Erie Community College has had thousands of veterans and their dependents enroll in degree and certificate programs approved by the New York State Education Department Bureau of Veterans Education. Students who will be attending the college using veterans’ benefits should keep the following in mind:
- Applications and information on Veterans’ Education Assistance, tutorial services, or work study opportunities may be obtained at one of the campus Veterans’ Affairs Offices.
- Veterans should contact the campus Financial Aid Office for information on other grants for which they may be eligible in addition to veterans’ benefits.
- College certificate programs are approved on an individual basis under the restrictions of PL93-508. Veterans considering enrolling in one of the certificate programs should consult the campus Veterans’ Affairs Office before registration.
The Veterans Coordinators at each campus evaluate military transfer credits using the ACE guide (American Counsel on Education). This guide is put out by the federal government, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and educators from colleges around the country. If you are enrolled in a program at ECC, you may be eligible for transfer credits for your MOSs or technical schools taken in the service.
Service Members Opportunity College
Erie Community College has been designated as an institutional member of Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of more than 400 Colleges and Universities. As a SOC member, ECC recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences. SOC has been developed jointly by educational representatives of each of the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and a consortium of 13 leading national higher education associations. It is sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC).
Erie Community College has also been designated as a participating institution in the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP). Individuals entering the military service can receive a preliminary acceptance to the college and be guaranteed a space upon their discharge from active service. Information on both these programs can be obtained by contacting a Veterans Affairs Counselor located at each campus.