Military/Veteran Affiliated Services

At Ringling College of Art and Design, we are proud to serve veterans and active military members. The Military Affiliated Services department is committed to providing the information and services needed for students using, or looking to use, VA educational benefits. The department assists with charting the transition from military life, and help promote the student’s knowledge of resources, self-growth, and connections.

Military Affiliated Services can help students and their families in many ways, including help with applying for benefits, providing information on how VA education benefits and the college processes work together, and connecting students with college resources such as advising, counseling services, and financial aid resources.

The College offers U.S. veterans and their dependents the opportunity to expand their artistic abilities while using their GI Bill education benefits to help fund their educational goals. The GI Bill is a collection of benefit programs designed to help veterans and active-duty members of the military earn an education. The program also enables some family members of veterans to receive financial assistance to help with their schooling or professional training.

The College also participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program which provides additional financial assistance to veterans and dependents who qualify for 100% of Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits. Ringling College provides Yellow Ribbon scholarship assistance in the amount of $5,000, which is matched by the VA for a total of $10,000 for the year.

To be considered for the GI Bill programs, students are required to provide a copy of their VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and complete a request for certification form with the College’s VA School Certifying Official in the Office of Advising, Records, and Registration.

The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020

The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 requires educational institutions to make certain disclosures to students using federal military and/or VA educational benefits. Ringling College emails new incoming students estimated award notices. Returning students can view award notices in NetPartner when logged into their account. Students may access a personalized VA tuition and yellow ribbon financial plan by contacting your VA Certification and Readmission Specialist. Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator site.

Contact the Ringling College’s VA Certifying Official at vabenefits@ringling.edu for details.

Visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website.

Click on the links, “Apply for Education Benefits’’ and follow the step-by-step instructions. It takes approximately six to eight weeks to receive the certificate of eligibility or authorization form from the VA.

For information about pay or remaining eligibility, contact the VA at 1-888-GIBill1 (1-888-442-4551).

To begin using VA education benefits at Ringling College:

  1. Apply for admission to the College
  2. Contact Ringling’s Military Affiliated Services Department
  3. Email your Certificate of Eligibility
  4. Complete a request for certification form (required each semester)

The Veteran’s Club is a student-led campus organization that promotes the camaraderie of all former and actively serving veterans from across the world. The club shares stories internally and externally through art and outreach within the campus and local community and its veteran populace, highlighting artwork, service, and our community’s heroes.



War Paint: Profiles of Courage
Each November, Ringling College presents War Paint: Profiles of Courage, the annual exhibition featuring portraits of local veterans created by students and faculty in a variety of mediums. This exhibition was created as a tribute to the stories of military members who have served and those currently serving in the military. The images tell stories from WWll, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and current serving troops, that will enrich the Ringling College community for years to come.


Lisa Goss
Veteran Affairs Certification and Readmission Specialist & School Certifying Official

Ulla Searing Student Center, second floor
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234




Director of Library Services


Claire Powell

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian





Alexandra Vargas-Minor

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)



Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Assistant Circulation Manager)  



Assistant Circulation Manager


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant 


Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

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2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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