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Veterans Can Now Find Smoother Transition From Soldier to Student at SUNY Rockland


DATE: July 23, 2008

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

(845) 574-4244



Veterans Can Now Find Smoother Transition From Soldier to Student at SUNY Rockland


Apply by May 1, 2009, to receive New York‘s Veteran Tuition Award


Suffern, NY - SUNY Rockland Community College provides expanded services to student veterans or their eligible family members.


Veterans considering enrolling can meet with the RCC Veterans Counselor who will identify all the federal and/or New York State educational benefits for which they may qualify. The counselor also guides them through the application process for those benefits, advises them about the related academic requirements and assists students in the resolution of problems associated with obtaining their benefits.


Among its other services, the Veterans Office plans to include campus veterans support groups to further enhance the transition process.


Recently, New York enhanced its veteran’s tuition award program by increasing the tuition benefits available to combat veterans equivalent to the approximate cost of SUNY’s undergraduate tuition. New York veterans need to apply by  May 1, 2009, to establish eligibility for the 2008-2009 academic year.


“After 25 years of serving my country as a jet engine technician for the Air National Guard, I knew it was time for a career change,” said George Rivera of Thiells, a 52-year-old returning adult student who earned his paralegal degree at the College earlier in December ’07.


Many veterans face physical, emotional or academic challenges when contemplating returning to college. “Frankly I was apprehensive,” admitted Rivera. “Could I handle it? Would it be over my head? After all, just working full time and being a single parent is demanding enough.”


Since he worked during the day, Rivera took his courses at night, during the summer and on the weekends. “The faculty and staff made my transition to becoming a student easier than I could have ever imagined.”


Veterans can enroll at the College either full- or part-time. SUNY Rockland offers the veteran the flexibility of evening, weekend and online courses as well as a nationally acclaimed honors program whose graduates transfer to Ivy League and other outstanding colleges.


This fall Rivera will begin earning a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies at Purchase College. Thanks to an agreement between Purchase and SUNY Rockland, he will be able to continue taking his courses on the SUNY Rockland campus.


For more information, contact Elissa Silverstein, Veterans Counselor, at 845-574-4403 or or visit:



Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality a price you can afford.

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