Services for Active Duty Military

If you're currently serving in the service and are weighing a college education in your future plans, we hope you will explore all that Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, offers and consider joining our community.

Military Leave Policy

If you are currently a Rutgers student and are called to active duty, review the Rutgers military leave policy for students and inform the registrar. We'll work to accommodate your schedule and stay in contact with you.

Veterans Education Benefits

If you're looking at Rutgers and are considering taking advantage of the education benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you will want to first ensure that the VA deems you eligible for those benefits and that it has your chosen course of study on an approved list.

Make sure you're eligible
The VA website states who is eligible for education benefits and the Veterans Online Application website also outlines the forms needed to support an initial application for those benefits.

For questions on the GI Bill, you can also call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

Make sure your program is approved
You should also check that the Rutgers program you're interested in has gained Veterans Affairs approval. If you seek to take courses at Rutgers but not as part of a degree program—in other words, as a nonmatriculating student—be especially careful that your course of study has been cleared by the VA.

Here's an inventory of programs offered by institutions of higher learning in New Jersey that have received approval. Rutgers programs are listed on pages 66 through 79; the length of that list illustrates the breadth of offerings at Rutgers. We grant degrees in more than 100 bachelor's programs.

Request a Care Package

2LT Joseph D. Grillo
2LT Joseph D. Grillo
shows off his Rutgers
banner in Baghdad, Iraq
On deployment abroad? You can request that Rutgers send a Rutgers banner and care package.

Send requests with overseas mailing information to University Relations. Please put "Rutgers Care Package Request" in the subject line.