The Student Veterans Organization serves as a support network for military veterans and their families. The association also provides a valuable resource for the college community and assists the administration in identifying the needs of current student veterans and prospective student veterans.
The Military Resource Center is dedicated to providing the services and resources you need to be successful in your academic pursuits.
Consider the Center as your one stop shop for learning the ins and outs of your GI Bill® Benefits, navigating systems of higher education, and finding community as your earn your degree.
We want you to walk away knowing all the programs and services available to you, and feel affirmed of your service. Stop by the Military Resource Center early and often, we're here to serve YOU.
Before you proceed to the Common App to apply to Rhode Island College, we recommend that you submit an Application for Military Students, which supports military students before you even enter college.
This application will assist:
- Connecting you to Veteran Services on campus
- Learning about the orientation program and how to tailor your experience
- Waive the $50 application fee
- If you have a Ch 33 or Ch 31 VA benefits, the $200 enrollment fee will be covered
- If you are using 1606, Ch 30, Ch 35, STAP or DAV waivers, you will be responsible for paying the enrollment deposit with the Bursar
Student veterans are encouraged to make an appointment or come by the Veteran Resource Center offices to ensure a smooth transition into the College.
Step 1: Activate Benefits & Apply for Admission
- Complete the application to activate your benefits
- Apply for admission to Rhode Island College / Submit a transfer application
- Send officials transcripts to the RIC Admissions office
* Note * Some previous military training could be evaluated for college credit, you could be awarded up to 4 traditional credits for standard military training time - contact the RIC Admissions office for more information.
Step 2: Enrollment & Certification of Benefits
- Once enrolled, all PBA students should contact their advisors located in the Oasis office to complete writing and math placements
- Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to RIC's VA Certifying Official
- Priority registration is offered to students using their military education benefits
Step 3: Financial Aid
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)
Step 4 Maintain Verification
- Make sure to verify your attendance every month with Chapters 30, 1606 and 1607 either over the phone at (877) 823-2378 or online
- If you enrollment changes, please contact RIC's VA Certifying Official immediately (this includes adding course, dropping courses, withdrawing or receiving incomplete grades)
* Note * Guard and Reserve Members - STAP waivers must be submitted to the Office of the Bursar.
If faculty or staff members have additional questions or need additional support for their veteran students, please contact our office.
- Advising Support
- VA Campus Toolkit
- Military to Civilian Transition
- Accommodating Student Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury or PTSD
- Serving Veterans: A Resource Guide
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
GI Bill® Certification Worksheet
Submit your certification workshops for the upcoming semester online. If you are a returning student. If you are a new student starting classes, please submit the First Time Student worksheet. RIC's VA Certifying Official will review and process your GI Bill® Certification Worksheet each semester.
Emergency financial assistance for Rhode Island College veterans funded by a grant from the RI Office of Veterans Affairs. Applications for the current 2020/21 funds are currently open.
Disabled veterans are eligible to receive free tuition at Rhode Island College. Eligibility includes being a veteran with 10-100% service-connected disability and a permanent resident of RI. Students must apply for use of financial aid first and all fees covered are tuition only.
Featured News & Stories
“I love my job,” says Micaela Black (left), Vetsuccess coordinator. “I feel like I’m giving back and truly saying to veterans, ‘Thank you for your service. What can I do to help you?’”
During a routine health screening, Sgt. First Class Amanda Weber was diagnosed with multiple traumatic brain injuries. After serving for 14 years in the Army, she was told she would have to retire. But the Army had been her life.
Forms and Resources
- Veterans Education Credits
- Priority Registration for Combat Veterans
- 2020-2021 Financial Aid Brochure
- VetSuccess on Campus
- GI Bill® Certification Worksheet for New Students
- Student Veteran Checklist
- MRC Career Exploration