Veteran Services

Financial Aid for Veterans

At Bramson ORT College, there are many options for financial assistance for veterans. If you seek financial assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You may apply as early as January 1 prior to the academic year you are planning to attend. New York State residents should also complete a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application for NY state aid assistance available at www.hesc.com. Click here for further information on financial aid programs.


FEDERAL AID

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 instate 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 $1,000 for books and equipment.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship amended the Post 9/11 GI Bill to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible children are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level, have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on his or her 18th birthday, and may be married and over 23 and still be eligible.


MONTGOMERY GI BILL ACTIVE DUTY

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits payable for 10 years following release from active duty. 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. To apply, use VA Form 22-1990 or apply online at: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov.


MONTGOMERY GI BILL SELECTED RESERVE

The MGIB-SR program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits to members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserves, and the Army 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 2384-1) from your unit and complete VA Form 22-1990. To apply online, visit: www.ebenefits.va.gov.

For more information, visit: www.gibill.va.gov.


RESERVE EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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. Your contributions are matched on a $2-for-$1 basis by the government. To apply, complete VA Form 22-1990 or apply online at: www.ebenefits.va.gov.


VETERANS EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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. Your contributions are matched on a $2-for-$1 basis by the government. To apply, complete VA Form 22-1990 or apply online at: www.ebenefits.va.gov.


SURVIVORS' AND DEPENDENTS' EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of 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 veterans' 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 Form 22-5490 or apply online at: www.ebenefits.va.gov.


VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT

The VR & E Program aids veterans 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 expenses. Those who are eligible for both VR&E (Ch. 31) and the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) may choose that bill's monthly housing allowance instead of the Subsistence Allowance. 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 service-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.

For more information, visit: www.gibill.va.gov.

Eligible Veterans receive full undergraduate tuition coverage at Bramson ORT College through NY State's Veterans Tuition Award (VTA).

The VTA allows qualifying veterans to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the full-time Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty rate. To qualify veterans must be 35-60 years old; unemployed on the day of application; not dishonorably discharged; not be eligible for another VA education program; and not receive VA compensation at the 100% rate due to unemployability. Participants must be enrolled in a VA-approved program of education offered by Technical School. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certification and train the veteran in a high demand occupation as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).


VETERANS WORK-STUDY PROGRAM

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs work-study program recipients must be receiving full-time G.I. Bill benefits to be eligible. Up to 750 hours per year, starting at the federal minimum hourly wage, are available to eligible veterans.


TUTORIAL ASSISTANCE

The Department of Veterans Affairs will pay up to $100 per month for your tutorial assistance in addition to your regular monthly education benefits. The limit for tutorial assistance is $1,200. If you are training under Chapter 33 or Chapter 35, VA will not charge you any entitlement for tutorial assistance. If you are training under Chapter 30, 32 or 1606, VA will not charge entitlement for your first $600 of tutorial assistance. For tutorial assistance over $600, VA will charge one month of entitlement whenever you receive an amount equal to the full-time monthly rate you get for going to school.


TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA) Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs will pay up to $100 per month for your tutorial assistance in addition to your regular monthly educations benefits. The limit for tutorial assistance is $1,200. If you are training under Chapter 33 or Chapter 25, VA will not charge you any entitlement for tutorial assistance. If you are training under Chapter 30, 32 or 1606, VA will not charge entitlement for your first $600, VA will not be charge one month of the entitlement whenever you receive an amount equal to the full-time monthly rate get going to school.

For more information, visit: www.gibill.va.gov.