Veteran Education Benefits

Veteran education benefits are available to eligible full or part-time Cornell students or employees who are active duty or reserve military personnel, veterans, or in some cases, the child or spouse of a veteran. To determine eligibility, complete the online Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990).

VA Benefits Request Form

To request the use of VA Education Benefits at Cornell, students must complete the VA Benefits Request Form to the beginning of each academic year. To complete the form, students must have applied for VA Education Benefits and have a recent Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or have access to the VA’s eBenefits system. Additionally, students must have an active Cornell NetID.

In-State Tuition

Effective Fall 2018, any student eligible to receive veteran education benefits who is enrolled in one of the contract colleges or schools at Cornell University (Agriculture and Life Sciences, Human Ecology, Industrial and Labor Relations, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, or Veterinary Medicine) will be assessed in-state tuition.

Students must demonstrate their eligibility to receive VA benefits but they are not required to utilize them. This policy applies to veterans who are eligible under their own entitlement for VA benefits and students who are dependents of veterans and have had benefits transferred to their name. A current COE and request for in-state residency review must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar via the VA Benefits Request Form prior to the beginning of each academic year. 

In-state tuition rates will continue to be assessed as long as:

  • Students remain enrolled in one of the four contract colleges in the same degree seeking program for which they are currently receiving benefits.
  • Students taking a leave of absence from one of the four contract colleges returns from the leave to the same college by the agreed upon semester.

In-state tuition would be terminated if:

  • The veteran education benefits are transferred to another student or the benefit expires.
  • The student transfers to an endowed college.
  • The student graduates from an undergraduate college and then matriculates into any graduate or professional program. If the student matriculates into the College of Veterinary Medicine, the in-state tuition rate will be re-evaluated based on the student’s veteran education benefit eligibility.


Veterans Benefits FAQ


Additional Resources

If you have general questions concerning veteran education benefits, please visit the VA's website. Contact a VA benefits counselor for a specific question about a current claim.

If you have specific concerns about your certification at Cornell, contact Cornell's School Certifying Official (SCO) via email at

Cornell's Military Community: Web Portal

Veterans at Cornell: Web Portal

Undergraduate Veterans Admissions: Undergraduate Admissions

Student Veterans: Graduate School

Veterans at Johnson: SC Johnson School of Business

Veterans and Military Personnel: Working at Cornell