Can’t I just go to college online? Why go to Saint Rose?
Because your online classes aren’t going to recognize when you’re having bad day and be a shoulder to lean on who understands your experiences. They aren’t going to help you navigate the VA. They aren’t going to be invested in your success and providing the camaraderie you were used to in the military. They aren’t going to help you with your transition.
And when something goes wrong, those online classes aren’t going to be your personal advocate.
When veterans transition from the military to civilian life, college can be a helpful way to make that jump.
Saint Rose has considered everything veterans need to be successful, from academic support to on-campus visits from the staff at the nearby VA for counseling.
Veteran dependents and military family members find a culture that’s familiar to them and receive a lot of the same supports.
I don’t know where to start. How do I use my veteran benefits to go to college or send my dependent to college?
Download our Battle Plan for an easy checklist that will help you wrap your mind around the process of using military benefits to attend college.
Or, contact our knowledgeable veteran enrollment staff. Martin Dinan and Nick Lanier are both veterans. They can help you navigate the process.
What does the GI Bill cover?
The Post 9/11 GI Bill offers many benefits to those who are eligible. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) provides the following information:
- Payments are based on length of service
- A tuition and fee payment that is paid to your school on your behalf
- A Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) that is equal to:
- The basic allowance for housing (BAH) payable for the zip code of your school to a military E-5 with dependents for students pursuing resident training
- One-half the BAH national average for students training solely by distance learning
- The national average BAH for students pursuing training at foreign schools
- Note: The MHA benefit is not payable to individuals on active duty or those enrolled at half time or less.
- A Books and Supplies Stipend of up to $1,000 per year
What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill can cover all in-state tuition and fees at public degree granting schools, but may not cover all private degree granting schools and out-of-state tuition.
The Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional support in those situations and is available to all recipients that are receiving 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
How can I apply for my Post 9/11 GI Bill VA education benefits?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs suggests the following:
- Go to https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ and apply today.
- Visit your nearest VA regional office to apply in person.
- Call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (888-442-4551) to have the application mailed to you.
If you have any questions about the application process, please reach out to our Director of Veteran Enrollment Marty Dinan for guidance/help with the application. You can reach Marty at 518-458-5364.
What does it mean to be a Military Friendly School and to be listed among the best for vets colleges?
What Military Friendly means to Victory Media, publishers of the G.I. Jobs magazine and website and a go-to resource for service members, veterans, and transition managers, which oversees the Military Friendly rating:
- Engages the prospective military student or employee in a recruiting environment.
- Educates the military student or employee once he or she is part of the company or school.
- Employs the military student or employee in meaningful employment.
At Saint Rose, we believe in serving people who have served. And we believe that veterans and veteran dependents add to the diversity of our community, bringing a perspective that is mature, team-oriented, and giving.
Because veterans (and their families) have sacrificed so much for us, we also believe in making them feel at home on our campus. That’s why veterans have a dedicated space where they can relax between classes, do homework, or connect with each other. It’s why our Veteran Center is staffed by two combat veterans. And it is why we have no cap on our Yellow Ribbon Program, making up for any costs not covered by the GI Bill®.
Because we focus on the needs of our student veterans, Military Times ranked Saint Rose No. 20 on the 2018 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, rising 10 spots over the previous year. Saint Rose was the only Capital Region institution to be named to the listing of 140 four-year U.S. colleges and universities and one of only three schools in New York to make the top 50.
Where can I stay?
We have a newly renovated Veteran Residence, where you can use your Monthly Housing Allowance, often with money to spare. Live there year-round with other veterans – and only other veterans – and you won’t have to worry about furniture; cable, internet, or heating costs; or change for the washer and dryer (it’s included in the house).
Do you have the right academic program for me?
We recognize veterans are people who have different interests. With more than 100 bachelor’s and master’s degrees or certificate programs, if your interests are in business, technology, human services, the arts and humanities, or math and science, we’ve got your 6.
That said, some of our popular offerings among veterans include: Cybersecurity, business analytics, computer science, information technology, criminal justice, psychology, social work, biology, and business administration.
I wasn’t a great student in high school. Can I even get into college?
At Saint Rose, we look at the whole person, and your military experience counts. We recognize that people who may have struggled to find their way in high school do a lot of growing up in the military, and their high school performance wasn’t always an indicator of their true abilities.
So, each applicant is carefully considered. If extra academic support is required, student veterans have been successful in our Academic Opportunity Experience (AOE) program.
We’re home to student veterans who didn’t excel in high school but went on to make dean’s list at Saint Rose.