Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018


NOTE: A “Covered Individual” is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(e), Hostos Community College permits any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website – eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  • The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.

90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

Hostos Community College will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

To obtain assistance with this process or obtain information regarding the Veteran benefits, certification process, and other related matters you may contact:

SFC. Ricardo Garcia, US Army Retired Veterans Coordinator
Building D, Room D101 F
Telephone: (718) 319-7955

Email: rgarcia@hostos.cuny.edu / veterans@hostos.cuny.edu

In addition, you may also log on to www.cuny.edu/veterans for more additional education support services that CUNY offers.