Veteran and Dependent Student Admissions

For Dependent Students (Veteran Applicants skip to Step 1)

If you are an eligible dependent (survivor, spouse, or child) of a veteran, the VA provides education and training opportunities through the Dependants’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program (Chapter 35) which includes a stipend.

  • Eligible dependents must apply by submitting the VA Form 22-5490 and/or VA 22-5495 (if transferring colleges) form(s) online or by mail to the appropriate VA regional office.
  • Once your application has been processed by the VA, you will be mailed a certificate of eligibility (COE) which states your specific entitlements. You will need the SSN of the veteran in order to process the COE.
  • Please email copies of the above forms to
  • Then apply to Manhattan College.

Step 1: Apply for Veterans Educational Benefits

Apply for your benefits through the VA website. If you are eligible, you can transfer your Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) educational benefits to an eligible dependent. After you have applied for Veteran Educational benefits on the Veterans Affairs website, submit the following documents to Manhattan College:

  • Certificate of Eligibility — you should have received this document from the VA, it states what educational benefit you are eligible for and, in the case of Chapter 33 benefits (Post 9/11), at what percentage you will be paid.
  • If transferring from another college, fill out VA 22-1995 (for veterans) or VA 22-5495 (for dependents) and send the proper form to the appropriate regional VA office by mail or complete and submit it online.
  • Transfer eligible military education to corresponding civilian credit at the Joint Services Transcript website.
  • Mail all documents to Manhattan College:
    Office of Admissions
    4513 Manhattan College Parkway
    Riverdale, NY 10471

Step 2: Apply for Admission to Manhattan College

Admission to Manhattan College is on a rolling basis which means that there is no set deadline to submit your application. Transfer students should apply as soon as they begin their final semester in their previous college or prior to leaving active duty. Once all required documents are received, it will take 2-3 weeks to receive your decision or a request for additional information.

If any coursework was completed prior to/during/after your military service, you will apply as a transfer student.  While a majority of the coursework from your AARTS/CCAF/CGI/SMART transcript will not be transferrable, we do require that you submit the documents. The recommendation letter can be completed by a commanding officer, high school teacher, employer, or college professor.

If the only coursework completed (aside from high school) is that work on AARTS/CGI/SMART transcripts, you should apply as a freshman.

Military transcripts can be requested by visiting the Joint Services Transcript website. They are also accessible through the individual services pages. Please mail all official military transcripts to:
Manhattan College
Office of Admissions
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471

Step 3: Apply for Scholarships & Financial Aid

All students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you are a New York State resident, also apply for the NYS Veteran’s Tuition Award and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program.

Manhattan College is a participating school in the Yellow Ribbon Program. This tuition-benefit program includes both undergraduate and graduate study and either full- or part-time enrollment. Students will receive up to $15,000 per year, per student at the college, not to exceed the cost of tuition.

Below is a listing of several veteran specific scholarships. For additional opportunities, view the Veteran Scholarship Database.

  • Wyakin Warrior Foundation: Receive a college scholarship, assistance with living expenses and career guidance and mentorship as an OEF/OIF wounded Veteran.
  • Tillman Military Scholarships: Supports educational opportunities for Veterans, Service Members and their families by covering direct study-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books, room and board, and other needs, such as child care.
  • Sentinels of Freedom: Grants two to four year educational scholarships to Service Members who sustained injuries resulting in 60 percent or higher permanent disability.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Military Scholarship Program: Program of the VFW that provides scholarships for education or training to VFW members who are currently serving in uniform or have been discharged in the past 36 months.

Step 4: Academic Requirements for Eligibility

Make sure you know what is required to maintain your eligibility for veteran educational benefits.

Chapter 33

Rate of pursuit applies specifically to Chapter 33. It differs from training time, which is used for all other chapters. Schools certify actual credit. VA calculates rate of pursuit by dividing the number of credit (or credit hour equivalents) being pursued by the number of credit considered to be full-time by the school. The resulting percentage is the student’s rate of pursuit.

Examples: If full-time is 12 credits, then rate of pursuit for:

  • 6 credits (or credit equivalents) is 50% (6*12 = 50%)
  • 7 credits (or credit equivalents) is 58% (7*12 = 58%)

The housing allowance is paid if the student’s rate of pursuit is more than 50%. Rate of pursuit determines whether a student receives or doesn’t receive the housing allowance. If pursuit is greater than 50% and less than 100% the student receives a pro-rated amount of the housing allowance.

Chapters 30, 1607, 1606, 35, and 31

  • Full-time: 12 credits
  • 3/4 time: 9 to 11 credits
  • 1/2 time: 6 to 8 credits
  • Less than 1/2 time: 5 credits or less

Full-time equivalency is defined as regularly enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, full length of the term. Students certified for less than full-time will have their eligibility proportionately extended. Veterans registering for classes which meet for less than the standard 10-11 week session will be certified by the number of credits for the class and the class dates and paid accordingly.

Contact the Veteran Certifying Official for details or help determining credit loads for short term classes and during summer term.

In addition if you are covered under the MGIB-Active Duty (Chapter 30), MGIB Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607) or Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) you must verify your enrollment monthly using the W.A.V.E. system.

 You must have a current or active benefit award. These are records with activity in the last 12 months.

Step 5: Review the Accepted Student Steps

Once you are accepted into Manhattan College, please contact Agnes Flynn, executive secretary for Student Life, at 718-862-7352 and email your DD214 to agnes.flynn@manhattan.ed. You will then need to complete the steps listed on the Accepted Students page.

Step 6: Verify Enrollment

By this point, you have completed all the steps required for admission, set up education benefits, and applied for scholarships. You are now about to begin you first semester at Manhattan College.

  • Once you receive your schedule for the semester, check your enrollment verification with VA eBenefits. Under the tab “View My Status” click on the link “Post-9/11 GI Bill Enrollment Status.”
  • Upon verification of enrollment by the Manhattan College certifying official, the VA will mail you an information packet detailing containing information on: current enrollment in credit hours, percentage of benefits receiving, and benefits remaining (in months and days)
  • Understand the Payment Timeline

Post-9/11 GI Bill Tuition

Tuition payments will be paid directly to Manhattan College. You can monitor the payments issued to the school by viewing your payment history on your eBenefits page, or by checking your student account by logging into Self Service.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance

Payments will be mailed or direct deposited after your first month of classes. Direct deposit can be set up by completing the VA 24-0296 Direct Deposit Enrollment form, or by accessing your VA ebenefits account. Direct deposit requests are generally processed within 3 working days.

Current Housing Allowance Rates:

  • Beginning September 2014 - $3744/month
  • To stay current on rates, use the Defense Travel BAH Calculator
  • Note: Your housing allowance is rated for an E-5 with dependents.

Montgomery GI Bill

After your first month of class is complete, make sure that your enrollment is verified using W.A.V.E. You will receive payment within two weeks of your enrollment verification from W.A.V.E.


For any additional questions with regard to applying for admission to Manhattan College, please contact us at any time.

Troy L. Cogburn, Director of Transfer Admissions
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