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""Military and Veteran Student Educational Benefits

The Fashion Institute of Technology is dedicated to serving the needs of prospective and enrolled service persons and veterans in pursuing their educational goals. If you are planning on enrolling for military or veteran student educational benefits, this site can help facilitate your transition by providing you with the proper resources. All students eligible to receive veterans’ benefits while attending FIT are urged to complete arrangements with the appropriate agency in advance of enrollment.

Eligibility

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determines the eligibility for educational benefits. If you or your family members are eligible for veterans’ benefits, FIT will certify your enrollment so that you or your family members can receive these benefits. To find out which benefits you qualify for and for an application, please visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/.

VA Certifying Official David Lawton serves as the liaison between FIT, its students, and the various federal, state, and local agencies concerned with veterans’ benefits. Any questions regarding these benefits should be directed to David Lawton at david_lawton@fitnyc.edu.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: GI Bill
The State University of New York: Military and Veterans


In order to activate your veteran student educational benefits, you are required to submit an application in accordance with your specific circumstance:

1 - New Students
2 - Transfer Students
3 - Continuing Students
4 - Types of Veteran Affairs Educational Benefits
5 - Scholarships and Awards for Veterans
6 - Certification of Enrollment

1 - New Students

What to send to your Fashion Institute of Technology VA Certifying Official:

  1. Copy of completed application for veteran student educational benefits
  2. Copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty – DD Form 214 (if you are a Veteran)
  3. Copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) – DD Form 2384-1 (if you are a member of the Select Reserve)
  4. Copy of Buy-up Program documentation (if applicable)
  5. Copy of Certificate of Eligibility (you will receive this from the Buffalo Regional VA office once a determination on your eligibility is made)

2 - Transfer Students

Students who had been receiving veteran benefits at another college must complete a Change Program/Place of Training form to receive benefits at the Fashion Institute of Technology:

  • VA Form 22-1995 for Veterans, Service persons, and Members of the Selected Reserve –or
  • VA Form 22-5495 for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance

What to send your Fashion Institute of Technology VA Certifying Official:

  1. Copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty – DD Form 214 (if you are a Veteran)
  2. Copy of Change of Program or Place of Training documentation – VA Form 22-1995 or VA Form 22-5495
  3. Copy of Certificate of Eligibility (you will receive this from the Buffalo Regional VA office once a determination on your eligibility is made)

3 - Continuing Students

Continuing students are asked to contact the VA Certifying Official immediately upon registering for classes; this is not limited to fall and spring semester registration, but winter session and summer session I or II classes as well.

4 - Types of Veteran Affairs Educational Benefits

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
The MGIB-AD program provides educational benefits to veterans and service members who have at least two years of active duty; eligibility criteria can be found on the Department of Veteran Affairs website.

Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve. Information regarding eligibility can be found on the Department of Veteran Affairs website.

Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or congress; eligibility criteria can be found on the Department of Veteran Affairs websiteTo apply for Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 benefits, you must complete VA Form 22-1990.

Chapter 35 - Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance program (DEA)
The DEA program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Department of Veteran Affairs website. To apply for Chapter 35 benefits, you must complete VA Form 22-5490.

Chapter 31 - Veterans Opportunity to Work program (VOW)
The VOW program extends vocational rehabilitation benefits for 12 months for veterans who have completed the VA vocational rehabilitation program and have run out of initial unemployment benefits. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Department of Veteran Affairs websiteTo apply for Chapter 31 benefits, you must complete VA Form 22-1900. However, it is advised that you contact a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor beforehand. To learn more or to apply for Chapter 31 benefits in New York State, please call (800) 827-1000.

Chapter 33 - The Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

As of August 1, 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is effective for training. Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by a public educational institution in the state where the school is located. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing.

This Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals:

  • Tuition and fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning.
  • A monthly housing allowance based on the basic allowance for housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. 
  • An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.

This benefit is payable only for training at an Institution of Higher Learning (IHL). If you are on active duty you will not receive the housing allowance or books and supplies stipend. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill benefits to dependents.

Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)
Visit the GI Bill transferability website to determine if your dependents are eligible to receive transferred educational benefits.

5 - Scholarships and Awards for Veterans

For information on scholarships and awards available to veterans and to apply, please visit Military Corner. You also may call (888) 697-4372 or send an e-mail to militarycorner@hesc.com.

6 - Certification of Enrollment

For all chapter benefits, with the exception of Chapter 31, our certifying official must notify the VA of your enrollment each semester. It is your responsibility to contact the Fashion Institute of Technology VA Certifying Official once you have registered at the beginning of every term. Your enrollment will be certified with the VA shortly thereafter.

If you are chapter 1606 or 1607, you must contact the VA for enrollment certification each month that you qualify for benefits. This should be done online on the last day of each month at Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.). Follow the W.A.V.E. link to complete electronic certification or call (877) 823-2378. If your enrollment certification has been submitted and you would like to check on the status of your payment, you can call the New York state regional office at (888) 442-4551.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to notify the VA Certifying Official when withdrawing from or adding a course. Withdrawing from a course may impact your VA educational benefits. When you withdraw from a course, you become financially liable to the Department of Veteran Affairs for that course if you are withdrawing after the allowable add/drop period. Please bring a copy of your official withdrawal documentation (showing the date(s) of withdraw) to the VA Certifying Official. If you plan on attending winter session or summer sessions I or II, please contact the VA Certifying Official as well.

 

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