Military-Friendly Colleges in New York

In the state of New York, military members have many choices when looking for a place to begin or continue their education. Below are five military-friendly schools, both public and private, that offer traditional and online programs that veterans and current military members may want to consider.

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There are a tremendous number of colleges and universities in the state of New York, so choosing among them may seem overwhelming. Certain schools in New York are more military friendly than others due to the resources and benefits they provide to veterans and military members. We will look at five of these military-friendly schools below in greater detail.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
CUNY City College 4-year, public New York, NY $6,689 In-state tuition for veterans, Edge4Vets, military credit transfer, application fee waiver
SUNY Oswego 4-year, public Oswego, NY $7,961 Military services coordinator, online programs, in-state tuition for all active duty military, military credit transfers
Mercy College 4-year, private Dobbs Ferry, NY $18,392 Professional mentors, flexible and online degree programs, military credit transfers, Yellow Ribbon Program, Army and Air Force ROTC
Cornell University 4-year, private Ithaca, NY $50,953 VetLink, Warrior-Scholar Project, Yellow Ribbon Program, Cornell ROTC
University of Rochester 4-year, private Rochester, NY $50,142 Yellow Ribbon Program, Rochester Pledge, Veteran's Alliance

Source: *U.S. Department of Education

School Highlights

Each of the five unique institutions featured here has special benefits and incentives to attract veterans and military students. Support services and tuition assistance are top considerations. Other military perks include strong ROTC programs, facilities designated for veterans, and special training opportunities. An individual's personal career and life goals should inform any enrollment decision.

CUNY City College

Located in New York City, the City College of New York (aka CUNY City College) offers a number of veterans programs on campus, such as Edge4Vets, which helps veterans prepare for interviews and find jobs. CUNY City College also offers all veterans the opportunity to benefit from in-state tuition rates, even for veterans who are not local to New York. Veterans who are applying for undergraduate admissions can obtain an application fee waiver because of their veteran status and also do not have to pay the commitment deposit. It is also possible for veterans to receive credit for the time they spent working in the military that they can apply towards their degrees.

SUNY State University of New York - Oswego

Each SUNY campus has a designated veterans services office and counselors who are trained to help veterans and military members understand their benefits and fill out government paperwork. SUNY-Oswego accepts military tuition assistance and offers military scholarships and leaves of absence. The campus is home to a veterans lounge, and military members may join the veterans club. Active military members and their dependents qualify for in-state tuition rates if they are stationed in New York, and all honorably discharged veterans qualify for in-state tuition. Oswego offers up to thirty credits for military service, including upper-division credit.

Mercy College

For veterans or military members who are interested in attending a private school, Mercy College offers one of the most affordable private tuition rates in the whole state. There are also two military recruiters who work at Mercy College to assist in the Army & Air Force ROTC program. Students can enroll in the joint program to earn commissions as officers upon graduation. Students in the program also qualify for more scholarships and receive specialized training while in college. Mercy also participates in the national Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides tuition assistance to veterans who qualify.

Cornell University

Cornell University offers a number of attractive programs and benefits to their veteran students, along with a rigorous academic environment. Cornell regularly hosts the Warrior-Scholar Project, which involves one or two-week-long free academic boot camps that are specifically designed for veterans. Veterans can apply to Cornell using the VetLink service, which provides additional assistance with the application process and allows them to showcase their service in the military. Cornell participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which veterans can apply for to help make school more affordable. Cornell also has an active ROTC program for students who are interested in joining the military after college.

University of Rochester

At the University of Rochester, students who have served in the military for at least 36 months will receive the Rochester Pledge. Along with the G.I. Bill and any other funding a student receives, the Rochester Pledge makes up the difference so that the student's entire tuition is covered. Students who served less than 36 months in the military are also eligible, though the scholarship amount will be adjusted according to the length of service. The University of Rochester also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides additional tuition assistance to veteran students. The university has an active Veterans Alliance group, which is designed to provide assistance to veteran students and help them integrate into the university community.

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