In recognition of the men and women in uniform who have served and continue to serve our country, Russell Sage College is dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of programs, support services and advocacy for veterans, active military personnel and their family members.

Applying for Benefits

For Chapters 30, 33*, 1606 and 1607, apply for VA Education Benefits by completing VA Form 22-1990. Applying electronically is faster, but if you prefer a paper application refer to the VA Forms and Resources at the bottom of this page.

For Chapter 35, you must complete VA Form 22-5490. If you prefer a paper application, refer to the VA Forms and Resources at the bottom of this page.

For Chapter 31, you must complete VA Form 22-1900. However, it is advised that you speak with a VA rehabilitation counselor first. To learn more or to apply for Chapter 31 benefits in New York state, call 800-827-1000.

What to Send to Russell Sage College’s VA Certifying Official

  • copy of your completed application for Veteran education benefits
  • copy of DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
  • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), if you are in the Reserves
  • Certificate of Eligibility (issued by the Buffalo Regional VA office once a determination on your eligibility is made)

To find out what education benefits you qualify for and an application for VA benefits, visit GI Bill®. The office of Student Services at Russell Sage College certifies Veterans Benefits.

For further information about scholarships and awards for veterans and to apply, visit the Higher Education Services Corporation’s Military Corner. For questions, call 888-697-4372 or email [email protected].

Other Resources


  • VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Education Benefits – Active Duty and Reserves)
  • VA Form 22-1995 (Request for Change of VA Education Program or Place of Training)
  • VA Form 22-5490 (Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance)
  • VA Form 22-5495 (Dependent’s Request for Change of Program or Place of Training)