Veterans’ Benefits

New York Law School thanks our veterans for their service and sacrifices for our country. Throughout our 120-year history, we have made law study accessible to scores of men and women who are veterans of the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and National Guard and Reserves. Many veterans, active duty personnel, and dependents can qualify for more than one educational benefits program including:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)
  • Montgomery GI Bill® (MBIB, Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1067)
  • Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP, Chapter 32)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (Chapter 31)

To learn more about veterans’ educational benefits and to access benefits applications, please consult the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill® website.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, pays up to $20,235.02 per academic year for a private school, effective August 1, 2014. If you are entitled to 100 percent of Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits, you will receive $20,235.02 per year at New York Law School. If you are eligible for these benefits, but at a rate less than 100 percent, multiply that rate by $20,235.02 to find your annual benefit for tuition and fees.  For example, if you are entitled to 70 percent of the benefit, you would receive $14,164.51per year ($20,235.02 x 70%).  Information on eligibility, including rate tables and a benefits calculator, is provided on the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill® website.

The figures for 2015-2016 will be posted in August.

Yellow Ribbon Program at New York Law School

New York Law School proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to the GI Bill entitlement. Veterans Affairs (VA) will match that amount and issue payment directly to the Law School. At present, New York Law School will make an annual Yellow Ribbon Program award of up to $15,800. Thus, with VA’s matching contribution, such students can receive up to $31,600 toward tuition and fees after their Yellow Ribbon Benefits have been applied.

New York Law School Merit Scholarships

New York Law School considers all admission candidates for a merit scholarship award at the time of admission.  If admission is granted, and the candidate’s LSAT and undergraduate GPA are solidly above average for the entering class, a merit scholarship award is likely. The total amount of all funds from the Law School (NYLS merit scholarship and NYLS Yellow Ribbon Program contribution) may not exceed the cost of tuition and fees. No separate scholarship application is required. New York Law School students who rank in the top 15 percent of the first-year class will be invited to the Harlan Scholars Honors Program to begin in the second year. Those who began their studies with a merit scholarship will continue their awards, while those who did not receive a merit scholarship when admitted would receive a scholarship for participation in the Honors Program. You may find additional information on scholarships as well as the Harlan Scholars Program on the Harlan Scholars webpage.

Example of Benefits

New York Law School Cost of Attendance for Full-Time J.D. Student Living on Own (2014-2015)

Figures for 2015-2016 will be published in June.

Expense Cost
Tuition and Fees (actual) $49,240
Living and Personal Expenses (estimate) $23,591
Cost of Attendance $72,831

 

Financial Assistance (examples) Amount
Post-9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits $20,235.02
Yellow Ribbon Program NYLS Award $15,800
Yellow Ribbon Program VA Matching Award $15,800
Total Award Up to the total Cost of Tuition and Fees
Unmet Tuition and Fees Costs
Unmet Living and Personal Expenses $23,591
Total Unmet Expenses and Costs $23,591

Unmet costs and expenses can be paid through student loans or by seeking outside scholarship support. Two excellent, and free, online search engines can be found at Finaid.org and Fastweb.com.

For additional information about costs and financial aid, consult the Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Reserve Officers’ Training Program

New York Law School also participates on a limited basis with the U.S. Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC). Individuals seeking a commission in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard may participate in the ROTC program while attending New York Law School on a full time basis.

New York Law School Contacts

After applying for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from VA which indicates your eligibility.

Certificate of Enrollment
Use of Benefits at NYLS
Admissions and Financial Aid Information
Using Military Benefits at NYLS
Chantal Harris, School Officer
Office of the Registrar
212.431.2308
Jorge L. Rodriguez,
Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
212.431.2888
NYS Veterans Affairs Veteran’s Enrollment Data Form