Veterans

We are deeply committed to providing veterans with quality assistance and guidance throughout their academic career.

Change of Mission program

The Change of Mission Program helps veterans in transition from military service to a college setting. Sussex has proudly assisted veterans, activity duty personnel, and their dependents personnel with their education since 1982. 

We offer a network of support for our veterans!

The Veteran Services Office has a dedicated staff member who works personally with veterans to help them navigate and maximize VA benefits. A veteran himself, Jon Finocchiaro is our Veteran Services Coordinator, and is here to assist all veterans and their families.

  • Our Advising and Counseling Center provides a range of services from academic advising to free personal counseling.
  • The Office of the Bursar is dedicated to providing professional and quality service to the students, faculty, staff, parents and our community. They support the Veteran Services Office.
  • Our Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping all students take advantage of resources that may be available. We encourage our veterans, as well as the dependents of deceased or disabled veterans, to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to veteran benefits, veterans may also be eligible for federal student aid – Federal Pell Grant and Direct Student loan.
  • The Student Veteran Emergency Relief fund offers short term financial assistance to veterans and their families who experience financial hardship as a result of an emergency situation. Grants are provided on behalf of applicants who qualify. To apply to the SVER, or to find out more, please fill out an Application and contact the Veteran Services Office.
  • The Veteran Resource Center, located next to the Veteran Services office provides a quiet place to study and a one stop shop for information. Job postings, info about campus events and services like Disability Assistance and FREE tutoring, as well as Department of Veterans affairs policy, can all be found in the in the VRC.

What's my next Step?

If you are a veteran, dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran, or active duty military member, you may be eligible to receive monthly educational assistance from the Veterans Administration while enrolled at Sussex. In addition to assistance with GI benefits, we take pride in providing special personalized attention for all veterans and their families.

Step 1:  Apply for Admissions

On the Application under Admission Status please choose Veteran Student. Once admitted, you will receive an Official Letter and Email of Acceptance which will include your Student ID Number.

Step 2: Apply for VA Education Benefits

To apply for the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 1606 MGIB- SR or Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance- Education and Training, or to update your current education benefit, visit https://www.vets.gov/.

Step 3: Get your transcripts

>Official copies of military transcripts, or transcripts from prior institutions students have attended can be sent to the Registrar’s office at SCCC for evaluation. In order for VA Education Benefits to be certified, all prior transcripts must be on file at SCCC.

Step 4: Contact the Veterans Services Office

The Veterans Services Office provides a concierge service for veterans, dependents, and active duty service members to ensure students receive important information and connect with other offices and services on campus. 

In addition, the Veteran Services Coordinator serves as the Primary School Certifying Official for VA Education benefits, and the primary POC for Army Tuition Assistance. In order for a student to use their VA/DOD education benefits, they must connect with this office! Please contact Jon Finocchiaro at jfinocchiaro@sussex.edu or 973-300-2109 to get started!

Step 5: Take the College Placement Test

The College Placement Test (Accuplacer) will determine which classes are right for you. You will need your Student ID # to take the Placement Test. For questions, please call the Testing Center at 973-300-2242.

You do not need to take the Placement Test if you scored the following:

  • SAT and scored a 450 in Critical Reading and/or 500 in Math
  • ACT and scored a 23 in Math and/or a 23 in English
  • Submit your scores to jfliegel@sussex.edu 

The College Placement Test (Accuplacer) will determine which classes are right for you. You will need your Student ID # to take the Placement Test. For questions, please call the Testing Center at 973-300-2242.

Step 6: Apply for Financial Aid

Visit www.fafsa.gov to apply. The Sussex School Code is 025688. Once you complete the FAFSA and register for classes, call the Financial Aid Office at 973-300-2225 to determine your aid status.

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration logoStep 7: New students should Attend a SOAR Session

  • Attend a SOAR Session (Student Orientation, Advising & Registration) 
    Students will register for their first semester classes during a SOAR Session. 
    Please note: Placement Testing or proof of SAT scores is needed BEFORE signing up for SOAR.
  • Or Seek Advisement
    If you are unable to attend a SOAR, visit the Advising and Counseling Center to review your Placement Test results (or exemption documents) then plan your academic goals and objectives. Appointments are recommended, or call 973.300.2207.

Step 8: Register for classes

Students who attend SOAR will register during their session. If you did not attend a SOAR Session, register for classes at the Advising and Counseling Center. It is important that you follow your Program Check Sheet or Academic Plan.

Additional Steps for success

  • Get Your Student Photo ID: Stop by the Reception Desk in the Administration Building (B) during regular hours to have your photograph taken and get your Student ID card. You must bring your student schedule as proof of enrollment.
  • Activate your SCCC Online Tools: Once you are registered you will be issued a student email account and My Sussex login. Set up your student email immediately as important college information will be sent. My Sussex is the online student portal which will give you easy access to your schedule, grades, transcripts, financial aid and more.
  • Attend Orientation: Connect to our campus! Students are required to participate in the Fall/Spring Orientation that will help you begin your education at Sussex. This half day event is filled with a motivational speaker, meeting new classmates and getting to know our campus! Don’t miss it!
Veterans are honored at a ceremony and inducted into the Salute National Honor Society.
Veterans are honored at the annual Veterans Day service on campus.
The Military Appreciation game brings out fans to Skylands Stadium to cheer on the Skylanders.
Veterans are able to connect on campus and share a common bond.
Senator Cory Booker comes to campus to discuss veteran issues.
The annual Fish and Chips dinner supports the Veterans Emergency Relief Fund.