New Student Checklist


2023- 24 Academic Year


  • To qualify for deferred tuition payments, please provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214 to the Columbia Office of Military & Veterans Affairs (OMVA).
    In person to 210 Kent Hall
    Scan and email to [email protected]
    Fax to (212) 854-2818
  • If you don’t have this document – please visit 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. Please note: Block week courses must be certified separately and the VA will only issue MHA for the days enrolled. Noncredit bearing courses cannot be certified for educational benefits.
    • Notify OMVA if you intend to utilize Chapter 31: Veterans Readiness and Employment formerly known as 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 due date listed on the E-Bill 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.


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: [email protected]