Veterans and Service Members at UC
Located in the heart of central New York, Utica College is a comprehensive, independent, private institution founded in 1946 to offer options for college study to veterans returning from the second world war.
More than seventy years since veterans returned from WWII, this tradition of serving veterans is still held in high regard here at UC, and we are proud to welcome veterans as students and as valued members of our faculty and professional staff.
Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, along with excellent online programs, Utica College ensures academic and financial flexibility for veterans, providing a 10% tuition discount for online students and spouses of Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard members. With a full-time veterans support staff, Utica College is a proud Yellow Ribbon participant, making additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs chooses the amount of tuition and fees to be contributed with VA matching that amount and issuing directly to Utica College.
Utica College also encourages veterans to explore the many employment opportunities at UC.
Thank you for visiting Utica College’s Web site for veterans. On behalf of everyone at UC, I welcome you.
There are a great many things I could tell you about UC that might give you a sense of its commitment to servicemen and women, from its beginnings as an institution serving World War II vets and their families, to its remarkable growth as a comprehensive independent college, to its high-quality, flexible academic programs and services.
Utica College is also committed to innovation and leadership, and seeks to instill those values within students as well. UC’s award-winning and pioneering programs, combined with your valuable leadership and in-field experience, will give you the necessary tools to succeed both personally and professionally in an increasingly complex world.
If you are to take away one impression from Utica College, my hope is that you know UC is committed to serve those who have served for us. We are honored to have many veterans attending Utica College. Our friendly campus and dedication to personal attention will help to lay the framework for this next step in your life.
Please take a few moments to explore the UC experience online. Then I hope you will do us the honor of visiting our campus so that you can see first-hand all that we have to offer.
Thank you for your service to our country.
Laura Casamento, Ed.D.
Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps
Officers in the Army possess the skills necessary to lead others through the most challenging of circumstances.
The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) was born when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916. Since its inception, Army ROTC has provided leadership and military training at schools and universities across the country and has commissioned more than a half million Officers. It is the largest commissioning source in the American military.
ROTC produces approximately 60 percent of the Second Lieutenants who join the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. More than 40 percent of current Active Duty Army General Officers were commissioned through ROTC. Army ROTC provides Cadets with the character-building aspects of a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leadership development training.
Utica College's Army ROTC program is a detachment of Syracuse University's Stalwart Battalion, 2nd ROTC Brigade. There are currently 18 cadets based out of Utica College, with a total of 96 cadets in all of Stalwart Battalion.
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- Christopher J. Shultz - Administrator: email@example.com
Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps
Developing quality leaders for the Air Force, Air Force ROTC offers two educational programs – the Air Force Senior ROTC Program and the Air Force Junior ROTC Program. Air Force ROTC's headquarters is at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.
The Air Force Senior ROTC Program is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates through college campus programs based on Air Force requirements. Units are located at 144 college and university campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Students from schools near Air Force ROTC host institutions can attend classes through 1025 separate crosstown enrollment programs or consortium agreements.
For interested Utica College students, the Air Force ROTC program is based out of Syracuse University. As a full-time student, you can take courses here at Utica College as you normally would, but you will need to attend a military leadership course at Syracuse University, one day per week.
Point of Contact:
If you will be leaving for military duty, or are returning from assignment, please contact any of the UC’s Veterans' Liaison listed as contacts on this page.
Utica College policy for military-related withdrawal:
- You will need your official orders for military duty sent to the Utica College Registrars Office.
- There will be no academic penalty for withdrawing from your courses provided that you - (a) notify each of your instructors of your leave within reasonable timeframes, (b) work out arrangements with your instructors to complete assignments, and (c) mutually agree on a course completion plan.
- There will be no financial penalties for withdrawing from your courses provided that you - (a) notify the Center for Student Success of your leave, and (b) speak personally to your financial aid counselor.
**PLEASE NOTE: Instructors MUST be given adequate communication regarding your leave, and are only required to give you reasonable accommodation for your military leave. Reasonable accommodation is determined by your instructor. If you feel reasonable accommodations are not being made, please notify the veterans' liaison, and provide written proof of your case.
The GI Bill
The term GI Bill® refers to any Department of Veterans Affairs education benefit earned by members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. Since 1944, the GI Bill has helped millions of Veterans pay for college, graduate school, and training programs. Under this bill, qualifying Veterans and their family members can get money to cover all or some of the costs for school or training.
The original GI Bill was drafted by The American Legion. Since that time the GI Bill has undergone changes and updates. The biggest change has been made by the Post-9/11 GI Bill which expands the eligibility to include National Guard servicemen and full-time Active Guard and Reserve. This updated version of the original GI Bill is available to you by helping to minimize your out-of-pocket college expenses by assisting with tuition, housing and other costs. If you are a former service member – you should tap into these resources to help you obtain a successful civilian career.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Who’s eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?
Veterans with at least 90 aggregate days of qualifying military service after September 10, 2001 or those having a service-connected disability with at least 30 days of consecutive service during the same timeframe should consider using their Post-9/11 GI Bill to help pay for their post-secondary education.
What does the Post 9/11 GI Bill cover for student veterans?
Tuition and fees, housing, and books are among the provisions partially or fully covered for veterans with eligible service. Monies can be used toward education at public and private colleges, universities, and trade schools as well as for licensing, tutorial assistance, and testing, such as the LSAT or SAT.
For veterans who served between 90 days and six months, the minimum benefit is 40 percent for tuition and fees, the monthly housing allowance and book stipend, while the maximum benefit is 100 percent for the same benefits for veterans who served at least 36 months of active duty. For lengths of service between these two extremes, percentage of benefits is tiered by prorating the duration of service.
Do these benefits expire?
Certain qualifying veterans are eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for up to five years from their last discharge date from active duty ending with an Honorable Discharge provided their discharge date was prior to January 1, 2013; however, for veterans discharged after January 1, 2013, their benefits do not expire as they fall under the parameters of the Forever GI Bill.
Can dependents benefit from this program?
One unique feature of the Post 9/11 GI Bill is the option to transfer unused educational benefits to a spouse and/or dependent children. With at least six years of qualifying service, but less than 16 years and still serving, unused benefits can be transferred, provided the military member can serve an additional four years at the time of transfer. After 16 years of service, the serving member is not authorized to make a transfer of benefits under the Forever GI Bill rules.
Other VA Education Benefits
If you’re a Guardsman, Reservist, or Veteran who doesn’t qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you can apply for education benefits through these other programs:
- The post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP, Chapter 32)
- The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD, Chapter 30)
- The Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR, Chapter 1606)
- The National Call to Service program
The Department of Veterans Affairs has also compiled a list of non-VA resources and websites that might be useful to student Veterans and those who support them.
NYS Higher Education Corporation Services - Military Corner
New York State veterans, active-duty service members or members of their immediate families have higher education benefits that can help pay for college.
Utica College offers a 10% tuition discount for military spouses enrolled in our online programs and there are several sources of aid available for service members, veterans, and their families, included, but not limited to:
Two key forms from the Department of Veterans Affairs are the application for VA Education Benefits and a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training. Links to these forms can be found below:
If you need additional VA forms, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website and search by form number or title/keyword.
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