Veteran's Flags

You Served. We Honor.

Suffolk County Community College has a long history of assisting veterans not only in maximizing their benefits, but also in supporting a successful transition to college life and achieving their educational and personal goals. Suffolk embraces the leadership skills and many other unique qualities military service members bring to our institution. With Veterans’ Clubs on each of our three campuses our student Veterans play a vital role in our tri-campus community.

With a wide variety of programs: associate degrees and shorter-term certificates in many career and transfer programs as well as extensive workforce training and development programs, SCCC stands ready to serve our returning Veterans.

Here are some more key points on how choosing SCCC will benefit you:

  • Reasonable tuition: As a unit of the State University of New York (SUNY), our tuition cost falls within the guidelines for the tuition cost cap established by the VA
  • Although we are the largest multi-campus community college in SUNY, we offer small class sizes
  • In-state tuition rates for all Veterans
  • Liberal withdrawal policy for military activations and deployments
  • Tuition Payment Plan fee waived for Veterans
  • Workforce training: Through our Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (AMTC) you can receive immediate training, gain national credentials and work-ready skills in areas including advanced welding, machining, quality control, mechanical assembly, blueprint reading and more

Your service to our country is greatly appreciated!

Enrollment Process

  • Apply to the College – Apply Online
  • Online Application for the VA Educational Benefit (first-time applicants)
  • For questions about your benefits or information regarding resources on campus for student veterans please contact us at:

Veterans Resource Centers
(631) 451-4456

Ammerman – Southampton Building Room 126 – Elyse Quirk, quirke@sunysuffolk.edu
Michael J. Grant – Caumsett Hall Room 109 – Jamie Aridas, aridasj@sunysuffolk.edu
Eastern – Peconic Building Room 221

College Director of Veterans Affairs – Shannon O’Neill – (631) 451-4869, oneills@sunysuffolk.edu

The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

  • This program is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.

Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty (Chapter 30)

  • This program provides 36 months of educational benefits.

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606)

  • This program is for members of the Reserves or National Guard and can be used for a degree or certificate program.

Survivors and Dependent
Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
(Chapter 35)

  • Offers educational and training opportunities for eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently or totally disabled due to service related injury or are deceased. Program offers up to 45 months of educational benefits.

Work Study Program

  • Available to any student receiving VA Educational Benefits and enrolled at least three-quarter time. Positions can be at the institution, the VA Office or at any approved State Employment Office.

For questions about your benefits or information regarding resources on campus for student veterans please contact us at:

Veterans Resource Centers
(631) 451-4456

Ammerman – Southampton Building Room 126 – Elyse Quirk, quirke@sunysuffolk.edu
Michael J. Grant – Caumsett Hall Room 109 – Jamie Aridas, aridasj@sunysuffolk.edu
Eastern – Peconic Building Room 221

College Director of Veterans Affairs – Shannon O’Neill – (631) 451-4869, oneills@sunysuffolk.edu

More information and assistance for these programs can be found under the Applying for Benefits tab above or by calling the VA at (888) 442-4551 or visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web site. 

Students who plan to attend Suffolk County Community College while receiving any type of Veterans Education Benefits should follow the steps outlined below.

    1. As a part of the admissions process, veterans should submit a copy of their Joint Service Transcript (JST) to the Central Admissions Office.  This can be done electronically by visiting https://jst.doded.mil/.  This will be used to determine the number of credits that will be transferred to SCCC. If you served in the Air Force, please request a copy of your official transcript be sent to Central Records by visiting the following website.
    2. Once you have applied for admission to SCCC, you should then file the appropriate Application for Education Benefits Form (as indicated below) with the Vets.gov.
    3. In addition to applying for your VA benefits, you will also need to submit a Veteran Student Status Form to your campus Registrar's Office every semester upon registration so that the VA can process your payments. Please bring this form in person to your campus Registrar's Office.

      Once you receive your bill for tuition and fees for the semester, you may request a payment deferral (if needed) by paying the cost of 3 credits, with the balance due by mid-semester.

      Go to Printable Certification Form

Related Information

Veterans may apply for financial assistance through the campus Financial Aid Office in addition to receiving Veterans Education Benefits.

Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress each semester in order to remain eligible for payments. The VA will not pay for:

      • courses you audit
      • courses for which you receive a W grade
      • courses you repeat if you have already received a passing grade (i.e., A, B, C or D) in that course [however, you may repeat a course previously failed]
      • courses that are not a part of your degree requirements

For questions about your benefits or information regarding resources on campus for student veterans please contact us at:

Ammerman – Southampton Building Room 126 – Elyse Quirk, quirke@sunysuffolk.edu
Michael J. Grant – Caumsett Hall Room 109 – Jamie Aridas, aridasj@sunysuffolk.edu
Eastern – Peconic Building Room 221

College Director of Veterans Affairs – Shannon O’Neill – (631) 451-4869, oneills@sunysuffolk.edu

Additional Information and Programs of Interest

This 136 hour course provides an opportunity for American Welding Society (AWS) certification and is eligible for certification under VA Educational Benefits as Non College Degree Program (NCD)