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Veteran Benefits Providing an easier path to a college degree is one way LIU Brooklyn joins our nation in repaying you for your service. With the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, education-related benefits, including funds for tuition, housing, books and supplies, are better than ever for our veterans. In addition, financial aid and scholarships and New York State tuition awards and grants may also be available to help you with costs that are not covered by your veteran benefits.

Learn more about the benefits that you have earned and start on your path to success.



Post-9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 of continuous active service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The amount of financial assistance is dependent upon the state in which the particular institution or program is located. The amount made available to an individual is capped at the highest in-state, undergraduate tuition & fees rate. A veteran’s length of active duty service after September 10, 2001 determines the benefit eligibility as follows:

  • 100% - At least 36 months
  • 100% - At least 30 continuous days and service-connected disability discharge
  • 90% - At least 30 months
  • 80% - At least 24 months
  • 70% - At least 18 months
  • 60% - At least 12 months
  • 50% - At least 6 months
  • 40% - At least 90 days

Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes undergraduate and graduate degrees and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Visit the GI Bill Web site for more information on eligibility.

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Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program

Veterans who have served a minimum of 36 months of active duty after September 10, 2001 are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program enhances your educational benefits by covering tuition and fees at higher-cost institutions. As a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, LIU Brooklyn will pay up to $2,000 per year to help you meet any costs that exceed those that are covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs will match this amount. In virtually all cases, the full cost of undergraduate tuition and expenses are covered through this program.

LIU will cover a maximum of 250 veterans each year at its two residential campuses: LIU Brooklyn and the LIU Post in Brookville. This additional funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those admitted and eligible applicants.

Visit the GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program Web site for more information on eligibility.

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Montgomery GI Bill - Chapter 30

The Montgomery GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Individuals must have entered active duty after June 30, 1985, and completed at least two years continuous active service. Some service members may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, service members may receive up to $5,400 in additional GI Bill benefits. The additional contribution must be made while on active duty. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty.

Visit the GI Bill Web site for more information on eligibility.

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Vocational Rehabilitation - Chapter 31

Veterans who have been declared disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs due to service related injury are eligible for this benefit. Services generally last up to 48 months, but they can be extended in certain instances.

Visit the GI Bill Web site for more information on eligibility.

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Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) - Chapter 32

VEAP is available to individuals who first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, contributed to the program, and did not contract with the Armed Forces under a delayed entry program. Benefits are dependent upon total contributions made and are calculated individually. No allowance is made for payment for dependents. Active duty service members may receive full VA educational entitlement under the VEAP program.

Visit the GI Bill Web site for more information on eligibility.

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Dependents Educational Assistance - Chapter 35

DEA provides educational benefits to dependents and survivors of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition, were a prisoner of war, or missing in action. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

Visit the GI Bill Web site for more information on eligibility.

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Reserve GI BILL - Chapter 1606

The Reserve GI Bill is available to any person who enlists, re-enlists, or extends an enlistment in the Selective Reserve for not less than six years, in addition to any other period of obligation after June 30, 1985, completed 180 days of service in the Selective Reserve, and is satisfactorily participating in required training in the Selective Reserve.

Visit the GI Bill Web site for more information on eligibility.

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Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Chapter 1607

REAP is a new education benefit program designed to provide assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or a national emergency. Certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 may either be eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

Visit the GI Bill Web site for more information on eligibility.

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Troops to Teachers Program (TTT)

The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Troops to Teachers (TTT) Program is a national program designed to assist eligible military personnel to transition to a new career as public school teachers in targeted schools. The program does not provide jobs nor issue teaching certificates, however, for eligible military personnel, the program offers state specific certification counseling, referral services, financial assistance toward certification expenses, and financial incentives to teach in low income schools where there are critical teacher shortages.

Visit the Troops to Teachers Web site for more information on eligibility.

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Veterans Tuition Awards

Provides financial awards for full- and part-time study to eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.

Visit the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation Web site for more information on eligibility.

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Other Student Grants and Awards

LIU sponsors an unlimited number of participants in our undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. Long Island University provides its students with more than $37.5 million annually in student aid that continues as you move through your academic career. Once students complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application, they may be eligible for any of the following, in addition to Post-9/11 GI benefits:

  • Adult Completion Award ($1,500): First-time entering and re-entering students who have registered for at least 12 credits in the Adult Completion Program
  • Rising Freshman Award ($1,000) : First-time entering freshmen who have completed at least 12 credits with a 2.0 G.P.A.
  • Scholars Award ($2,000 annually): Students who have earned at least 30 credits from LIU, achieving a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Upperclassman Recognition Award ($2,000 annually ) : Continuing students who earn at least 60 credits at LIU and achieve at least a 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Campus Activity Program ($5,000 annually): A competitive service award granted with faculty/staff or Scholarship Committee recommendation
  • Continuing Student Scholars Award ($4,000 annually): For students with 30 or more credits and a 3.6 G.P.A.
  • Dean's Award (up to $1,200): Students who have completed 16 credits a term with a 3.7 G.P.A.
  • Dean's Scholarships ($10,000 annually): Students who receive four consecutive Dean's monetary awards, with recommendation from Dean

Also included are Federal Work Study funds for campuses, which we offer in awards of up to $5,000 to eligible students. Students who earn Federal Work Study dollars may request that their earnings be applied directly to their accounts in the Office of Integrated Student Financial Services to help with deferred payment plans.

To ensure that our students continue to succeed at the graduate level, LIU provides the following graduate awards:

  • Graduate Assistantships/Fellowships: More than 500 awarded annually
  • LIU Alumni Incentive Program: Students who have recently graduated from LIU with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. are given scholarships ranging from $2,500-$6,000 when they enroll in a graduate program
  • LIU Distinguished Alumni Award: Scholarships for students with a minimum 3.5 G.P.A. who, because of their academic achievement as LIU undergraduates, are given awards ranging from $ 3,500-$7,000 annually
  • Graduate Excellence Award: For full-time (12 credit) enrollment in graduate phase of a B.S./M.S. or Pharm D. with 3.5 G.P.A., $2,000 annually.

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