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The Attention and Service You Deserve

RIT has a tradition of honoring and supporting active duty military, veterans and their dependents. We understand active duty military and student veterans’ needs and we are committed to helping each one of our students reach their full potential.

RIT is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, the tuition assistance program for active duty military through the Department of Defense (DOD MOU), and abides by the Principles of Excellence guidelines.

Please visit the Office of Veteran Student Success to learn more about helpful resources to support our active duty military students, veterans, and their families. Here you will find explanations and links of various external federal and state military education benefits, how to use them at RIT, general and specific veteran supports at RIT, and more.

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding your benefits and encourage you to contact us with any questions:

Resources and Support

Office of Veteran Student Success

VA Benefits and Funding Inquiries

Chad Van Gorder
Director, Office of Veteran Student Success
Global Village Plaza, Room 2040

Veterans Upward Bound Program

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program is a pre-college program which assists veterans and military service members with enrolling in school, which can be any college or training program, not just RIT. This free program assists in all aspects of the college admissions process, including applying for and understanding financial aid benefits, providing refresher courses, one-on-one tutoring, laptop loans, and connections to local resources.

Learn more about VUB
Apply for VUB services

Costs and Financial Aid

We encourage all students to contact The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for assistance in identifying sources of additional aid beyond VA funding.

Students who qualify for NYS Veteran Tuition Awards (VTA) or Army National Guard, Air National Guard and New York Naval Militia benefits should utilize the below information to initiate funding.

For additional information on Financial Aid Resources and how to apply for Financial Aid, please visit: Financial Aid and Scholarships. Or, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at:


GI Bill® and Post 9/11® are registered trademarks 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.