New York National Guard Education Services

Veterans Tuition Award

The Veterans Tuition Award (VTA) is an award for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State. NOTE: Students previously approved for this award must apply for payment each year. Those students attending a vocational school or who are attending an approved undergraduate or graduate program part-time may apply for payment for the current academic year by completing the supplement.

See How to Apply for Payment below for additional details.

Award Amounts

2008 - 2009 Awards

For the 2009-10 academic year, awards will be set at 98% of tuition or $4,895.10, whichever is less. If a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award is also received, the combined academic year award cannot exceed tuition. Thus, the TAP award may be reduced accordingly.


Full-time Study

Part-time Study

Approved programs are defined as undergraduate degree, graduate degree, diploma, and certificate programs at degree-granting institutions, or noncredit vocational training programs of at least 320 clock hours specifically approved by the New York State Division of Veteran's Affairs' Bureau of Veterans Education.

Eligible Veterans

Eligible students are those who are New York State residents discharged under honorable conditions from the U.S. Armed forces and who are:

These students must also:

How to Establish Eligibility

Complete the New York State Veterans Tuition Award Supplement or contact HESC. Be sure to print the Web Supplement Confirmation, sign and return it along with the required documentation according to the instructions. Questions regarding eligible service or how to document service should be directed to the HESC Scholarship Unit at 1-888-697-4372.

How to Apply for Payment

Once you have established your eligibility, you must apply for payment. While you need only establish your eligibility once, you must apply for payment each year.

Apply for payment as follows:

Additional Information for Current NYARNG Members

Current NYARNG members can use the Veterans Tuition Assistance award in conjunction with their NYARNG Tuition Assistance and GI Bill Education Benefits. However, the combined total Tuition Assistance can not exceed the costs of tuition and mandatory fees.

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