New Student Checklist

 

2018 - 2019 Academic Year

 

  • Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214 to the Columbia Office of Military & Veterans Affairs (OMVA).
     
    In person to 202 Kent Hall
    Scan and email to veterans@columbia.edu
    Fax to (212) 854-2818
  • If you don’t have this document – please visit Vets.gov in order to apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • If you are entitled to receive Yellow Ribbon, apply at your school’s financial aid office.
  • Complete the Request for Certification online form on the Columbia Veterans Affairs website, prior to the start of every term you want to utilize your benefits at Columbia
    • Notify OMVA if you intend to utilize Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment benefits (VR&E). This benefit will cover 100% of tuition and mandatory fees.
    • Medical insurance is not a mandatory fee.
    • You are eligible to apply if you have a disability rating of 20% or greater. 

  • Watch Columbia's short orientation video, "Registration, Benefits, and Resources for Veterans and Servicemembers."
  • Sign up for direct deposit with the Veterans Administration by calling 1-888-442-4551.
    • Notify OMVA if you will be on Active Duty when you begin the term (even for one day, including terminal leave)
    • Students are responsible to pay any accounts balances that exceed their benefits by the 4th E-Billing statement. Failure to pay by the deadline will result in a hold on your student account and late fees.
  • Sign up for veterans health coverage at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx or at the Harlem Community Clinic.

    You have up to 5 years after your separation date to sign up for coverage. While at the Medical Center or Clinic, get your Veterans Affairs ID card.
  • If you need any dental work, you have up to 6 months after your separation date to have it covered by Veterans Affairs.
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To Contact Us

Office of Military and Veterans Affairs
202 Kent Hall
MC 9203, 1140 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-3161
Fax: 212-854-2818
Email: veterans@columbia.edu