Veteran Resources

Military members carrying a flag

For those men and women who have served our country, we are eager to serve you in obtaining a degree. Thanks to the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, higher education has become more accessible for service members. We also understant the balance required to transition from the military life to an academic one. The University at Buffalo and the Graduate School of Education are dedicated to providing the services required to make this transition and easy one.

Here For You

Get the support you need and the benefits you deserve. We’re here to help student veterans (and their dependents) make the transition to college and be successful at UB. Whether you need help with your benefits paperwork, a connection to local and national groups that support veterans, or just someone to talk to, we’re here for you.

Becoming a Student

Applying as a Veteran

Step 1. Apply to the University at Buffalo

Step 2. Apply for GI Bill Benefits


Use the GI Bill comparison tool to assist you in determining your eligibility. You can apply for GI Bill benefits by completing the veterans on line application and submitting it to the Veterans Administration.

Please note that the VA does not cover your tuition deposit. However, you will get your deposit refunded at a later date. This process usually takes place during the refund period, and will handled on a case-by-case basis with coordination between UB’s financial aid and student accounts offices.

Step 3. Get Your Enrollment Certified

After you are accepted, we must certify your enrollment in order for you to receive your benefits.

Benefits

You must be certified by the certifying official at UB in order to receive your benefits.

> Learn about certification

Benefit Rates

The VA provides information about benefit rates.

(Your BAH rates change based on what benefit you use. For BAH rates, insert rank as E-5 and zip code as 14214. Your current BAH rate will be the dependent rate.)

When to Expect Your Benefits

For new applicants, it can take up to 12 weeks before the first payment is made. However, once approved for benefits, you will receive retroactive pay.

Benefits During Breaks and Summer School

Fall (Thanksgiving) Break and Spring Break

You will continue to receive your benefits through fall break and spring break as long as you are enrolled full-time during that semester.

Winter Break, Winter Intersession and Summer

You will only receive benefits for winter session and/or summer session if you are enrolled full-time during these sessions. If you are only enrolled for fall and/or spring semester, you will not receive benefits during the winter and summer sessions. Please contact the Veteran Services office for details.

Enroll in Direct Deposit

If you are collecting VA benefits, you can have your monthly check sent directly to your checking account by enrolling in direct deposit. You can also enroll in direct deposit by calling 1-877-838-2778 or TDD 1-800-829-4833.

Need Help?

Veteran Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5586; Fax: (716) 829-2290

Changes to Your Schedule, Enrollment Status or Personal Information

If you change your academic schedule, enrollment status or personal information, it is your responsibility to submit the required forms and inform the Veteran Services office.

When to Notify Veteran Services

Changes to your schedule, status or personal information include:

  • Changing your name, address or phone number
  • Adding a class
  • Dropping a class
  • Any changes that result in less than full-time enrollment
  • Changing your major
  • Changing from on-campus to online classes
  • Repeating a course
  • Withdrawing from classes or taking a leave of absence, even after the semester is completed

Report Changes ASAP

Changes should be reported as soon as possible; in many cases, they must legally be reported within 30 days. You can report changes by completing and submitting the appropriate form. If you need assistance with any of these forms, please contact Veteran Services. 

Need Help?

Veteran Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5586; Fax: (716) 829-2290

Changes in your VA Benefits

You must notify Veteran Services if you are notified by the VA about a change in your benefits, if you exhaust your benefits, or if you receive a debt letter from the VA.

How Changes In Your Benefits Can Affect You

Some of these changes may affect the amount of benefits you receive. Please note that the law prohibits payment of VA benefits for a course if you withdraw or resign from it, or for a course you completed if you received a grade that will not be used in computing requirements for graduation. UB is required to promptly report any change in enrollment, or receipt of a non-punitive grade, that affects the receipt of VA educational benefits.

If you are involuntarily activated, please contact the Veteran Services office for our official policy.

Forms

GI Bill Enrollment Form

Complete this card each semester in order to receive VA educational benefits. This card certifies your enrollment, and lets the VA know that you are attending UB.

If you did not yet read the informational Benefits for Veterans pages in the Student Services Gateway, please do that before completing and submitting this form.

If you are receiving benefits for the first time at UB, you must complete this form in person at the Veteran Services office.

Download the Form

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Need Help Completing the Form?

Veteran Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5586; Fax: (716) 829-2290

In-State Residency Form

Complete this form if you are active duty military or a veteran (or dependent) who is eligible for in-state tuition rates.

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Completing the PDF Form

  1. Read through all pages of the document to find specific instructions if any
  2. Enter requested information into the form
  3. Print the form
  4. Get required signatures
  5. Scan a copy of the signed form for your records
  6. Send the original, completed, signed form to:         

Veteran Services
114 Diefendorf Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Need Help Completing the Form?

Veteran Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5586; Fax: (716) 829-2290

Form Facts

Form Type: Downloadable, PDF document

Requirements: Adobe Reader

Updated: 1/6/2017

Owner: Veteran Services

Change in Credit Hour Form

Complete this form whenever you change the number of credit hours for which you are registered, in order to continue to receive VA educational benefits.

If you did not yet read the informational Benefits for Veterans pages in the Student Services Gateway, please do that before completing and submitting this form.

Need Help Completing the Form?

Veteran Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5586; Fax: (716) 829-2290

Resources

UB Student Veteran Association

UB Student Veterans Association

Are you interested in serving others, going to events and hanging out with other student veterans? Then join the UB Student Veterans Association (SVA), where you’ll find students who share your common experience — and a desire to get the most out of their time at UB. The SVA is a student-run organization that is committed to scholarship, service and camaraderie, and is open to student veterans, dependents of active duty military, and those who are currently serving in the Reserves, Guard or ROTC. Information about SVA events, meetings and news for veterans will be posted on the group’s Facebook page. You can also visit the Veteran Services office to learn more.

Recognition

UB has been named a Military Friendly School 2018-2019, a Yellow Ribbon School, an institutional member of the Service Opportunity Colleges (SOC), and a participating institution in Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP). In addition, UB was named a “Best for Vets” school by Military Times, and ranked 64th in the country for veterans by U.S. News and World Report.