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Veteran and Military Services

SUNY Oswego isDedicated to Vets

SUNY Oswego is dedicated to providing outstanding guidance, advice, advocacy and outreach services that reflect the unique needs of our veteran and military student population, along with their spouses and dependents.   Our staff will help you navigate your educational benefits, internships, networking, and career planning.  Whether you want to take courses part-time, full-time, or need something with more flexibility—SUNY Oswego is dedicated to help you find the educational opportunities that best work for you.

SUNY Oswego is proud of our Distinctions

  • Best for Vets College by Military Times for 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • Military Friendly School by Military Advanced Education for the past seven years
  • Military Friendly School by G. I. Jobs for the past six years 
  • Best Colleges for Veterans among Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report

Tuition and Benefits Costs

Full-time active duty service members stationed within New York state, as well as their dependents, are eligible for in-state tuition rates. Honorably discharged veterans, regardless of their state of residency, are also eligible for the resident tuition rate.  SUNY Oswego's VA Certifying Official assists veterans and eligible dependents with the process of determining eligibility and receiving educational assistance benefits.

Campus and Community Resources

SUNY Oswego offers resources that are frequently utilized by our veteran and military students.  Staff members have experience working with the unique needs of our veteran students.

We also have relationships with several community organizations that many student veterans utilize.  These organizations support our efforts in assisting student veterans with the transition to civilian and college life. 

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 SUNY Oswego 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.

Why Oswego?

Military Credit

SUNY Oswego uses American Council on Education recommendations in awarding college credit for military experience through the Joint Services Transcript. Each individual recommendation is evaluated for SUNY Oswego equivalencies with credits awarded as either specific courses, subject electives, or arts and science electives. Upper division credit is also recognized. Any courses that would apply to a student's major require departmental approval. Credit is awarded upon enrollment with a maximum of 30 credits.

To request a JST, visit their website, create an account and request an electronic copy be sent to us. Our institution is listed as "State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego."

Military Scholarships

Lt. Col. Mike Waters, USAF (Ret.) '70 Scholarship
Every year, one recipient earns this $1,325 scholarship established by Michael Waters '70 to assist working students needing financial assistance to complete their degree. To qualify for this award, a student must: 
a. Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing as a freshman, sophomore or junior (completed 0-86 credits by deadline) 
b. Demonstrate financial need 
c. Preference will be given to veterans (particularly combat veterans) 
d. Preference will be given to students from Central New York

Lt. Col. Dan Bangs ’69 Veterans and Military Services Scholarship
Lt. Col. Dan Bangs ’69 established this $1,000 award in support of students from our veteran and military population, with demonstrated financial need. To qualify for this award, a student must:
a. Be a full- or part-time matriculated student at SUNY Oswego, who is a veteran of the U.S Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S Coast Guard, or U.S. Public Health Service.
b. Be currently serving on active duty or serving in the reserves or national guard.
c. Have documented financial need and proof of honorable military service.
d. Have a GPA of at least 2.5 or other evidence of academic potential to succeed.

Apply online. Deadline is early February. 

Military Leave of Absence

A matriculated student who is called up to active duty with the military or deployed for military action is eligible for a Military Leave of Absence. A Military Leave of Absence will facilitate a student's return to Oswego if the student wishes to return within one year of the date of discharge from active service or return from deployment. It will also provide a refund of tuition and fees if the withdrawal is during a semester. 

To obtain a Military Leave of Absence, students must submit a copy of their military orders along with a College Withdrawal Form to Compass, the student advisement center. When discharged from active duty or back from assignment, a student can register at Oswego by contacting the Registrar's Office, 301 Culkin Hall, and declaring their intention to return. Documentation of discharge or reassignment will be required. Students returning from Military Leave of Absence will be permitted to participate in the advance registration period with other students with similar class standing as determined by number of credit hours earned. Students who will be unable to register during the advanced registration period for the semester they will be returning due to their military obligations should contact Veteran Services Coordinator for assistance. 

Students who are granted a Military Leave of Absence but do not register for classes within one year of the date of discharge or reassignment must file an Application for Readmission with the Registrar's Office in order to re-enroll. If a student is absent from campus for more than two academic years, changes to degree requirements may apply.

Military Honor Cords

In recognition of their military service, all graduating SUNY Oswego veterans and service members receive a red, white and blue honors cord to wear at their commencement ceremony. Cords are free of charge and can be picked up in the month preceding commencement from the Veteran Services Coordinator in 337 Sheldon Hall. Military service will be verified.

For additional information, please contact The Division of Extended Learning at 315.312.2270 or [email protected]

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The Veterans Club

The Veterans Club, an official chapter of the Student Veterans of America, provides a friendly and engaging environment to interact with those who may share many of the same struggles, excitement, concerns or interests. The organization aims to assist veterans in any way possible both on campus and in the local communities by focusing on academic and extra-curricular engagement activities. Without the formal structure of the military, the transition from soldier to civilian or soldier to student can be difficult. The Veterans Club aims to be there to assist in this transition by providing support, resources, activities and camaraderie for our returning military men and women and their family members or significant others. 

Staff Get In Touch

Veteran & Military Coordinator

Ken Cisson

VA Certifying Official
Financial Aid Office Staff

Jennie Hoffman


Division of Extended Learning

337 Sheldon Hall
Oswego, NY 13126


Phone: 315-312-2270
Email: [email protected]