Veterans and Dependents of Veterans

Provisions in the “Veterans Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability Act of 2014” require all public universities to offer in-state tuition to honorably discharged veterans and dependents.

Policy

In-state Tuition Policy for U.S Military Veterans or the Dependents of U.S. Military Veterans

Such policy shall further provide that the payment and fees by any student who is not a resident of New York State shall be paid at a rate or charge no greater than that imposed for students who are residents of the state if such student is enrolled in University at Buffalo and attending said institution or educational unit in accordance with the federal GI Bills and in compliance with all applicable eligibility requirements thereof.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A spouse or child using GI Bill benefits in which they are eligible for, or;
  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in New York State (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls at University at Buffalo within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more, or;
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the State of New York (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls into University at Buffalo within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

SUNY In-State Tuition Eligibility Chart for Non-Resident Military and Military-Connected Students

SUNY In-State Tuition Eligibility Chart for Non-Resident Military and Military-Connected Students
Military Status or Connection and Criteria Eligible Determining Law
Veteran
Currently eligible for GI Bill and will be using Yes §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Currently eligible for GI Bill and will not be using Yes §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Was eligible for GI Bill but transferred benefits No¹ §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Was eligible but have exhausted GI Bill Yes §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Was eligible but ran out of time Yes §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Was never eligible for GI Bill benefits No¹ §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Will apply to a SUNY within 5 years of receiving diploma or GED from an approved NY school Yes² §355(2)(h)(8)
Active Duty
Stationed at a NY installation Yes §355(2)(h)(3)(i)
Stationed outside NY with at least 90 days of aggregate service time Yes §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Stationed outside of NY with less than 90 days of aggregate service time No¹ §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Will apply to a SUNY within 5 years of receiving diploma or GED from an approved NY school Yes² §355(2)(h)(8)
Reserve and National Guard
Have completed Initial Active Duty for Training Yes §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Have not completed Initial Active Duty for Training No¹ §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Will apply to a SUNY within 5 years of receiving diploma or GED from an approved NY school Yes² §355(2)(h)(8)
Spouse/Dependent
Have a spouse or parent currently stationed at a NY installation Yes §355(2)(h)(3)(i)
Had GI Bill eligibility (Chapter 33 - Post 9/11) transferred to me Yes §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Had GI Bill eligibility (Chapter 33 - Post 9/11) transferred to me and exhausted but remained at same institution Yes³ §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Have GI Bill Chapter 35 Yes §355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Do not have GI Bill eligiblity or a parent stationed at a NY installation No¹ §355(2)(h)(3)(i)/§355(2)(h)(3)(ii)
Will apply to a SUNY within 5 years of receiving diploma or GED from an approved NY school Yes² §355(2)(h)(8)

1 - Individuals not eligible for in-state tuition based on not meeting the eligiblity requirments of the state education laws above will be charged out-of-state tuition under 8 NYCRR §302

2 - Must have attended the approved NY high school for a minimum of 2 years

3 - Federal law requires in-state rate in these circumstances (38 USC Sec. 3679)

Apply

Please fill out the Residency Application for New York State Tuition Purposes—Military and submit required documents listed on the form.

Application Filing Deadlines

We will accept applications for the Military and Veterans exceptions at any time for the current semester.   

If you’ve submitted a residency application and have not received a decision from our office, you are still responsible for paying the amount due by the billing due date.   Failure to pay the amount due will result in a late payment fee.  You should also be aware of the financial liability deadlines, as these may occur while you are waiting for a decision from our office.

Applications and documents will NOT be accepted by fax or email. Communications are conducted through UB email, United States mail, or telephone. You will receive an approval or denial letter in the mail once a decision has been made.

If the deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline is the next business day.