Here’s some good news for veterans: New York state has impoved its veteran’s tuition award program by raising the maximum financial aid it gives to the state’s combat veterans to what SUNY charges the state’s veterans for undergrad courses. In simple terms, the maximum award money will equal the tuition costs. The money will be available for approved vocational, ungergrad and graduate programs in private and public institutions.
Gov. David Paterson said the increased award was a way of showing appreciation for the services of veterans. The awards will be available to veterans whoserved in Indochina in the Vietnam War, or who served in hostilities in the Persian Gulf or Afghanistan, and were discharged under honorable conditions are eligible for the tuition award.
Those who served in the armed forces in fighting that ocurred after Feb. 28 1961 â€” those with Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, or Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal â€” and were honorably discharged, will also be eligible.
More details about the increased awards can be found at the state’s Veterans Affairs Web site at http://www.veterans.state.ny.us or at the Web site of the New York State Higher Education Services Corp (HESC) at http://www.hesc.com/content.nsf/SFC/Military_Corner.