Obtaining Benefits

The Academic Advisement Center (AAC) oversees Chapter 30 (Montgomery), 31 (Voc Rehab), 35 (Dependents' Assistance), 33 (post-9-11), and 1606/1607 (reserves) educational benefits. The Veterans' Certifying Official (VCO) is located in Academic Advisement.

  • The billing manager (BM) in Student Accounts assists with the above and oversees other veterans' benefits ( VA TAP, NYS Child of Veteran Awards, GoArmyEd, and DMNA. ).
  • If you are using any other benefits, you usually obtain those directly through your recruiter/unit.


File your FAFSA to be eligible for other forms of state and federal grants and loans.


The VCO/BM of the benefit you receive is responsible for verifying your attendance to VA each semester. The VCO/BM also maintains records and reporting documentation to the VA of your major, the number of credits you are enrolled in, the grades earned each term, and your academic standing.

Your Responsibility- IMPORTANT!

  • Provide all necessary documentation and maintain contact with the VCO/BM regarding enrollment status
  • Notify the VCO/BM immediately if a class is dropped or added or there is a change to your major.

New students

Provide the VCO with the information needed to process your VA enrollment the first time:

  1. Provide the VCO with a copy of your application for VA benefits (first time recipient) or Change of Place of Training/Change of Program application (continuing recipients who are new to Oneonta or have changed majors).
  2. Apply online through https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/#modal
  3. Print out a copy of what you submit or send a copy electronically to the VCO.
  4. Provide the VCO with your Certificate of Eligibility. After you apply for benefits, you will receive a letter from VA verifying you are eligible for benefits, which type of benefit you are approved for, at what level you are approved, and for how long (verification of eligibility).
    1. If benefits have been transferred to you (Chapter 33), the VCO needs a copy of the letter identifying the benefits have been transferred.
    2. If you are the dependent of a vet receiving Chapter 35, the VCO needs a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility and the social security number of the vet
    3. If you have been discharged, we need a copy of your DD-214.
  5. Attend an orientation session and register for courses

The VCO cannot verify your attendance until all the above paperwork is received AND you are enrolled in courses AND a bill has been generated.

  • CHAPTER 33 (post 9-11): Tuition and fee payments come directly from VA to the College. Living expenses/book stipends (if eligible) come to the recipient.
  • CHAPTERS 30, 31, 35, and 1606/1607 are paid directly to the recipient.
  • DMNA is paid to the school at the end of the term.

Please note: It can take VA 4-8 weeks to process the enrollment verification and remit funds. Plan your finances accordingly!

Contact Kelly Pinter in Student Accounts if you wish to request a deferral on your tuition bill. She will help you determine if and how much can be deferred.

240 Netzer Administration Building
phone: 607-436-2682
email: Kelly.Pinter@oneonta.edu


Veterans Benefits Certifying Official (VCO)

Eileen McClafferty
Director of Academic Advisement / VA Certifying Official (VCO)
107 Netzer Administration Building, SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: (607) 436-3390
Fax: (607) 436-3392


Kelly Pinter
Billing Manager/Alternate VA Payments & Deferrals
240 Netzer Administration Building
Phone: (607) 436-2682
Fax: (607) 436-2660

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You served with honor and you’re ready to further your education and skills. If you qualify, apply for VA education and training benefits online, in person, or request an application over the phone.

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