Veterans & Military Requirements

While Manhattan College can never repay our nation's collective debt of gratitude to our servicemembers and their families, we make a special effort to welcome and support veterans. This starts with the admissions process and continues on through graduation. The following information details the various processes you will need to complete as part of your application to Manhattan College.

For Veterans

  • Apply for Admission to Manhattan College

    You should apply as a FRESHMAN if you:

    • Served in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard (or are an eligible dependent).
    • Have not completed any college coursework online or at a college campus.

    OR

    • Served in the Air Force but do NOT have a CCAF/Air University or Joint Services Transcript.

    See Freshman Requirements

    You should apply as a TRANSFER if you:

    • Served in the Air Force and have a CCAF/Air University or Joint Services Transcript.

    OR

    • Served in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard AND completed coursework online or at a college campus prior to/during/after your military service.

    OR

    • Are an eligible dependent of a veteran from any military branch AND you have already completed some college coursework.

    See Transfer Requirements

    Additional Application Requirements 

    In addition to the items required for freshman and transfer applications, veteran applicants must also provide the following documents.

    Joint Services Transcript

    A majority of the coursework from your Joint Services Transcript will not be transferable, but we do require that you submit the documents. Military transcripts can be requested by visiting the Joint Services Transcript website.

    If you attended The Air University/Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), you can request your official transcript from the Air University website.

    Mail all official military transcripts to:

    Manhattan College
    Office of Admissions
    ATTN: Troy Cogburn, Director of Transfer Admissions
    4513 Manhattan College
    Riverdale, NY 10471

    Recommendation Letter

    As listed in the freshman and transfer application requirements, you will need to submit at least one letter of recommendation. This letter can be completed by a commanding officer, high school teacher, employer or college professor.

    Application Timeline & Deadlines 

    Admission to Manhattan College operates on a rolling basis which means that there is no set deadline to submit your application. However, we have the follow guidelines in place:

    • If applying as a transfer, you should submit your application as soon as you begin your final semester at your previous college or prior to leaving active duty.
    • If applying as a freshman, you should submit your application by March 1.
    • Once we receive all of your required documents , it will take 2-3 weeks for you to receive an admissions decision or a request for additional information.
  • Apply for Veteran Education Benefits

    Apply for Benefits

    Go to the Veterans Affairs website to apply for your educational benefits. Eligible veterans can also transfer Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) educational benefits to an eligible dependent.

    Submit Documents to Manhattan College

    After you have submitted your application for Veteran Educational benefits, submit the following documents to Manhattan College:

    Mail copies of the above documents to Manhattan College at:

    Manhattan College
    Office of Admissions
    ATTN: Troy Cogburn, Director of Transfer Admissions
    4513 Manhattan College
    Riverdale, NY 10471

    Academic Requirements for Eligibility

    The VA academic requirements for eligibility are as follows:

    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’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.

    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.

  • Apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program, Scholarships & Financial Aid

    In addition to the VA educational benefits, there are additional assistance programs to aid in covering the cost of your education.

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    Manhattan College participates in the VA Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) to assist with funding tuition expenses for military veterans.

    This tuition-benefit program includes both undergraduate and graduate study and either full- or part-time enrollment. When combined with other VA educational benefits, the Yellow Ribbon program allows you to attend Manhattan college at at little or no cost.

    See more information and learn how to apply for the Yellow Ribbon program.

    Scholarships for Veterans

    You may be eligible to apply for these veteran-specific scholarships:

    • 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, servicemembers 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 servicemembers who sustained injuries resulting in 60% 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.
    • Mattar Veterans Advocates Merit Scholarship: Applicants must be a servicemember or a spouse/dependent of a servicemember who wishes to continue their academic pursuits.
    • BestSchools.com: Scholarship directory for veterans
    • GoGrad.org: Graduate school scholarship opportunities for veterans
    • AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships, Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans: Merit-based scholarships for persons on active duty in the uniformed military services, to honorably discharged U.S. military veterans (including Reservists and National Guard personnel) of the Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations (years 2004-present) who are currently enrolled and attending classes in an undergraduate program part time or full time in an eligible STEM major degree program at an accredited four year college or university in the U.S.

    Financial Aid

    After receiving an acceptance letter, you are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    If you are a New York resident, you may also apply for the Veterans Tuition Award (VTA) and the New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Veteran Services at Manhattan College

Manhattan College was named a top school for veteran students by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about the unique ways we help our veterans return to civilian life and academia. 

For Eligible Dependents

  • Apply for VA Benefits

    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 mail copies of the above documents to Manhattan College: 

    Manhattan College
    Student Financial Services
    ATTN: Deanna Cruz, Certifying Official
    4513 Manhattan College Parkway
    Riverdale, NY 10471

    *Your documents may also be emailed to: deanna.cruz@manhattan.edu


Questions?

For any additional questions about applying for admission to Manhattan College as a veteran or military dependent student, please contact:

Troy Cogburn
718-862-7299
troy.cogburn@manhattan.edu