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 an easy one.
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.
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.
After you are accepted, we must certify your enrollment in order for you to receive your benefits.
You must be certified by the certifying official at UB in order to receive your benefits.
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.)
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.
You will continue to receive your benefits through fall break and spring break as long as you are enrolled full-time during that semester.
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.
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.
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.
Changes to your schedule, status or personal information include:
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, please contact Veteran Services.
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.
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.
Complete this form each semester in order to receive VA educational benefits. This form 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.
During COVID-19, the Office of Financial Aid has added a feature to their website to allow for the uploading of documents for their review.
For the best experience use a non-mobile device.
Complete this form if you are active duty military or a veteran (or dependent) who is eligible for in-state tuition rates.
For the best experience in completing this form use a non-mobile device.
114 Diefendorf Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
Form Type: Downloadable, PDF document
Requirements: Adobe Reader
Owner: Veteran Services
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.
UB student veterans can enjoy the newly dedicated Efner “Lucky” Davis Veterans Lounge, located in the Student Union, Room 321. The lounge includes one group study room, an informal lounge with comfortable seating and game tables. To gain access to the lounge, which is available during Student Union hours, contact Veteran Services and provide your UB person number, as well as the last 8 digits of the number on your UB card.
About Efner “Lucky” Davis: A World War II veteran from Arcade, N.Y. Lucky joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served in the 37th Infantry Division. Lucky has always put veterans first in every aspect of his life. The newly renovated veterans lounge is just another example of his generosity and support to our students. By way of this lounge, Lucky seeks to ensure student veterans have a safe place to relax, build a strong campus community and excel academically.
UB has been named a Military Friendly School 2020-2021, 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 48th in the country for veterans by U.S. News and World Report.
UB offers an Army ROTC program in conjunction with nearby Canisius College. This program allows all qualified individuals to achieve an officer’s commission into the US Army, Army Reserves or National Guard.