Veterans Applying to Rensselaer
1. Determine if you should apply as a transfer or first-year student.
We encourage students to apply electronically.
The Institute will waive application fees and expedite the application process for veterans.
The Division of Enrollment will permit unofficial documents to be used to begin the admissions process. These can include transcripts, test scores, and government documentsofficial documents must be sent to Rensselaer prior to a veteran’s enrollment as a student.
All application materials should be sent to:
3. Apply for VA Educational Benefits.
Once you have applied for your benefits, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility which you will need to submit to Casey Redden, the School Certifying Official, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 276-6996.
If you have any questions, please contact Megan Whalen, Veterans’ Admissions Coordinator, at email@example.com or (518) 276-8401.
For more information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon program, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
In addition to participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Rensselaer students have received various VA benefits available to them, including the Montgomery GI Bill, the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program, the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Rensselaer is committed to providing outstanding educational resources and opportunities for U.S. veterans.
Congress passed the Post-9/11 GI Bill to help participants pay for private colleges, public institutions, as well as other educational programs. At Rensselaer, qualified applicants may be able to attend the university at little or no cost.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 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. The level of eligibility (50%-100%) is based on the actual numbers of days on active duty. In addition, under certain circumstances, veterans may transfer some or all of their benefits to eligible dependents. Additional details can be found on the GI Bill Website.
Some of the benefits available to veterans eligible at the 100% level include payments for:
Veterans eligible for benefits at less than the 100% level receive prorated amounts for the above benefits.
Students receiving VA benefits may also qualify for federal grant, loans, and work-study programs. A veteran not qualifying for the Yellow Ribbon program will be considered for all Rensselaer financial aid programs for which the individual meets eligibility requirements.
Yellow Ribbon recipients receive up to $35,000 annually in a grant matched by the VA, but are not eligible to receive other Rensselaer based scholarship or grant aid.
Yellow Ribbon Program
To help cover any remaining tuition or fee charges not covered by the program’s annual maximum, Rensselaer participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program under which qualified applicants can receive an additional designated scholarship that will be matched by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Additional details can be found on the GI Bill® Website.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Other Useful Resources
To assist veterans in understanding higher education costs, financial aid, and other useful information the Department of Education and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has developed the following tools:
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