship Programs
Scholarship opportunities for children and spouses of current and former Army soldiers.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Scholarship opportunities for children of current and former Marines. Scholarship Search

National Military Family Association Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program
Scholarships are awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post secondary or graduate school. Scholarships range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the number awarded each year varies depending on funding.

ThanksUSA Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded to spouses and dependent children of active-duty military personnel.

Pat Tillman Military Scholarship
The Tillman Military Scholars Program supports educational opportunities for servicemembers and their families. 

VA Mortgage Center Military Education Scholarships
The VA Mortgage Center offers scholarships twice a year.

For those receiving Army Tuition Assistance

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Contact Information

VA Certifying Official
Columbia University School of General Studies
Office of Admissions and Educational Financing
408 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Fax: (212) 854-6316