Veterans

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.

The information below will guide you through the benefit application process at RIT and provides helpful resources including an overview of Military Chapters, the Yellow Ribbon program, and the process of requesting Military Transcripts. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding your benefits and encourage you to contact our office with any questions.

Veterans Benefit Educational Programs and Yellow Ribbon

Qualified Veterans and dependents generally receive military benefits from within the following Chapters: 30, 31, 33 (Post 9/11), 35, or 1606. In addition, RIT offers Yellow Ribbon funding to qualified individuals. A brief overview of each Chapter is provided below. You may also click on each link to be directed to the Veterans Affairs website for more in depth information.

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI BIll®

Benefit provides a monthly educational assistance allowance for up to 36 months. Additional information and payment rates can be found on above link.

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation

Benefit provides 100% of tuition, fees & books to qualified veterans with an established service-connected disability. Benefit includes a monthly allowance for living expenses. Additional information and payment rates can be found on above link.

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11®

Benefit provides qualified veterans and dependents (with transferred entitlement) up to 36 months of educational assistance. Beginning fall 2019, students at the 100% benefit level will receive up to $24,476.79 per academic year toward tuition/fees and may qualify for Yellow Ribbon benefits; students with less than 100% benefit will receive their prorated benefit level of the $24,476.79. In addition, students are eligible for a book stipend up to $1000 and a monthly housing allowance. Additional information and housing allowance rates can be found on above link.

Yellow Ribbon Program

RIT is proud to be a partner with the US Department of Veteran Affairs in administering the Yellow Ribbon program, providing qualified veterans and dependents 100% tuition coverage per standard academic year for Undergraduate and Graduate degree programs.*  Eligible students must be approved for Post 9/11 benefits at the 100% tier (active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible).

Yellow Ribbon Contribution: RIT will contribute up to an additional $13,184 per academic year and the VA will match dollar for dollar. These combined contributions, in addition to the $24,476.79 Post 9/11 benefit, provides students with up to $50,844.79 in funding towards RIT tuition, per academic year. Total Contributions cannot exceed cost of tuition.

*Exception applies to students within RIT’s EMBA programs. Yellow Ribbon funding can be utilized but tuition coverage will vary. Contact Veteran Services Office for details.

Chapter 35 – Dependents’ Education Assistance (DEA)

Benefit provides monthly educational assistance to eligible dependents of certain veterans for up to 45 months. Additional information and payment rates can be found on above link.

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill®: Selected Reserve

Benefit provides a monthly educational assistance allowance for up to 36 months. Additional information and payment rates can be found on above link.

Using Benefits at RIT

Whether you are a new student to RIT or a returning student, we are here to answer your questions regarding VA benefits. The following information outlines the documents required in order to process VA Educational Benefits at RIT. Students must submit the appropriate paperwork to initiate, or continue, VA funding. Documents may be faxed (585-475-7164), scanned (vets@rit.edu) or dropped-off to the Veterans Services Office. We encourage you to contact our office should you have any questions.

All students applying to use military funding at RIT should already possess the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) confirming benefits. If you do not have this form, you will need to complete the VON APP (VA application for benefits) found on the VA website.  Once you have the Certificate of Eligibility and have been admitted to RIT, please fax/scan/drop-off the required documents to the Veterans Services Office at RIT.

If you are a Veteran, Servicemember, Active Duty Soldier, Dependent or Spouse using Chapters 30, 31, 35, 1606 or Post 9/11® AND are a new student at RIT the following documents must be submitted before benefits can be administered:

If you received military benefits at RIT during the 2018-2019 academic year, the following documents must be submitted to the Veterans Services Office at RIT to ensure continuation of benefits in the 2019-2020 academic year:

Costs and Financial Aid

While the Veterans Services Office can assist with your VA benefits, 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 Financial Aid Resources, please visit: https://www.rit.edu/emcs/financialaid/resources.html. Or, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at:

 585-475-2186

ritaid@rit.edu

E-mail for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: ntidaid@rit.edu
Website: http://www.rit.edu/emcs/financialaid/

Student Financial Services Payment Plan

The Office of Student Financial Services is the central billing service center at RIT. Veterans/dependents are encouraged to contact Student Financial Services for information regarding billing, due dates and payment plans.

Payment plan information can be found at Student Financial Services - Veteran Information.

For additional information, contact:

Student Financial Services
Rochester Institute of Technology
25 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Phone: 585-475-6186
Website: http://www.rit.edu/fa/sfs/

Scholarships and Application Fee Waiver

The RIT Helen and Frederick Blaessig Annual Memorial Scholarship Award was established by Monroe County Powers Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 15 in honor of Frederick Blaessig, a 1941 RIT graduate.

A deserving disabled American veteran, or the spouse, child, or grandchild of a disabled American veteran will be selected annually in May for payment in the following year. The Award recipient will be selected based on demonstrated Academic Excellence and Financial need. Candidates for this award must be registered, matriculated students (full-time or part-time) at the Rochester Institute of Technology during the year the award is paid. The application form can be downloaded here.

To be considered for the scholarship, please submit the completed form and supporting documents to the Veterans Services Office.

RIT offers military service scholarships to active-duty military service personnel attending RIT part-time. Scholarship recipients will have 15 percent of their tuition covered by the award.

“RIT values service to our country,” says Mandie Klingelhoffer, Veterans and Military Services Office. “This scholarship and the special services and support we provide members of the military are our way of showing our appreciation for those that serve. We see this as a way to fill the gap between the education benefits that the military receives, and our tuition costs.”

This scholarship is only available to active duty members of the US Armed Services attending undergraduate degree programs at RIT, Part-time, Online. Requests for this scholarship must be made each Financial Aid year by completing this form (PDF form) and returning it to RIT’s Veterans and Military Services Office. The Financial Aid year runs June 1st to May 31st.

Any veteran or active duty service member can request an application fee waiver by e-mailing our office AFTER you have submitted your application to RIT. Once your RIT application is complete, please send an email including your full name, date of birth, military affiliation, and the purpose of your e-mail (request for application fee waiver) to vets@rit.edu.

Additional Information and Services

We recognize that transitioning from the military life to the life of a college student can present new challenges. We are committed to helping you meet these challenges and to succeed at RIT. RIT offers a wide array of excellent academic and personal support services that can be accessed directly. Students looking to use VA benefits for tutorial services or VA work study will be well advised to check with our office first.

Academic Support Services:

Whether you need help with the content of a class, or you need help figuring out the best ways to take notes, study, or manage your time to get all your work well done, RIT has people dedicated to helping you. You can receive help individually, in groups, one time only, or all semester long. There are multiple options! Here are some of the places where you may find the help you need:

Personal Counseling and Support Services:

RIT’s Counseling Center provides personal counseling, career counseling, group counseling, and psychological and vocational assessments. Although there is no limit on the number of sessions a student may have through the Center, it recognizes that student veterans can experience difficulties resulting from their military life, which can fall outside its expertise. RIT’s Counseling Center is able to refer student veterans to local agencies specializing in veterans’ issues:

Because women’s needs can be different than men’s needs, The Women’s Center at RIT strives to foster an educational environment in which women can be personally, academically and professionally successful. For more information, please visit: http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/womenscenter/.

Tutorial assistance helps the student pay for necessary tutoring and is a supplement to the student’s regular education benefit. Tutorial assistance is available if you are receiving VA educational assistance at the half-time or greater rate and have a deficiency in a subject making tutoring necessary. For additional information, including an overview and application form, please review VA - Tutorial Assistance.

Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each Service has its own criteria for eligibility, application process, and restrictions. For more information on Military Tuition Assistance specific to your situation, please speak with your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your Military Service.

Note: RIT administers Military Tuition Assistance in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the DoD TA Program MOU. Unearned tuition assistance (TA) funds are returned on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided. When a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, RIT will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion.

To learn more about using your GI Bill benefits to cover the cost of exams, approved exams, and the process to submit a reimbursement request review VA – Licensing & Certification .

The following link can be utilized to request military transcripts be sent to RIT.

https://jst.doded.mil/official.html

All veterans using chapters 30, 1606, or 1607 must verify their enrollment each month to the VA in order to receive payment for that month. This monthly verification can be done by one of the two following ways:

  1. Phone: 1-877-823-2378
  2. Internet: Log into the program called WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment): https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do

RIT offers many different housing options to student veterans both on and off campus. In addition, Margaret’s House, a Child Care Center, is located right on the RIT campus.

On campus housing: For information on housing on RIT’s campus, please go to our Center for Residential Life’s website, at: http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/reslife/

Off campus housing: There are a lot of options near RIT. For help regarding off-campus housing, visit: http://finweb.rit.edu/housing/offcampushousing.html.

Daycare:  Children between the ages of 8 weeks and kindergarten can attend Margaret’s House Child Care Center on campus ( http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/margaretshouse/). Financial aid is available. Children in kindergarten through grade three can also attend Margaret’s House after school hours, on their days off, and in the summer.

School District: RIT is located in the Rush-Henrietta School District, which provides bus transportation. Its excellent high school is rated in the top 1,000 high schools in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine (2008).

If you are a parent or spouse wanting to transfer your military benefits, utilize the following VA and DoD links to learn more about the process.

VA - Transfer of Post-9/11 GI-Bill® Benefits to Dependents (TEB)

DoD - GI Bill® Transferability

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program provides opportunity for veterans of all ages to gain access to information about college and career exploration and acquire academic skills required for entry into post-secondary training. Services are offered continuously throughout the year and include short-term remedial coursework in math and English, workshops, self-paced computer tutorials, individualized tutoring and classroom-based instruction. We also offer one-on-one support to help participants transition and succeed at the institution of their choice, which may be a skills center, vocational/trade school, community college and/or university. We understand that not all people have the same needs and the RIT VUB program is designed to meet the unique needs and interests of each veteran admitted to the program.

All VUB classes and supplies are FREE to qualified veterans. This is a TRiO Program, federally funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

This program is funded to serve 125 participants each year from 9 counties within a 90 mile radius of Rochester, NY which include: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

For questions, eligibility requirements and to apply, contact the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, https://www.rit.edu/diversity/veterans-upward-bound.

ROTC Programs

If you are interested in learning more about ROTC programs, please review the below links for general information and contact information.

US Air Force ROTC Detachment 538

US Army ROTC Tiger Battalion

US Navy ROTC – affiliated with the University of Rochester

Contact Us

We are located on the ground level of the Bausch & Lomb Center (Bldg. #77) on the RIT campus Visit our Campus Maps page for directions and maps.

Our office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.   

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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.