• Veterans Services

    LaGuardia Community College is privileged to welcome veterans, reservists, military personnel and their families to our College community. We value your service, and we are here to help ease your transition from the military to college life.

  • Our Veterans Services team understand the unique challenges veterans face, and we arm students with the support and resources needed to meet their personal and academic goals.

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    We encourage you to visit our office in Room C-371 to:

    Learn more about VA benefits you are entitled to and how to access them.

      •  Meet with an advising team to assist with goal setting, academic planning, course selection, transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.

      •  Get access to educational resources— free tutoring, peer mentoring, wellness counseling, child care, etc.

      •  Explore civilian career options, career counseling and job search tools.

      •  Get referrals to community resources for basic needs.

      •  Learn about opportunities to advocate on issues that impact veteran students.

      •  Connect with other veterans at LaGuardia who share common experiences.

      Find out more about the CUNY Army ROTC program.

  • Freshman Student: No previous college/university/proprietary school

    Transfer Student:
    Attended a college/university/proprietary school in the United States


    Student Vet Checklist

    You're ready to go!

    If you have additional questions, please contact Veteran Services at 718-730-7590.

    Undergraduate applicants who are Veterans of the United States Military Service, currently on Active Duty or members of the National Guard or Reserves may obtain an application fee waiver by following a 3 easy steps.  Veterans are exempt from paying the commitment deposit.

    1. Complete an Admission Application to CUNY. After you submit your Admission Application, be sure to select the “PAY LATER” option on the payment options screen.

    2. Print your Application Summary Package.

    3. Send a request for a Veterans Fee Waiver via email to vetwaiver@cuny.edu with the following information:

    • Full Name (as listed on your Application Summary Package)
    • Date of birth
    • Application Control Number (ten-digit number beginning with a W that is listed on your Application Summary Package)
    • Indicate whether you are a Freshman or Transfer applicant
    • Indicate the semester for which you have applied (e.g., Fall 2011)
    • Attach proof of your Veteran/Military status (e.g., DD-214, Current Military ID Card, or Deployment or Pre-separation orders)*
    • Include“Veterans Fee Waiver Request” in the subject line of your email

      * To fax or mail proof of your Veteran/Military status, please send to:

      ATTN: Veterans Fee Waiver Request (include applicant’s e-mail address)

      CUNY Welcome Center
      217 East 42nd Street
      New York, NY 10017
      ATTN: Veterans Fee Waiver Request

    If you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, a spouse or child, you may be eligible for veterans' education benefits. Each veteran must read, understand, and comply with the many rules, regulations, and procedures that influence the benefit process. Learn about your eligibility for these benefits at the Veterans Administration GI Bill ® website or contact the college's Veterans Services Room in C-371.

    Military Transfer Credit

    Veterans enrolled in degree programs (matriculated) who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military may qualify for unrestricted elective credit.  The veteran must have been in active duty service for more than 90 days and must have completed at least one semester at LaGuardia with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.  Unrestrictive elective credits will be awarded based on length of active service according to the following scale:

    • Less than 3 months = none
    • 3 months through 12 months = 2
    • 12 months through 24 months = 4
    • 25 months or more = 6

    Veterans who qualify under the above mentioned guidelines should present Form DD214 to Room C-107, for review. 

    Returning From / Leaving for Active Duty

    LaGuardia supports students who are called away to duty during their college career and enables them to seamlessly resume their studies as soon as they are able to do so.

    Students considering a leave of absence should speak to their advisor or visit Veteran Services in Room C-371. Students who are called to active duty in the armed forces of the United States after having attended regularly for 13 or more weeks or having completed 85% of the term’s work through acceleration may be given full credit for each course in which he or she has a grade of C or better.

    The student must follow the college’s policy on incomplete course work, and sign an incomplete contract with the instructor. The normal regulations apply, and grades will be recorded as failures if courses are not completed.


    Students called to active duty who do not meet attendance requirements sufficient to earn a grade are entitled to a 100% refund of tuition and fees, except application fees. For students who enlist in the military, the amount of the refund depends upon whether the withdrawal is before the 5th week of classes. Students withdrawing prior to the beginning of the 5th week (3rd week in the Summer Session/Winter Session) are entitled to 100% refund of tuition and all fees except application fees. Students withdrawing after the 5th week (or the 3rd week for Summer Session/Winter Session) are entitled to a 50% refund of tuition and fees.  Review the academic calendar for more info.

    Re-Enrollment of Veterans

    Veterans that are returning students are given preference in the following ways:

    • Readmission in a probationary or non-degree status will be granted to the veteran who is a former student with an unsatisfactory academic record.
    • Upon their return from active duty, veterans may register even after normal registration periods end, without late fees or other penalties.
    • Veterans who are matriculating students may apply to earn up to 18 credits for United States Armed Forces Institute courses in which they have passed final exams, and for other military education and training.
    • Veterans returning too late to register may audit classes without charge.

    Late Admissions

    Veterans with no previous college experience are permitted to file applications up to the end of registration, and are allowed to begin classes pending completion of their application and provision of supporting documents.

    Readmission Fee

    Upon return from military service, a student will not be charged a readmission fee to register at the same college.

    Continuing Students

    Please contact Daryl Griffin at 718-730-7587.

    Battle Buddy Center
    A Battle Buddy Center, located in Room C-371, is a safe haven for quiet study where student veterans can get away from the hustle and bustle of campus, socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need.

    Veterans Club
    Veterans Club is a great way to make friends and integrate into campus life. The club is open to current veteran students and other members of the LaGuardia community who would like to support veterans and their families. The club meets every Wednesday during club hours from 2:15 PM – 4:45 PM. For more info, visit the Campus Life office in Room M-115 or contact 718-730-7590.

    Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education (PROVE)
    PROVE program helps student veterans by assisting their transition from military service to college life and beyond. Student veterans receive support from a team of student veteran mentors, graduate social work interns and social work field instructors who help vets navigate the world of GI benefits and connect to resources to achieve their academic goals.

    Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership (VITAL)
    VITAL program helps student veterans maximize their unique strengths, skills and life experiences as they develop and translate their interests and talents into the academic setting. Through the VITAL program veterans can receive support to include; Free tutoring and peer mentoring; VA Work Study opportunities; Assistance with enrollment and care at VA New York Harbor Healthcare system.

    Veteran Services Resource Center
    C-Building, Room 371

    Daryl Griffin

    Room C-371A


    Edward Arredondo

    School Certifying Officer
    Room C-371C