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Veterans Educational Benefits

SUNY Upstate Medical University proudly supports our men and women in uniform.

Veterans of the Armed Services are generally eligible for educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA pays some benefits directly to the student, and some to the school, depending upon which benefits the student is entitled to. The student must apply for benefits directly with the VA, and SUNY Upstate Medical University will certify the student’s enrollment and academic progress to the VA. The VA will make monthly payments to the student or school accordingly based upon that certification. Additional Veteran Tuition Rewards can be applied for through the New York State HESC website.

Veterans with a service-related disability, as well as children or dependents of veterans who were disabled or killed in the line of duty, may be eligible for additional benefits.

The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 requires educational institutions to make certain disclosures to students using federal military and/or VA educational benefits. To view and print a copy of an estimated personalized cost of attendance you can visit the SUNY Net Price Cost Calculator and select SUNY Upstate Medical University from the dropdown. Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator site.

The SUNY Financial Aid Plan (FAP) will provide a more in-depth analysis and accurate picture of student cost once the student has filed their FAFSA, completed a SUNY application, and has been accepted by a campus.

For more information about VA educational benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at: