While Manhattan College can never repay our nation's collective debt of gratitude to our service members and their families, we make a special effort to welcome and support all military veterans, service members and dependents of those who have served. This starts with the admission 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. Learn more about our military and veteran support services at manhattan.edu/veterans.
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
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.
If transferring from another college, fill out the VA 22-1995 (for veterans only, not dependents) and send the proper form to the appropriate regional VA office by mail or complete and submit it online.
Mail copies of the above documents to Manhattan College at:
The VA academic requirements for eligibility are as follows:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manhattan College is consistently recognized as a top school for veteran students by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about our homegrown Veteran Success program that provides a way for student veterans to acclimate to college life.
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