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Veterans and Military Members

Herkimer College recognizes and thanks our military veterans, active duty military members, and their families for their contributions and sacrifices for our country and community.  We strive to provide the best possible service to this unique segment of our student population and to insure that students are properly certified to receive benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill and the military branch’s tuition assistance programs.

Veterans eligible for VA educational benefits should first contact our Veteran’s Benefits Coordinator, John Lasher, to complete a Veterans Data Sheet.  Our Benefits Coordinator will certify your enrollment through the Veterans Administration website.  For further information on the veterans benefits certification, please visit:
Veterans Benefits at Herkimer College

All veterans matriculated in a degree program are strongly encouraged to apply for all other federal and state financial aid programs by completing the FAFSA at

Students deemed eligible for veteran’s benefits should contact the Assistant Bursar, Aaron Alford, to discuss their student bill.  The Student Accounts Office will defer payment of tuition and fees based upon your eligibility for benefits.  It is understood that there is often a delay between the due date of student bills and receipt of veteran’s benefits, and Herkimer College will coordinate a payment plan with students in anticipation of these benefits.

For detailed information regarding VA Educational Benefits, please visit:

Military members who are utilizing tuition assistance through their branch of the service are responsible to submit all necessary information through their branch’s education benefits system to establish their benefit.  If using tuition assistance, please notify Aaron Alford in the Student Accounts Office.  The Student Accounts Office will certify your enrollment and submit an invoice to your tuition assistance plan.  Tuition will be deferred pending receipt of payment from your tuition assistance plan.