Veteran Benefits

Certification of Eligibility

If this is the first time you will use your GI Bill education benefits, you must have your certificate of eligibility before classes begin. Receiving your certificate takes 6-8 weeks, so plan accordingly.

Michele Ferrera, Maritime's VA certifying official, will help you with this process. Contact her at: or 718-409-3587. It is your responsibility to contact her.

If you add or drop classes, you must tell Ms. Ferrara. If you don't, you risk losing your benefits. If you do not complete a course, you may have to pay the VA back for those benefits.

What to send to SUNY Maritime's Financial Aid Office

  • Copy of member DD214 (certificate of release or discharge from active duty)
  • Certificate of eligibility for chapter 30, 31, 33 and 35. You will receive this form from a regional VA office once your eligibility is determined.
  • Notice of basic eligibility (NOBE) if you are using chapter 1606 or 1607 benefits.
  • Maritime's VA 1999 Enrollment form. This must be completed and signed with a copy of your semester's registration attached.

Financial Aid cannot certify your enrollment with the VA until you register for classes and receive a bill for the semester. After your benefits are certified, we will will post an estimated award to your student account. 

Additional Financial Aid

All students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA to apply for federal student aid. Maritime's school code is 002853.

You may also be eligible for a Pell Grant.

New York State Veterans Tuition Awards are available to residents who have been discharged under honorable conditions and are pursuing a degree part- or full-time. The award amount will be calculated based on your VA benefits; it will not exceed the cost of tuition. For more information, click here.


The VA will send your benefits to Maritime around the start of classes. You will be responsible if there is a balance due after your benefits are applied.

The first check should arrive six to eight weeks after the first day of classes or later if the veteran should apply for certification after classes begin. Make sure that you register for your courses on time to ensure prompt certification of your enrollment.