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Military and Veteran Students
- Submit your application: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, in which admissions decision will be determined once all admissions requirements are completed and received.
- Official High School and College transcripts: For application and credit evaluation purposes, applicants must submit official high school or GED and/or college transcripts to our Office of Admissions. More information can be found here. If you have a GED, you can order your transcript here. To obtain high school and college transcripts, please contact the school(s) directly.
- Military transcripts: To have military training/courses reviewed for college credit, applicants must submit an official copy of the transcript(s). To order an official military transcript, click here.
- DSST and CLEP exams: For applicants that have obtained credit through DSST testing (formerly DANTES), click here to order your official scores. To order your CLEP scores, click here. Credit will only be given to individuals that received a passing score on an exam.
- Apply for VA Benefits or Military Tuition Assistance: Veterans or service members that seek to use VA benefits (←link to military educational benefits page), must apply for their benefits online or submit a paper copy of the VA Form 22-1990 found here. If you previously used VA benefits at another institution, you must complete the VA Form 22-1995 found here . For service members using military tuition assistance, you must contact your local branch office to get up to date information about utilizing your benefits.
- Financial Aid: Applicants may also be eligible for need based federal financial aid, in the form of grants and student loans. To apply, you must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please review our financial aid and tuition and fees policy here.
- Personal Statement- Applicants must also submit a 1-2 page written personal statement. Further details can be found here (←link to personal statement page).
- Resume- All applicants must submit a current resume that reflects academic and professional qualifications. For more information, click here. (←link to resume requirements page
VA Benefit Program and Tuition Assistance
As an incentive for military service, the Department of Veteran Affairs administers several benefit programs for eligible veterans and service members. At St. John’s University Staten Island, we work with military students and veterans to ensure awareness of the VA education benefit program(s), for which they may qualify. We strongly encourage students to utilize their benefits, as they help reduce the cost of attendance, or in some instances, cover 100% of the student’s tuition. In addition to accepting an array of these benefit programs, SJU is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. St. John’s requires all students using VA education benefits to provide a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility.
For more information about specific VA benefit and tuition assistance programs, click here. (←link to types of benefits page)
Individuals seeking further financial assistance may also elect to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We encourage our military students to complete a FAFSA, as some VA or Tuition Assistance programs may not cover the yearly cost of attendance. To get started on the FAFSA application, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please take a moment to review the financial aid and tuition and fees policy here.
VA Application and Payment Information
In order to apply for enrollment and receive education benefits at St. John’s, you must notify the Veterans Benefit Coordinator at our Staten Island campus. You are also required to complete the Veterans Benefits Certification Request Form. This form must be turned in to the Veterans Benefit Coordinator at the University before you can become certified and eligible for Veteran Education Benefits.
Once we receive approval of your veteran education benefits, we provide you with a temporary credit on your student account, pending receipt of actual benefits. Please note that St. John’s will not issue any refund of excess financial aid until all financial aid awards have been received by the University.
Certificate of Eligibility
It is important to know that in order for your benefits to post to your account, students must submit their Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Office of Student Financial Services. Students should have this document upon registration. If you need to obtain copies of your COE, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.
Changes in Enrollment Status
If you do not wish to be certified for veteran benefits in a given semester, you must notify the University Veterans Coordinator in writing, prior to the beginning of the semester. It is your responsibility to inform St. John’s University and Veteran Affairs of any changes in your enrollment status, such as dropping or withdrawing from a course.
- GI Bill® Website
- Regional Veteran Affairs Office
- US Coast Guard Education Benefits
- NYS Veterans Benefits
- NYS Division of Veteran Affairs
Talk to an Admission Counselor
Juantiesha Christian, Admission Counselor
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
*Later appointments may be available upon request.
Contact Veteran Affairs Representative
Thomas Marlow, Military and Veteran Benefit Specialist
1 (800) 827-1000
United States Department of Veteran Affairs
1 (877) 222-VETS (8387)
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
At St. John’s University, we recognize the importance of your work experiences, which can often translate into college credit. As a military service member or veteran, we understand that you may have obtained certifications and credits through various training courses. Examples of such include credit received from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and credit documented on the SMARTS and AARTS, just to name a few. As a part of the admissions process, we can evaluate your military transcripts and any college coursework that you have obtained from an accredited higher education institution. St John’s can accept up to 90 transfer credit hours, in which you will be required provide official transcripts to process the credit transfer. The transfer credit maximum does include credit from the military. Forms to order official military transcripts can be found here.
St John’s University will also accept credit granted from the college-level exams, such as DSST and CLEP. In order to obtain credit, students must receive a passing score. In certain circumstances, students can receive college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses that a student completed as a part of their high school curriculum. Such courses also require students to pass an exam in order to receive college credit.
Students can also receive life experience credit, which may be applicable to college-level study, by preparing a portfolio. For more information about obtaining life experience credit, click here.
To receive credits for non-collegiate sponsored learning, the learning experience must have occurred during a time period and class length determined by The American Council on Education (ACE). Examples of non-collegiate sponsored learning are as follows;
- Professional development programs
- Training Experiences offered by an employer
- Professional Associations
- Police Academy
- Correctional Services Training Academy
- Community-based Organizations
- Military Experience
For more information about ways to earn college credit and evaluating your transfer credits, contact your Admissions Counselor: