Veterans Resources

Higher Education Benefits for Veterans

There are a number of federal and state programs and policies that support eligible veterans, service members, and their families as they pursue postsecondary education: 

 


GI Bill® Education Benefits

This program enables eligible servicemen, veterans, and their family members to receive monies that can be used for education and training expenses. For more information about benefits and eligibility, check out www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. To apply for your benefits online, visit https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply.

Qualified applicants will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) once their application has been reviewed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Please keep a copy of this letter to bring to your school certifying official or apprenticeship sponsor to confirm your entitlement.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.


Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

This program is available to qualifying servicemembers of the Armed Forces or National Guard and may be used for degrees at institutions of higher learning that are accredited with the US Department of Education.

Additional information about your eligibility may be obtained from your Education Officer within your unit.

 

State Approving Agency (SAA)

RIOPC is home to the Rhode Island State Approving Agency. We have approval oversight over any level of education or training program that is eligible to offer VA educational benefits to its students. Most of our active degree and non-degree granting institutions have already been approved for GI Bill benefits as well as quite a few of our apprenticeship programs. If the program you are seeking has not yet been approved, please contact Rebecca Ryan at Rebecca.Ryan@riopc.edu for more information about next steps. 


GI Bill Comparison Tool

For access to all approved schools and programs nationally including key veteran enrollment information as well as BAH calculations, please visit https://www.va.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool.


Additional Benefits for Rhode Island Veterans 

Rhode Island’s three public institutions of higher learning (the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island) offer a number of education benefit programs that expand education access and affordability for servicemen, veterans, and their families. 

 

Benefit

Who is eligible?

Priority Registration

Any combat veteran who received an honorable discharge status and has submitted a DD214 demonstrating combat service to the school

In-State Tuition

-Any active duty service member or the family member of any active duty service member, regardless of where they live

-Any GI Bill-eligible veteran

-Any non-veteran GI Bill beneficiary, provided that they live in the state while attending the state school

 

Disabled Veteran Tuition Waiver

Any veteran who:

-Has documented service connected disability of 10% or more

- Is a RI resident

-Has submitted a FAFSA application (eligibility not required-- the law only specifies completion)

RI National Guard Tuition Waiver

Any member of the RI Army or Air National Guard

 

Military Transfer Credits

Any veteran or active-duty service member who submits transcripts or prior learning assessment for evaluation

 

 

Students and families can obtain more information about state and federal education benefits from the veterans coordinators at each campus:

 

CAMPUS CONTACTS

URI

Rachael Garcia, MSW

Assistant Director of Veteran Affairs and Military Programs

401-874-5162

rachael_garcia@uri.edu 

 

RIC

Earl H Bright III

Assistant Administrative Officer/Veteran Certifying Official

401-456-9770

ebright@ric.edu 

 

CCRI

Dennis Cosmo

Vet Advisor

404-217-6496

dcosmo@ccri.edu 

 

waytogori

Additional resources for veterans and families are available on the WaytoGoRI.org website under Military Careers and Rhode Island Resources. Students interested in joining the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program can review information with the participating schools in Rhode Island. If you are interested in joining the military, there are links for each branch of service. For the veterans who are searching for a career, there are job websites and information on how to convert a military veteran’s experience into a civilian resume.