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Veteran Benefits

Finger Lakes Community College recognizes the unique experience that military service can give to our students. There are many programs and resources specifically designed to help Veterans achieve success in education—and in life.

Educational Benefits

Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for 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.   Additionally, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children starting August 1, 2009.  The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.  For more information, visit the GI Bill Web site.

The Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

For more information about applying for Education Benefits, visit

Education Benefits Calculator for New York State Veterans

The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs provides an education benefits calculator designed to help you decide where you can afford to go to school. It includes The Post 9/11 GI Bill, The Montgomery GI Bill, and the New York State Veterans Tuition Award.

Other Benefits

How to Get Started with the VA

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide range of benefits for our country’s veterans, service members, and their families. Benefits administered by the VA include:

  • Compensation and Pension
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  • Home Loans
  • Survivors Benefits
  • Life Insurance

For more information about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the services they offer, visit

Application for Benefits

Forms for a variety of benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be found at