• Financial Aid
  • Veterans  Affair (VA) Certifying Officer:

    Student veterans certifications are completed by session as per the VA.
    The VA certifying Officer performs the following functions:

    - Collect and review applicable VA documents (DD214, Certification of Eligibility)

    - Determine amount of educational benefits 

    - Verify enrollment each session 

    - Submit tuition costs to VA 

    - Review Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) 

    - Certify student’s enrollment to the VA 

    - Notify students electronically of their certification status 

    - Review students enrollment after college census day 

    - Adjust student veterans enrollment based on census data  

    - Submit enrollment changes to the VA 

    - Notify students of applicable changes in certification status 

    - Notify Bursar of students VA payments  

    - Comply with audit requirements as specified by the State Accrediting Agency, VA and CUNY 

     

    Student Veterans:

    Due to the length of time required by the VA to process veteran benefits, all VA students must notify the VA certifying officer with any change to their schedule each session.  You can e-mail all your updates to StudentFinancialServicesVeterans@lagcc.cuny.edu.

    It is very important that the following conventions be followed when sending us this information. It will help insure accuracy and minimize errors in the processing of your VA benefits. 
     

    1. List your Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial (If you have one)
    2. List your course names and their corresponding course number/section. Course names and Course section numbers can be found here.
    3. List the GI chapter

     
    If you are unclear about what VA chapter you belong to, refer to the following list:

     

  •  Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill

    The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education payable for 10 years following release from active duty.  This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-job-training and correspondence courses.  Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses may be approved.  To apply, use VA Form 22-1990 or online at www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp

     Registration requirements for monthly award:
    Student’s monthly award is prorated based on registered credits and eligibility requirements.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress:
    Students are required to meet Satisfactory Progress to be eligible for VA benefits (http://laguardia.edu/Academics/Grad-Requirements/)

     Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill

    The Post 9/11 GI Bill took effect on August 1, 2009.  The new chapter provides up to 36 months of educational benefits for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.  Eligibility for benefits is extended to 15 years from the last period of active duty.  Benefit entitlement is determined by length of active duty service after September 10, 2001. In addition to tuition and fees (not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution), there are provisions for a monthly housing allowance equal to E-5 basic allowance for housing with dependents (based on college zip code) and a yearly stipend of $1000 for books and equipment.

    Registration requirements for Basic Housing Allowance (BAH):
    To be eligible for BAH, students must be registered for a minimum of 7 credits in the 12 weeks session and a minimum of 4 credits in the 6 weeks session.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress: 

    Students are required to meet Satisfactory Progress to be eligible for VA benefits (http://laguardia.edu/Academics/Grad-Requirements/)

     Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill- Select Reserves

    The MGIB-SR program provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marin Corps and Coast Guard Reserves, and the Army National Guard and Air National Guard.  This program does not require a person to serve on active duty to qualify.  To apply, obtain a Notice of Basic Eligibility (DD form 2384 or 2384-I) from your unit and complete VA form 22-1990.  To apply online, visit: www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp

    Registration requirements for monthly award:
    Student’s monthly award is prorated based on registered credits and eligibility requirements.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress:
    Students are required to meet Satisfactory Progress to be eligible for VA benefits (http://laguardia.edu/Academics/Grad-Requirements/)


     Chapter 35 - DEAP (Dependents Educational Assistance Program)

    Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents for certain veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability.  The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.  Spouses have 10 years from the date the VA establishes eligibility to use the benefit.  Surviving spouses of veterans who died while on Active Duty have 20 years from the date of the veteran’s death to use the benefit.  Children may use the benefit while they are between the ages of 18 and 26.  Time limits can be extended under certain circumstances.  To apply, complete VA From 22-5490 or apply online at:  www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp

    Registration requirements for monthly award:
    Student’s monthly award is prorated based on registered credits and eligibility requirements.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress:
    Students are required to meet Satisfactory Progress to be eligible for VA benefits (http://laguardia.edu/Academics/Grad-Requirements/)

     Chapter 32 - Veterans Educational Assistance (VEAP) - for Veterans who served on active duty from 1/1/77 to 6/30/85

    VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program.  To apply, complete VA Form 22-1990 or apply online at:  www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp

    Registration requirements for monthly award:
    Student’s monthly award is prorated based on registered credits and eligibility requirements.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress:
    Students are required to meet Satisfactory Progress to be eligible for VA benefits (http://laguardia.edu/Academics/Grad-Requirements/)

     Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation for disabled Veterans

    The VR & E Program aids veteran with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs.  If any training is needed, the VA will pay your training costs, such as tuition and fees, books, supplies, equipment and, if needed, special services.  While in training, the VA will also pay a monthly benefit called a Subsistence Allowance to help with living expense. To receive an evaluation for VR &E services, a veteran must have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable and have a services-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent.  To apply, complete VA Form 28-1900 or apply online at www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp

    Registration requirements for monthly award:
    Student’s monthly award is prorated based on registered credits and eligibility requirements.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress: 

    Students are required to meet Satisfactory Progress to be eligible for VA benefits (http://laguardia.edu/Academics/Grad-Requirements/)
     


  • Programs Available to Veterans Are:

    • Veterans Tutorial Benefits: To be eligible for tutorial benefits, veterans must be receiving monthly benefits on at least a half-time basis. A veteran is entitled to 12 months of tutorial benefits for a maximum of $ 100.00 per month.

    • Veterans Work-Study: Veterans must be receiving full-time benefits to be eligible for up to 750 hours of work per year. The hourly rate is $8.00, and placements are in areas that directly affect the student population.

    • Vocational Rehabilitation: This is available to veterans who have at least a 20% disability rating from the Veterans Administration and includes payment for tuition, fees and a monthly stipend. Full-time and part-time veteran students are eligible.

    • Benefits for Dependents of Veterans: There are numerous programs available to dependents of disabled veterans. For more information about these programs, please visit the Office of Veterans Affairs in C-107.

    • Veterans Administration Educational Benefits: Montgomery G.I. Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30).

    • Eligibility Requirements: Individuals entering military service on or after July 1, 1985 have their basic military pay reduced by $ 100.00 a month for the first 12 months of their service, in order to be eligible for this educational assistance program. Individuals eligible for the Old G.I. Bill (Chapter 34) as of December 31, 1989, who meet certain eligibility criteria may also be eligible but do not have their basic pay reduced. Persons who, after December 31, 1976, received commissions as officers from service academies (e.g., West Point, the Naval Academy, etc.) or ROTC scholarship programs are not eligible for this program: Montgomery G.I. Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606, Title 10, U.S. Code).  

    For more information go to: www.gibill.va.gov 


    Entitlement/Monthly Rates: Active duty for 3 years, or 2 years active duty plus 4 years in the Selected Reserved or National Guard, entitles an individual to $1101.00 a month basic benefits for 36 months or the equivalent in part-time training. If an individual's initial obligated period of active duty is less than 3 years, which is not followed by service in the Selected Reserve, the basic educational assistance benefit is $753.00 monthly for 36 months (or the equivalent in part-time training). There is also a targeted, discretionary kicker of up to an additional $600.00 available to persons whose skills are critical to the military (e.g. Army College Fund, Navy Sea College Fund programs).


    Important Notice Regarding Monthly Verifications: You can now submit your monthly verification forms by touch-tone telephone at (877) 823-2378 or at www.va.gov. Simply follow the link to the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) program. If your enrollment has changed during the month, you must verify your enrollment through the WAVE program. If you want to use one of these methods and do not want to receive verifications in the mail each month, call (888) GI-BILL1. You do, however, have to verify your enrollment each month in order to receive payment.

     

    • The Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607 provides education assistance to Guard and Reservists who have served 90 days or more in a contingency operation after September 11, 2001. Applications are available on-line through the VA website at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp 

     
    Eligibility Requirements: Must have been called to active duty under the federal authority for a contingency operation as determined by Congress or the President; must have served on active duty in a contingency operation for at least 90 continuous days after September 11, 2001; and must remain within your component to use benefits. The 35 months of full-time entitlement begin after the 90-day minimum service is completed. There is no time limit for using benefits provided the individual remains within his or her component. Once the individual leaves his or her component, or is discharged (except for disability), eligibility for REAP benefits ends.


    • Montgomery G.l. Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606, Title 10, U.S. Code)  

    Chapter 1606 of title 10, U.S.C., Educational Assistance for Members of the Selected Reserve, is also referred to as the Montgomery G.I. Bill-Selected Reserve. Since July 1, 1985, DVA has held benefit payment responsibility, although the funding of educational assistance payments under this program is provided by the Department of Defense.


    The monthly rates of educational assistance allowance payable under Chapter 1606 for pursuit of a program of education are:


    $329.00 per month for full-time pursuit

    $246.00 per month for three-quarter-time pursuit

    $163.00 per month for half-time pursuit

    $82.25 per month for less than half-time pursuit


    For additional information about Veterans Services at the College, visit the Veterans Services Office website at:  http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/veterans/  

  • Financial Aid Video
    Financial Aid Video
  • Financial Aid FAQs Thumbnail
    Financial Aid FAQs
  • Download Forms Thumbnail
    Download Forms
  • Contact Financial Aid
    Contact Financial Aid 
     

  • FAFSA Code:
    010051

    TAP Code:
    1403

LaGuardia Community College LaGuardia Community College 31-10 Thomson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101 LaGuardia Community College 1-718-482-7200 LaGuardia Community College Map & Directions
Copyright © All Rights Reserved