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Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

Veteran Support Services

SUNY Potsdam welcomes all students with prior military Experience!

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Veteran Support Services is here to assist you with the transition from the military to College life.

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Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Program Liaison

Jeff Gerrish
Veteran Services Coordinator
Sisson 128C
Phone: (315) 267-3398
Fax: (315) 267-3268

Office Hours:

Thursday & Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


As a veteran, you are entitled to a variety of benefits that will help facilitate your pursuit of higher education at SUNY Potsdam.

  • To review your benefit options, please see: Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Parking Fee Waivers: Student must be a Veteran who has received an honorable discharge from their respective branch of military service. In order to receive a parking fee waiver, present a copy of your DD-214 to the University Police Office showing your honorable discharge.
  • Recreational Facilities Fee Waiver: Submit a copy of your DD-214 to Jeff Gerrish, Coordinator for Military, Veteran, and Adult Learners, Sisson 128C.
  • Possible credit for military training and experience. In order to have your military transcripts evaluated, please utilize the Joint Service Transcript website (Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps & Navy) or CCAF Transcript (Air Force) and have your transcripts sent to the SUNY Potsdam Admissions office.
  • Graduate Student Application Fee Waiver: Available to all military/veteran students and their dependents. Please select "pay later" when completing the online graduate application. You must then contact the office of graduate admissions, (315) 267-2165, to inform them of your military/veteran or dependent status. They will then waive the $50 application fee.

Official Enrollment Certification

The Student Success Center provides official enrollment certification for our veteran students who apply for VA educational benefits to Veterans Affairs Services. The SUNY Potsdam Certifying Official is not an employee of Veterans Affairs. The Certifying Official serves as an advocate for Potsdam veteran students, assisting them with certification issues.

All students requesting certification for VA education benefits (G.I.Bill) for enrollment at SUNY Potsdam must complete the Veterans Certification Request Form each Semester after registering for Potsdam classes.

View Certification Request Form (PDF)

Note: The Certification Request Form is a fillable PDF and can be downloaded using Adobe Reader if you are completing the form electronically. Download Adobe Reader Here

You can also print and submit the handwritten document if you don't want to fill it out electronically.

The form must be completed in full and submitted before certification for benefits will take place.

Please fax to completed form to (315) 267-3268 or mail to:

SUNY Potsdam
Attn: Jeffrey Gerrish, Sisson128C
44 Pierrepont Ave.
Potsdam, NY 13676

For information about the application process, please visit our Apply Now Webpage!

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jeffrey Gerrish

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jeffrey Gerrish is SUNY Potsdam’s coordinator for military, veteran and adult learners. He brings a wealth of both military and educational experience to the position, after 29 years in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard, and a career as a high school guidance counselor and assistant principal.

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