Veterans Tuition Reimbursement

Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School:
Veterans GI Bill® Educational Benefits

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For the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff and in accordance with Rutgers' social distancing policies, the Winter 2021 session of our 2-Year Certificate Program and the 2021 session of our 3-Week Preparatory Course will be conducted online. Unfortunately, GI Bill® benefits cannot be used for our online sessions. Please contact Fran Koppell at 848-932-7471 or for more information.

Rutgers Gets High Ranks for Student Veterans Services

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From the Middle East to UK by way of Rutgers:
How One Veteran Trained to Be a Sports Turf Manager

The seeds of Eric Harshman's second career took root during his 12-year enlistment in the Indiana Air National Guard. That’s when he began helping out at his in-laws’ golf course, and discovered a passion for turf.

"I fell in love with it, working outdoors with my hands," recalled the former aircraft armament technician.

He did three tours of duty in the Middle East, loading aircraft with... Read more.

Jump Start Your Golf Turf Career at Rutgers:
Use Your GI Bill® Benefits to Cover Tuition!

Both our 3 Week and 2 Year Golf Turf Management Programs are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. For more information, please contact the VA School Certifying Official for the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE): Fran Koppell at 848-932-7471 or

How to Use Your Montgomery (Chapter 30) or Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits (Chapter 33)

  • Complete an application (

  • Print a copy before submitting the application, and send it to the OCPE VA School Certifying Official, Fran Koppell.

  • Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the OCPE VA School Certifying Official, Fran Koppell.

  • Submit a Request for Veteran Enrollment Certification Form for each class you wish to claim VA educational benefits.

How to Use Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program Benefits (Chapter 31)

  • Your VA Rehabilitation Case Manager must provide you with VA form 28-1905 (Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status). This form will detail the specific guidelines that the University must adhere to for credit approval, payment of tuition, and purchases of school supplies.

  • Submit a Request for Veteran Enrollment Certification Form for each class you wish to claim VA educational benefits.

  • It is the student's responsibility to self-identify as a Chapter 31 Veteran when purchasing books and supplies at the University's bookstores.

If you need additional assistance, please call the VA at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor or visit them on the web at

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 website at

Student Profile: Jennifer Torres

After serving in the military, Jennifer Torres enrolled in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School. Now, she is the golf course superintendent at Makefield Highlands Golf Club. Watch a video of Jennifer's story below.