Veterans Services


Selecting a Major

If you are undecided on what degree or career path to select, you can find great insight through our Career Coach resources where you can explore your interests through Focus2 and the programs that SUNY Erie offers to help you make that decision.


View the Admissions section for information on applying to the College as a military affiliated student. Here you’ll find a step-by-step process to select your degree plan, submit your transcripts, and information on academic assessment requirements.

Military Transfer Credit

SUNY Erie offers transfer credit for military service. For Army, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard you can submit your Official military transcripts by going to the Joint Services Transcript website. Air Force members should go to the Air University website to have their Community College of the Air Force transcripts sent to the college for evaluation.

Federal and State Military Benefits

SUNY Erie is authorized to process both Federal and NY State Veterans benefits, as well as Military Tuition Assistance, dependent scholarships, and offer SUNY Erie Foundation scholarships. For more information on what benefits are available contact the Veterans Services Offices, review the GI Bill® website, the NYS Veterans Education page or contact our Financial Aid Office for additional information. For information on the different scholarships SUNY Erie offers please visit the SUNY Erie Foundation scholarships.

Needed Paperwork

We will need certain paperwork to process your benefits.

Needed each semester:

This paperwork must be submitted each semester in order for SUNY Erie to process your request for benefits. 

SUNY Erie ensures educational access for its military affiliated student population. To that end, military affiliated students are not limited in any way to classroom activities, registration of courses, or access to library materials or other College facilities due to any delays in VA, NYS Veterans, or Military Tuition funds disbursements. 

SUNY Erie does not require veteran students to use federal loan programs to cover any past due tuition charges due to a delayed VA, NYS Veterans, or Military Tuition funds disbursement.

No late fees are assessed to any military student at SUNY Erie with full benefits funding, whether due to delayed disbursement funding from VA, NYS Veterans, or Military Tuition funds.

Beginning October 2021, the Montgomery GI Bill® (Ch30), Post 9-11 GI Bill® (Ch33), and the Montgomery GI Selected Reserve Bill® (Ch1606) require that you verify attendance monthly. You can do this through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website or by calling 1-888-442-4551.

Success Multiplier

There may be times at SUNY Erie when you need a Success Multiplier to help you. We offer tutoring for every subject offered at SUNY Erie, both in person and virtually. Sometimes tutoring just isn’t enough, that is where our Student Access Centers who can connect you with study and time management techniques, and in some cases adaptive technologies can help improve your ability to succeed. You can get information on these Success Multipliers through the Veterans Services Offices or via the links provided.

SUNY Erie also partners with many Community Based Organizations to support the success of our military affiliated students.

The Western New York Veterans One Stop
(716) 898-0110

VA Hospital
(716) 862-3117

Buffalo Vet Center
(716) 862-7350

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 press 1
Confidential chat online or text 838255

Veterans Administration Buffalo Regional Office
130 S. Elmwood 

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Veterans Achievement Medal

The SUNY ERIE Veterans Achievement Medal is awarded to one graduate at the college’s Annual Commencement ceremony. Students may be nominated by an ECC faculty member, department chair, administrator or a Dean of Students; students may self-nominate. Visit Veterans Achievement Medal for more info, including criteria and procedures.

Commencement 2018 Military Awardee


ROTC LogoMilitary Science (ROTC) Program

The Golden Griffin Battalion Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program develops leadership skills that last a lifetime. Whether your goal is to serve as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, or simply gain valuable, hands-on leadership training that will set you apart from the rest in the civilian job market, ROTC can help you to meet and achieve that goal.

Learn More about ROTC at SUNY Erie

Contact Us

We are your new unit, and we want you to succeed and walk across the stage wearing your Red, White, and Blue Military cord at Commencement. You can connect with us with any questions or needed guidance.

For more information:
Dan Frontera, South Campus
Room 3118
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
(716) 851-1832
The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 requires educational institutions to make certain disclosures to students using federal military and/or VA educational benefits. To view and print a copy of an estimated personalized cost of attendance you can visit the SUNY Net Price Cost Calculator and select SUNY Erie Community College from the dropdown. Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator website.
The SUNY Financial Aid Plan (FAP) will provide a more in-depth analysis and accurate picture of student cost once the student has filed their FAFSA, completed a SUNY application, and has been accepted by a campus.