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Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP - Chapter 32)

VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985;
  • Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987;
  • Voluntarily contributed from $25 to $2700;
  • Completed your first period of service; and
  • Were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • If you are currently on active duty and wish to receive VEAP benefits, you must have at least 3 months of contributions available.

Contributions may be withdrawn if you do not meet the basic eligibility requirements or if you formally request a refund of the contributions withheld.

Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.

Veterans Online Application

Applying for your VA Benefits

New! Visit the Veterans Online Application

There, you will find the "Road Map for Success":

  • Step 1: Determine your best Benefit
  • Step 2: Collect Your Paperwork and Information
  • Step 3: Choosing a School
  • Step 4: Compare the Programs
  • Step 5: Apply

NOTE: Whether you choose to apply online or by sending a paper application through the mail, we recommend following the Road Map above. In addition to the steps outlined above, you will also need to submit some paperwork to Excelsior College.

Paperwork required by Excelsior College

Financial aid counselor for veterans

Email: vafa@excelsior.edu

Application, degree planning, or enrollment assistance

Toll free: 888-647-2388, ext. 22

Email: admissions@excelsior.edu

Veteran Services and Outreach at Excelsior:

Email: jreed@excelsior.edu

Phone: 518-464-8678

Fax: 518-464-8777

Mail:

Veterans Services and Outreach
Excelsior College
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159

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