Upon admission to the College, students eligible for financial benefits from the Veterans Administration must report to the Registrar's Office. The Veterans Affairs Office is located within the Registrar's Office on the 2nd floor of Kearney Hall in room 201. A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility is necessary to complete the application process.
VA Benefits Chapters
VA benefits are available through the following chapters:
Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill
Under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, Veterans may receive up to full tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, and a yearly books and supplies stipend. It is anticipated that several hundred thousand veterans are eligible, and some benefits are transferable to spouses and children as well. For detailed information about the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and eligibility, veterans should contact The Department of Veterans Affairs or visit www.gibill.va.gov.
Yellow Ribbon Program
St. John Fisher College is also a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is an additional benefit authorized under the new Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. This program, in combination with the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and other federal aid, may cover full tuition and fees for eligible veterans. The Yellow Ribbon Program at St. John Fisher College was recently expanded to include eligible undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Please note that the Yellow Ribbon Program benefits cannot be combined with other St. John Fisher College tuition discounts. Questions about Fisher's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program should be directed to Angela Monnat, Director of Financial Aid, at (585) 385-8042.
Chapter 30 - The Montgomery GI Bill is for individuals who have been on active duty since 7/01/85, and who paid into an education fund for one year.
Chapter 1606-1607 - The Montgomery GI Bill - Selective Reserves (formerly chapter 106) is for individuals in the Selected Reserves or National Guard (not on active duty). They must be currently and actively drilling and under a 6-year contract. They are only eligible for benefits as long as they remain in the reserves.
Chapter 32 - The Veterans Educational Assistance Program is the post-Vietnam era program. It is for individuals who served on active duty from 1/1/77 – 6/30/85. This program is sometimes called VEAP.
Chapter 35 - The Dependents Educational Assistance Program is the only benefit for individuals without military service. It is for the dependents of a member of the Armed Forces who has died while on active duty or as the result of a service-connected disability, or is 100% permanently and totally disabled for a service-related reason. Dependents receive up to 45 months of full-time benefits. Children generally are eligible for benefits between the ages of 18 and 26, but in certain instances may begin before age 18 and continue beyond age 26.
Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation is for disabled veterans. This is the most unique program and each school is assigned a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist to work with these students, and to assist the School Certifying Official. These disabled veterans go through a testing process to determine if they are eligible for the benefit. If eligible, the VA sends an Authorization. Full tuition, fees, books, and in many cases, even parking are paid by the VA to the school. In addition, the student gets a monthly check depending on the training status.
Waiting For VA Education Benefits?
The Department of Veterans Affairs has made funds available for veteran students who are still awaiting their education benefit claim to be processed. Eligible veterans can receive up to $3,000 in advance, which will be recouped from future benefit payments. If you are a student who applied for one of VA's education programs and have not yet received your monthly benefit payment, you can request a one-time advance payment at your local VA regional Office or through Department of Veterans Affairs website.
St. John Fisher College Veterans Affairs Office
Email: Mary Schild at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (585) 385-8031
Fax: (585) 385-7303
Department of Veterans Affairs
Education (GI Bill): 1-888-442-4551
VA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000
Military Loan Brochure [pdf] - from the Federal Student Aid website
Fisher Makes “Best Colleges for Veterans” List
St. John Fisher College has been included on the inaugural Best Colleges for Veterans ranking published by U.S. News & World Report. Fisher ranked 29th out of 52 schools in the National Universities category.
The new rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members.
All of the “Best Colleges for Veterans” scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation, and other markers of academic quality in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges. To qualify for the new rankings, the schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.
“As a Navy veteran, I am especially pleased that we have been recognized as a College that successfully serves the academic needs of our veterans. It is an honor to provide an outstanding education in a welcoming and supportive environment to those courageous men and women who have volunteered to serve our nation. I recall clearly the challenges of returning to college following active duty service and I am especially proud of the skill, the discipline, and the success of the veterans enrolled at St. John Fisher College,” said President Donald Bain.
In total, there were 234 ranked schools across all 10 U.S. News & World Report ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest, and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest, and West).