Veteran Benefits

Military friendly school award logo for 2018-19 next to a benefit information packet for veterans and their families

Finger Lakes Community College recognizes the unique experience military service can give to you. There are many programs and resources specifically designed to help veterans achieve success in education - and in life.

Education Benefits

Post-9/11 GI Bill

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2001, and are an honorably discharged veteran, active duty military member, or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days of service, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. More information is available on the VA's Benefits Administration Post-9/11 GI Bill website.

Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. Visit the VA's Administration Montgomery GI Bill website for additional information.

For more information about applying for education benefits, visit

All veterans are also encouraged to apply for federal and state financial aid in addition to their veteran education benefits. For more information, visit FLCC's Applying for Financial Aid web page.

Education and Career Counseling

VA's Education and Career Counseling Program is a great opportunity for service members and veterans to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths, ensure the most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their employment goals.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

You may qualify for vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills. Other services may be provided to assist veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled. Visit the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment website for additional information.

GI Bill Comparison Tool

Use of the GI Bill Comparison Tool will allow you to:

  • Compare your benefit options
  • Choose the school that is right for you
  • Apply for your benefits
  • Find employment

Other Benefits

How to Get Started with the VA

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide range of benefits for the veterans of our country, service members, and their families. Benefits administered by the VA include:

  • Compensation and Pension
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  • Home Loans
  • Survivors Benefits
  • Life Insurance

For more information about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the services they offer, visit

Application for Benefits

Forms for a variety of benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be found at

Your Local Contacts

Jennie Erdle
Director of Student Life
Finger Lakes Community College
Room: 2120

Still have questions? We may be able to help.

Department of Veterans Affairs

Jenny Lopez, LMSW
VITAL Outreach Coordinator
Canandaigua VA Medical Center
(585) 393-8015

Joe Navarra, MSED
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
Canandaigua VA Medical Center
(585) 393-7137

Ontario County Veterans Service Agency

Jeremy M. Marshall
(585) 396-4185