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Veterans Educational Benefits

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We hope this site is a helpful resource for both veterans, their dependents or students who are considering a career in the military.

Veterans of the Armed Services are generally eligible for educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA pays some benefits directly to the student, and some to the school, depending upon which benefits the student is entitled to. The student must apply for benefits directly with the VA, and SUNY Downstate Medical center who will certify the student’s enrollment and academic progress to the VA. The VA will make monthly payments to the student or school accordingly based upon that certification. 

Please click to visit SUNY Veteran Affairs Education Benefits page.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (the “GI Bill”) expands the educational benefits available to many veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. This new legislation, effective August 1, 2009, provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Veterans with a service-related disability, as well as children or dependents of veterans who were disabled or killed in the line of duty, may be eligible for additional benefits via

Are You Eligible?

To find out if you are eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at:

New York State Veterans and Families Benefits

Additional Veteran Tuition Rewards can be applied for at the New York State HESC website.

Additional Military and Veterans Information Links

Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act  

The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 requires educational institutions to make certain disclosures to students using federal military and/or VA educational benefits. To view and print a copy of an estimated personalized cost of attendance you can visit the SUNY Net Price Cost Calculator  and select Downstate Medical from the dropdown. Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator site. 
The SUNY Financial Aid Plan (FAP) will provide a more in-depth analysis and accurate picture of student cost once the student has filed their FAFSA, completed a SUNY application, and has been accepted by a campus.

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Certifying Officer

Anne Shonbrun
450 Clarkson Avenue, MSC 98
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Phone: (718) 270-4551
Fax: (718) 270-7592

Edeline Mitton – Continuing Education Certifying Officer

Individuals who are not matriculated and who want to take continuing education courses using VA benefits will contact Edeline Mitton at

Natalie Arrindell – Graduate Medical Education Certifying Officer

Residents who want to use their VA benefits will contact Natalie Arrindell at