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Office for Veteran's Services

Eric Farina, Director of Veteran's Affairs
Laffin hall, Room 202
(631) 794-6168
farinaed@farmingdale.edu

Application Process for Veterans

Step 1.   Apply Now to Farmingdale State College and follow the instructions. You will need to pay a non-refundable $50 application fee.  You will need to provide direct deposit information at the time of application. For any admissions related questions contact admissions@farmingdale.edu  Immediately after you submit your SUNY application, apply for GI Bill benefits at VONAPP (online veterans Application).

In several weeks you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA stating what percentage of benefits to which you are entitled. 

Step 2.  All veterans should apply for Financial Aid . If you apply for FAFSA you may get more aid than you think. However, this could take up to eight weeks so apply as soon as possible.

Step 3. All veterans go to Student Accounts well before the payment deadline and let them know what percentage of benefits you are entitled to. Student Accounts is located in Laffin Hall room 226. If you get less than 100% of GI Bill benefits and you are an OIF/OEF vet, you can fill in the gap for tuition with the NY state VTA. They will not pay the BAH difference though.

Step 4. After acceptance to the school bring your VA Certificate of Eligibility, which authorizes you to receive benefits, to the Registrar's office Certifying Official. Then fill out a Blue card with the classes you want to take and submit it to the Registrar.

Step 4A. If you are a transfer student who previously used the GI Bill, fill out a VA form 22-1995 which can you can find at VA forms and fax it to 631-420-2275.

Step 5. The first time recipient should receive their benefits in six to eight weeks. Continuing students should receive their benefits within a week to ten days from certification. You must take 12 credits or more to receive your full benefits, including tuition, fees and your housing allowance.

Veterans of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps may obtain their military transcripts through the Joint Service Transcripts from the Department of Defense at Jst.doded.mil/smart/signin.do. Air Force veterans must contact the Community College of the Air Force(CCAF) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama

Additional Benefits

 If you are a vet of OIF/OEF you are entitled to the NY State Veterans Tuition Award (VTA). The VTA will cover 98% of your tuition only (Not BAH Payments) for 4 yrs of undergrad and 3 yrs of grad school. You must be in a matriculating program though. The GI Bill will pick up the other 2% of tuition as well as fees+book stipend+BAH. If you are not an overseas vet, the VA urges you to apply for Financial Aid.

 If you are a member in good standing of the reserve components of the Marines, Navy or Coast Guard, you will be eligible for state aid for tuition through the NY State Naval Militia. You will also be able to utilize CHAPTER 1606 of the GO Bill simultaneously. For more information call the veterans office or go to http://dmna.ny.gove/nynm/?=id=education.

 Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard are entitled to the same benefits under the Recruit Incentive Retention Program (RIRP). Follow the link to get more information. http://dmna.ny.gov/education/?page=rirp

 Furthermore, visit the VA's vocational rehabilitation program  site. It is designed to help veterans with service-connected disabilities become employed, maintain employment or achieve independence in daily living. 

Call to Active Duty

If you are in the reserves or National Guard and are called to active duty, in order to incur no financial liability, you must do the following, if the mobilization occurs after the first week of classes.

Obtain a Semester course withdrawal form from the Registrar's office and give it to your curriculum advisor for signature if you are matriculated in a program in addition to a Course withdrawal form for EACH course for which you are registered. Return these two completed forms to the Certifying Official in the located in the Registrar's Office in Laffin 225 along with a copy of your Mobilization orders.

If you are absent for only one semester no official notice is required upon your return.   If you are absent for more than one semester you must apply for readmission. Please contact admissions at 631-420-2200 or e-mail at admissions@farmingdale.edu.  

Free Services to veterans

  • Intent to enroll fee waived

  • Vehicle parking fee waived

  • Orientation fee waived

  • Housing deposit waived

  • Fitness center fee waived

  • Priority room reservation

  • Health and wellness center free (except for lab tests)


Office Phone Number E-mail Address

Veterans Affairs
Registrars Office
Student Accounts
Student Veterans of America

 

631-794-6168
420-2776
420-2560
866-320-3826

Additional Contacts at the college

 We are committed to helping our nation's veterans receive the benefits they have earned through their service.

VA Contact Information

Buffalo VA Regional Office (mailing address for filing GI Bill Claims)
130 South Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo NY 14202
Tel: 1(888) 442-4551

New York State Division of Veterans Affairs
Bureau of Veterans Education

5 Empire State Plaza, 28th floor
Albany, NY 12223-1551
Tel: (518) 474-7606

Nassau County Veterans Service Agency
1425 Old Country Rd, Building H
Plainview, NY 11803
Tel: (516) 572-8452

Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency
H. Lee Dennison Executive Office Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Tel: (631) 853-VETS

Important Links:

Personal services for Veterans and their families

The Soldiers Project is a community based FREE and CONFIDENTIAL mental health service providing personalized care to veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq and their families. To receive a consultation call 516-284-7531 or e-mail them at longisland@thesoldiersproject.org

Like the Soldiers Project, The Rosen Center provides the families of the military and law enforcement free mental health counseling in the realm of personal, pediatric and couple counseling. They however are located only at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset. http://northshorelij.com/hospitals/location/florence-robert-family-wellness.

The Saddle Rock Ranch in Coram has offered its therapeutic services to those with mental and physical handicaps for years. They are now expanding their services to veterans. They offer free horseback riding to veterans and families. Follow their link to learn more. http://www.familyres.org/services/saddle-rock-ranch.html.

To fill in the gaps that might exist in the area of social services for veterans and families, the United Veterans Beacon House http://www.uvbh.com/ and Suffolk United Veterans http://www.scuv.org/ provide a host of services on a personal level.

As a partner with veterans in the Long Island region, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health care system is offering a link to veterans with the NS-LIJ community of hospitals in all aspects of employment. Opportunities range from Health care to security to personnel to IT specialties. They now have an email address where interested veterans can send their resumes directly. The address is: veteran@nshs.edu. This is for veterans only! Your point of contact is USAF veteran and Veteran Program Specialist Bernadette Ann Fackovec.

Her contact info is:
North Shore-LIJ
1991 Marcus Ave, Suite 310
Lake Success, NY 11042
P | 516.472.6069
F | 516.876.5756
bfackovec@nshs.edu

PSEG Long Island values the work ethics and technical skills learned through your military experience. We want you to consider a rewarding career with PSEG Long Island. Please visit us at our website www.pseg.com/careers and be sure to search jobs by key word PSEGLI. Discover the broad range of opportunities available to you here at PSEG Long Island?and here in a state that is a great place to work, live and play. Your point of contact is Heidi Brown Training and Staff Support Clerk. PSEG is proud to be an EEO/AA employer, including race, gender, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

For further information, go to the Veterans Information full site

The Veterans Affairs Office employs a number of work study students, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, this office will help the applicant navigate the admissions, registration and financial aid process.  This office is the primary point of contact for all applicants interested in attending Farmingdale State College. Furthermore, once a veteran reaches their senior year, the office of veterans affairs will also provide assistance in the search for a career after graduation. 

The veterans club meets on Tuesdays during the fall and spring semesters in the Veterans lounge. Feel free to access the Veterans club facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FarmingdaleVeteransClub?fref=ts

As a Veterans and Military friendly school, Farmingdale State College takes pride in its compliance with President Obama's Principles of Excellence as outlined in Executive Order 13607.

Farmingdale State College does not have any ROTC detachments on campus. However, we do participate in the cross-town program with several colleges in the New York area.

Hofstra University ARMY http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/MILSCI/index.html
St. John's University ARMY http://armyrotc.com/edu/nystjohns/index.htm
SUNY Maritime NAVY/USMC nrotc@sunymaritime.edu
Fordham University ARMY http://www.fordham.edu/academics/special_programs/army_rotc_ram_battal/
Manhattan College AIR FORCE http://home.manhattan.edu/~afrotc/new/

Application Process for Veterans

Step 1.   Apply Now to Farmingdale State College and follow the instructions. You will need to pay a non-refundable $50 application fee.  You will need to provide direct deposit information at the time of application. For any admissions related questions contact admissions@farmingdale.edu  Immediately after you submit your SUNY application, apply for GI Bill benefits at VONAPP (online veterans Application).

In several weeks you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA stating what percentage of benefits to which you are entitled. 

Step 2.  All veterans should apply for Financial Aid . If you apply for FAFSA you may get more aid than you think. However, this could take up to eight weeks so apply as soon as possible.

Step 3. All veterans go to Student Accounts well before the payment deadline and let them know what percentage of benefits you are entitled to. Student Accounts is located in Laffin Hall room 226. If you get less than 100% of GI Bill benefits and you are an OIF/OEF vet, you can fill in the gap for tuition with the NY state VTA. They will not pay the BAH difference though.

Step 4. After acceptance to the school bring your VA Certificate of Eligibility, which authorizes you to receive benefits, to the Registrar's office Certifying Official. Then fill out a Blue card with the classes you want to take and submit it to the Registrar.

Step 4A. If you are a transfer student who previously used the GI Bill, fill out a VA form 22-1995 which can you can find at VA forms and fax it to 631-420-2275.

Step 5. The first time recipient should receive their benefits in six to eight weeks. Continuing students should receive their benefits within a week to ten days from certification. You must take 12 credits or more to receive your full benefits, including tuition, fees and your housing allowance.

Veterans of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps may obtain their military transcripts through the Joint Service Transcripts from the Department of Defense at Jst.doded.mil/smart/signin.do. Air Force veterans must contact the Community College of the Air Force(CCAF) at Maxwell AFB, Alabama

Additional Benefits

If you are a vet of OIF/OEF you are entitled to the NY State Veterans Tuition Award (VTA). The VTA will cover 98% of your tuition only (Not BAH Payments) for 4 yrs of undergrad and 3 yrs of grad school. Visit the Veterans Tuition Awards page for more information. You must be in a matriculating program though. The GI Bill will pick up the other 2% of tuition as well as fees+book stipend+BAH. If you are not an overseas vet, the VA urges you to apply for Financial Aid.

Furthermore, visit the VA's vocational rehabilitation program  site. It is designed to help veterans with service-connected disabilities become employed, maintain employment or achieve independence in daily living. 

If you are a member in good standing of the reserve components of the Marines, Navy or Coast Guard, you will be eligible for state aid for tuition through the NY State Naval Militia. You will also be able to utilize CHAPTER 1606 of the GI Bill simultaneously. For more information call the veterans office or go to http://dmna.ny.gov/nynm/?id=education

Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard are entitled to the same benefits under the Recruit Incentive Retention Program (RIRP). Follow the link to get more information. http://dmna.ny.gov/education/?page=rirp

Call to Active Duty

If you are in the reserves or National Guard and are called to active duty, in order to incur no financial liability, you must do the following, if the mobilization occurs after the first week of classes.

Obtain a Semester course withdrawal form from the Registrar's office and give it to your curriculum advisor for signature if you are matriculated in a program in addition to a Course withdrawal form for EACH course for which you are registered. Return these two completed forms to the Certifying Official in the located in the Registrar's Office in Laffin 225 along with a copy of your Mobilization orders.

If you are absent for only one semester no official notice is required upon your return.   If you are absent for more than one semester you must apply for readmission. Please contact admissions at 631-420-2200 or e-mail at admissions@farmingdale.edu.  

Free Services to veterans
  • Intent to enroll fee waived

  • Vehicle parking fee waived

  • Orientation fee waived

  • Housing deposit waived

  • Fitness center fee waived

  • Priority room reservation

  • Health and wellness center free (except for lab tests)

Important offices and phone numbers
Office Phone Number E-mail Address

Veterans Affairs
Registrars Office
Student Accounts
Student Veterans of America

 

631-794-6168
420-2776
420-2560
866-320-3826
Additional Contacts at the college

 We are committed to helping our nation's veterans receive the benefits they have earned through their service.

VA Contact Information

Buffalo VA Regional Office (mailing address for filing GI Bill Claims)
130 South Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo NY 14202
Tel: 1(888) 442-4551

New York State Division of Veterans Affairs
Bureau of Veterans Education

5 Empire State Plaza, 28th floor
Albany, NY 12223-1551
Tel: (518) 474-7606

Nassau County Veterans Service Agency
1425 Old Country Rd, Building H
Plainview, NY 11803
Tel: (516) 572-8452

Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency
H. Lee Dennison Executive Office Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Tel: (631) 853-VETS

Important Links
Personal services for Veterans and their families

The Soldiers Project is a community based FREE and CONFIDENTIAL mental health service providing personalized care to veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq and their families. To receive a consultation call 516-284-7531 or e-mail them at longisland@thesoldiersproject.org

Like The Soldiers Project, The Rosen Center provides the families of military and law enforcement free mental health counseling in the realm of personal, pediatric and couples counseling. They however are located only at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset. http://www.northshorelij.com/hospitals/location/florence-robert-rosen-family-wellness

The Saddle Rock Ranch in Coram has offered its therapeutic services to those with mental and physical handicaps for years. They are now expanding their services to veterans. They offer free horseback riding to veterans and their families. Follow their link to learn more. http://www.familyres.org/services/saddle-rock-ranch.html

To fill in the gaps that might exist in the area of social services for veterans and families, the United Veterans Beacon House http://www.uvbh.com/ and Suffolk County United Veterans http://www.scuv.org/ provide a host of services on a personal level.

As a partner with veterans in the Long Island region, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health care system is offering a link to veterans with the NS-LIJ community of hospitals in all aspects of employment. Opportunities range from Health care to security to personnel to IT specialties. They now have an email address where interested veterans can send their resumes directly. The address is: veteran@nshs.edu. This is for veterans only! Your point of contact is USAF veteran and Veteran Program Specialist Bernadette Ann Fackovec.

Her contact info is:
North Shore-LIJ
1991 Marcus Ave, Suite 310
Lake Success, NY 11042
P | 516.472.6069
F | 516.876.5756
bfackovec@nshs.edu

PSEG Long Island values the work ethics and technical skills learned through your military experience. We want you to consider a rewarding career with PSEG Long Island. Please visit us at our website www.pseg.com/careers and be sure to search jobs by key word PSEGLI. Discover the broad range of opportunities available to you here at PSEG Long Island?and here in a state that is a great place to work, live and play. Your point of contact is Heidi Brown Training and Staff Support Clerk. PSEG is proud to be an EEO/AA employer, including race, gender, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Eric Farina, Director of Veteran's Affairs
Laffin hall, Room 202
(631) 794-6168
farinaed@farmingdale.edu

Eric Farina is the Director of Veteran's Services at Farmingdale State College. His office is in Laffin hall, room 202. Eric was a public school teacher for eight years in Atlanta before returning to Long Island.  He has taught as an adjunct professor in history at Suffolk Community College's Ammerman campus in Selden.  He holds a BA in history from Long Island University and an MA in military history from American Public University.  He has a total of ten years military service in all components of the US Army: Active, Reserve, National Guard and The Active Guard-Reserve program. In his last position he served for three years as the full-time Training NCO for Company B, 69th Infantry at the Huntington Station armory.

See Eric Farina featured on Newsday.com, February 15, 2014:
Vet groups on college campuses ease transition