Veterans Benefits

Hartwick is pleased to be participating in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program), a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

Students who qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program must be enrolled full-time and be an undergraduate student in a degree program.

To be eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits, an individual must be entitled to the maximum Post 9/11 benefit. An individual may be eligible for Yellow Ribbon Enhancement if:

  • He/She served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • He/She was honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and had served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • He/She is a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria, as described on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web site.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Enhancement, you must apply to the VA. The VA will then determine your eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and issue you a Certificate of Eligibility. You can apply online using the VA Form 22-1990 (PDF) or through the GI Bill Web site. The form and Web site include instructions needed to begin the process.

Applying for other Veterans benefits

Various Department of Veterans Affairs programs provide educational benefits for spouses, sons, and daughters of deceased or permanently disabled veterans as well as for veterans and in-service personnel, subject to certain restrictions. Under most programs the student pays tuition and fees at the time of registration but will receive a monthly allowance from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The process of applying for benefits begins with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Please visit their Web site for more information about the application process.

Allowance checks are usually sent directly to the veteran by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans and eligible dependents should contact the Office of the Registrar each term for which they desire Veterans Affairs certification of enrollment.

All veterans are expected to reach the objective (bachelor's, master's, doctorate, or certificate) authorized by the Department of Veterans Affairs with the minimum number of points required. The Department of Veterans Affairs may not authorize allowance payments for credits that are in excess of scholastic requirements, that are taken for audit purposes only, or for which nonpunitive grades are received.

Applications and further information may be obtained from the student's regional office of the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you need additional guidance regarding the application process, you may contact Leah Elwood in the Office of the Registrar at 607-431-4435.

Since interpretation of regulations governing veterans' benefits is subject to change, veterans should keep in touch with the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site.