Veteran Services has compiled a list of FAQ's to help its veteran student population transition to life at UB.
Use the GI Bill comparison tool to assist you in determining your eligibility. You can apply for GI Bill benefits by completing the veterans on line application and submitting it to the Veterans Administration.
Please note that the VA does not cover your tuition deposit. However, you will get your deposit refunded at a later date. This process usually takes place during the refund period, and will handled on a case-by-case basis with coordination between UB’s financial aid and student accounts offices.
After you are accepted, we must certify your enrollment in order for you to receive your benefits.
No documentation is required to submit an application; you should denote veteran status as self-determined. Once you have submitted your application, log back into the application portal to see what, if any, additional documentation is required.
To fully consider your application, UB requires your high school transcript — have an official copy uploaded or sent from your school.
If you have completed college coursework, you should request those transcripts as well.
UB also strongly recommends one letter of recommendation. While only one is recommended, you may choose to submit up to three.
You may also want to request transcripts that address your military training and their applicability to the UB Curriculum.
All of these documents can be uploaded through the UB Documentation Upload Center.
New students are required to complete the orientation process, detailed in the steps below.
For Step 2: You can submit your DD-214 as proof of immunization
In most instances, a tuition deposit is required to enroll. If you are eligible for 100% under the GI Bill, any deposit you pay will be refunded once your benefits are paid.
UB requires that all domestic undergraduates at 12+ credit hours and all domestic graduate/professional students at 9+ credit hours carry health insurance. The UB Student Health Insurance Program is mandatory for students at the above credit hour thresholds and is assessed as a mandatory fee to the student’s UB account and billed on the tuition statement.
An annual qualified waiver of this mandatory fee and coverage is available to those students that carry private health insurance coverage that both meets the requirements for attendance and is in full effect by the first day of classes for the semester during which waiver is requested.
Your membership in the U.S. armed forces may qualify you and your dependents for one or more of the Veterans Administration educational benefits.
The service member/veteran educational programs are mandated under Titles 38, 32 and 10 US code. It is important for you to know which chapter you fall under so that you will know what benefits are available to you.
Note: During the application process you may need to decide on one of the following benefits to apply for:
Chapter 30 provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. If you are currently in service, you may be eligible after two years of active duty. Those who entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985, received a high school diploma or equivalent before the end of your first obligated period of service and received an honorable discharge may also be eligible. The amount awarded is based on the type of training you take, length of service, your category, and if DOD put extra money in your MGIB fund. You have about 10 years to use these benefits.
Chapter 31 is a program designed to help veterans with service-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living. Services generally last up to 48 months and include counseling, education and training, financial aid, assistance, and, if needed, medical treatment. Eligibility is available for those who served on or after September 16, 1940, those with service-connected disabilities are rated at least 10% by the VA, you need Vocational Rehabilitation to overcome an employment handicap, and it has been less than 12 years since the VA notified you of your qualified SCD.
Chapter 32 is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The government matches your contributions on a 2-for-1 basis. You must have entered service for the first time between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985.
Chapter 33 provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after Sept. 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for Chapter 33. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, and benefits can be transferred to dependents. Some of the benefits of the Post- 9/11 GI Bill go towards tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, books and supplies, and a one-time rural benefit payment. Individuals must have served an aggregate period of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001.
VA's Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain Veterans.
Any person who enlists, re-enlists, or extends an enlistment in the Selective Reserve for not less than 6 years, in addition to any other period of obligation after June 30, 1985, and completed high school or GED, IADT, 180 days of service in the selective reserve and is satisfactorily participating in require training in the selective reserve.
WAVE is an Internet program used by chapter 30 and 1606 students to verify their enrollment. Verification is required monthly. Students can also use WAVE to change their address and direct deposit information.
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) allows students to “phone in” (1-877-823-2378) their monthly verification if there are no changes to the enrollment during the previous month. If there were changes in the enrollment the student must contact the VA Certifying Official to submit a change in status and the payment may be delayed until the reduction is processed.
An applicant must:
For full-time study, a recipient receives an award of up to undergraduate tuition for NYS residents at the State University of New York (SUNY), or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. Full-time study is defined as 12 or more credits per semester (or the equivalent) in an approved program at a degree-granting institution, or 24 or more hours per week in a vocational training program.
For part-time study, awards will be prorated by credit hour. Part-time study is defined as at least three but fewer than 12 credits per semester (or the equivalent) in an approved program at a degree-granting institution, or six to 23 hours per week in a vocational training program.
NOTE: Tuition payments received by a veteran under the Chapter 33 Program and Yellow Ribbon component will be considered duplicative of any VTA award a student may have received. However, payments received under the Montgomery GI bill do not duplicate the VTA award.
Combined tuition benefits available to a student cannot exceed the actual tuition. Students attending high tuition schools may be eligible to receive the federal and state benefits. Additionally, students whose “Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable” under the Chapter 33 Program is less than 100% of tuition may also receive both federal and State benefits.
NOTE: Students previously approved for this award must apply for payment each year.
MERIT provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of members of the United States Armed Forces or state organized militia who provided eligible military service on or after Aug. 2, 1990, while New York State residents and who:
MERIT is also available to members of the United States Armed Forces or state organized militia who provided eligible military service at any time on or after Aug. 2, 1990, while New York State residents, and who became severely and permanently disabled as a result of injury or illness suffered or incurred while performing their military duties, whether in combat or not.
After enrollment at UB, students may be awarded credit toward their university degree through methods other than completing UB course work. Examples are proficiency examinations and military training. For more information regarding alternative credit, refer to the Undergraduate Catalog. Credit awarded for transfer coursework earned before or after matriculation at UB is evaluated according to UB’s transfer credit policy.
Students may use the Alternative Exam Credit Declination Recovery Form (PDF) at any time to decline exam or military credit that has been awarded by UB, or may recover previously declined alternative exam credit if that credit can be utilized to fulfill a degree requirement. Only military credit earned through the submission of your Joint Services Transcript may be declined. Credit derived from regionally accredited two or four year degree granting institutions cannot be declined. Students receiving financial aid should see a financial aid advisor prior to submitting this form.
There are many reasons why you may be advised to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well. You may wish to hold on to your GI Bill benefits for the future, or you may not have 100% eligibility. Speak to a financial aid advisor to discuss your personal circumstances. You may be eligible for a Pell Grant or for a subsidized student loan to help finance your education.
Yes, UB offers the following scholarships for Veterans:
Established in 1950 by the Jewish War Veterans of America Buffalo Post 25. Must be a junior or senior, preferably a Jewish war veteran, son or daughter of a Jewish war veteran or a Jewish student. Up to $2,000 available. Qualifying students should complete the general application process on UB’s centralized scholarship portal. This scholarship is generally awarded in the fall.
Established anonymously in 2008, in honor of General Myer and Private Baird’s values and public service. Supports veterans enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must complete the FAFSA and have financial need. Renewable.
UB has established a new scholarship portal to assist you.
Yes, many offices on campus hire student assistants to help with various duties in their units. These opportunities can be found using the Bullseye application found on the Career Services website. In addition, you may be eligible for work-study positions.
The university should be notified if anything changes to your schedule, status or personal information, including:
Changes should be reported as soon as possible; in many cases, they must legally be reported within 30 days. You can report changes by completing and submitting the appropriate form. If you need assistance, please contact Veteran Services.
Some of these changes may affect the amount of benefits you receive. Please note that the law prohibits payment of VA benefits for a course if you withdraw or resign from it, or for a course you completed if you received a grade that will not be used in computing requirements for graduation. UB is required to promptly report any change in enrollment, or receipt of a non-punitive grade, that affects the receipt of VA educational benefits.
If you are involuntarily activated, please contact the Veteran Services office for our official policy.
You must notify Veteran Services if you are notified by the VA about a change in your benefits, if you exhaust your benefits, or if you receive a debt letter from the VA.
If you receive notice that you are activated, contact your instructors and let them know, and cc Veteran Services on this email as well. In some instances, you may be able to continue some of your work remotely. In other cases, the instructor will work with you to provide you the opportunity to complete the work in a mutually agreeable time frame. You should also contact your academic advisor who can talk with you about impacts for the current and future semesters, and guide you through Academic Withdrawal and Leave of Absence if those avenues are appropriate for your situation.
Each time a student submits a Veterans Education Benefits Enrollment Form there will be four items that go up as “checklists (or to do’s) that will appear in their HUB. (Click on the word “More” in the bottom right corner of the HUB “To Do List” to check the “Status” column for each to see what stage we’re at in processing/receiving it.)
1. Veterans Benefits Enrollment Form – submit one each semester for which you want to claim VA benefits. If you still see this showing as “initiated” on your to-do after you’ve turned one in, that means it either hasn’t worked its way through our systems quite yet, or you turned in the incorrect version of the form and we’re signaling to you that we still need the right one turned in. Sometimes students will use forms from previous semesters, which we are unable to accept. If you know you turned in the form that specifies the semester at the top of it (i.e. “FALL 2020”, “SUMMER 2020”) then rest assured we have what we need to continue processing things regarding this.
2. Veterans Benefits Rights and Responsibilities Activity Guide – when we receive an enrollment form from a student, that triggers this to get added to your to-do list; you need to complete this each semester when it goes up on your to-do. It will turn to “completed” when our system picks up that it’s been done; which should only take a few days max.
3. Certificate Of Eligibility – this only needs to be submitted by you ONCE at the beginning of your enrollment for VA benefits; however, when we receive an enrollment form from a student, that triggers this to get added to your to-do list which is a reminder to you to make sure you’ve submitted one already and that we check that it’s been submitted on our end. You can ignore this if you know you’ve turned it in before. We will complete it when we review your application.
4. Credit Review – this is another checklist item that automatically gets added to your to-do list when a student turns in an enrollment form. It is PURELY for our processing purposes and is nothing you need to do so you can ignore it.