Veterans Resources and Initiatives
Applying to GS
Primary Contact Information
GS Office of Educational Financing
408 Lewisohn Hall
New York, NY 10027
If you would like to be added to recipient list for the GS Student Veteran News & Announcements email, please complete the Veteran Email subscription request form.
Veterans Affairs Regional Office
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, New York 14140
Phone: (888) 442-4551
Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
245 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10014
Phone: (800) 827-1000; (212) 807-7229
Fax: (212) 807-4024
Prospective and admitted GS students should consult the financial aid page for veterans benefits.
If you or one of your family members are a military veteran, you may obtain information regarding educational opportunities, the GI Bill®, and the Veterans Educational Assistance Program by consulting the GI Bill website, the education office at the nearest base, or the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, P.O. Box 4616, Buffalo, NY 14140; (888) 442-4551.
For information on veterans benefits for New York State residents, contact Nedra Gordon, Office of the Registrar, 210 Kent Hall, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; (212) 854-2515.
If you have never received any VA education benefits, you must bring a copy of your DD214 form (photocopies are acceptable) to the Office of the Registrar, 210 Kent Hall. The Office of the Registrar will fill out a VA 22-1999 form and send it to the Veterans Benefit office.
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 from the Veterans Benefits Administration web site.
Reserves or National Guard
If you have never received any VA education benefits, you must bring a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) form (photocopies are acceptable) to the Office of the Registrar, 210 Kent. The Office of the Registrar will fill out VA form 22-1999 and send it to the Veterans Benefit office.
Dependent of a Veteran
If you already have a VA file number and information stating that you are eligible for benefits, you should bring all your information to the Office of the Registrar, 210 Kent.
If you have not already received a file number and eligibility information from VA, please contact the VA Regional Office for information. Many questions may be answered by visiting the VA website.
Returning From Duty
GS Academic Resource Center
Provides a variety of support services to GS students. In addition to individual tutoring in a variety of subject areas, the ARC offers workshops designed to improve students' learning strategies.
Provides integrated, accessible services and programs that support the well-being of the campus community and the personal and academic development of students.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Supports the psychological and emotional well-being of the campus community by providing individual counseling for students, couples counseling for students and their partners, student life support groups, and medication consultations. Emergency consultations are available to the entire University community. Alfred Lerner Hall, 8th Floor; (212) 854-2878.
Office of Disability Services
Facilitates equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating reasonable accommodations and support services.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Official website of VA.
Making the Connection: Support Services for Veterans
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Includes searchable database of resources and support services available throughout the country.
New York State Division of Veterans Affairs
Provides benefits counseling and advocacy for veterans.
PTSD Recovery Programs
Resource for PTSD recovery programs and centers.
Leaving for Duty
Any student who is a member of the National Guard or other reserve component of the armed forces of the United States or of the state-organized militia and is called or ordered to active duty will be granted a military leave of absence for the period of active duty and for one year thereafter.
Upon return from military leave of absence, the student will be restored to the educational status attained prior to being called or ordered to such duty without loss of academic credits earned, scholarships or grants awarded, or tuition or other fees paid prior to the commencement of active duty. The University will credit any tuition or fees paid for the period of the military leave of absence to the next enrollment period or will refund the tuition and fees paid to the student, at the student's option.
Students in need of a military leave of absence should contact their advisor in the Dean of Students Office.
Columbia participates in the Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC programs. These programs include students from schools throughout the New York City area.
The New York City Army ROTC program is based at Fordham University. The New York City Air Force ROTC program is based at Manhattan College. The New York City Naval ROTC program is based at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx.
GS Student Veteran Newsletter Request
To be added to recipient list for the GS Student Veteran News & Announcements email, complete the GS Student Veteran Newsletter Request Form.