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Veterans Resources

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces play an integral part in the student life, academic endeavors, and intellectual accomplishments of the School of Professional Studies and Columbia University as a whole. 

The School of Professional Studies is a proud participant of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. The scope of benefits provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program helps make a traditional Columbia education accessible to eligible veterans, regardless of socioeconomic status, who wish to pursue a rigorous graduate degree program.

The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)

The School of Professional Studies participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, an initiative authorized by the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (the Post-9/11 GI Bill®) in which educational institutions provide eligible student veterans with a tuition waiver or grant matched by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This has a value amount of $9,000.00. This program supplements the base educational benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as state and local government, offers additional educational assistance programs for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents.

Additional Programs for Veterans

Based on the time and length of service, as well as current status, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible for additional educational assistance programs offered by federal, state, and local government. For more information, please visit Columbia’s Military and Veteran Affairs website.

Veteran Student Groups and Affiliations

U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University (MilVets)


President: Rachel Ballew

Columbia Veterans


Additional Groups

Other campus groups and initiatives include Columbia University Military Veterans in the Arts (CUMVITA) Women Veterans initiatives, MedVets (veteran postbacs and those interested in premed), Family Support (CUFSN), LGBTQA+ (GS Alliance), a wide range of graduate school veteran student groups, and more. If you wish to be connected to these groups, or start your own, please email Senior Assistant gsveterans [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu (Dean David Keefe).

Contact Information

Columbia University
School of Professional Studies
Office of Student Life and Alumni Relations
203 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-0419
Fax: 212-854-4101
sps-studentaffairs [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu (sps-studentaffairs[at]columbia[dot]edu)

Office of Military and Veterans Affairs
210 Kent Hall, Mail Code 9203
1140 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-3161
Fax: 212-854-2818
Email: veterans [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu

Columbia University
Attn: VA Certifying Official
(Eric Halperin)
202 Kent Hall, MC 9206
1150 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
vets-certification [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu (veterans[at]columbia[dot]edu)

For general information about veteran affairs at Columbia, please visit Columbia’s Military and Veteran Affairs website.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at