Information on accessing the financial support available to veterans and their eligible dependents for education benefits.

Detailed information on accessing the financial support available to veterans and their eligible dependents for education benefits under the Chapter 33 Post-9/11, Chapter 35 Dependents’ Education Assistance (DEA) and Montgomery GI Bills®. Questions should be directed to

Apply for benefits

  • Go to the VA and apply using VA Form 22-1990, VA Form 22-1990E or VA Form 22-5490.
  • Once you have received your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA, submit your Certificate of Eligibility to Student Financial Services (SFS) via fax, mail, or email. If you are recently separated from the service, we accept a copy of your DD-214 in the interim.
  • Submit your Notification of Enrollment for Veteran's Benefits to SFS, via fax or .mail. We are unable to accept this form via email as it common for a VA File Number to be a social security number.
  • You may submit the Notification of Enrollment for Veteran’s Educational Benefits form first and send MIT your Certificate of Eligibility as soon as it becomes available.
  • The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and Notification of Enrollment for Veteran’s Educational Benefits only need to be submitted once, unless your degree level or chapter of benefits changes, or there is a significant gap in your enrollment.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to provide the required information regarding enrollment and allowable costs for each academic period for certified benefits. Students will receive an email at the start of each term requesting this information.
  • Contact the Certifying Officials at if there are any changes to your enrollment or allowable costs. A reduction in credit hours or net cost may result in a change of eligibility for benefits even after the funds are disbursed. Students are responsible for paying any MIT charges resulting from a change in enrollment, allowable costs, or VA eligibility.

Other information

  • The VA defines allowable costs as the total cost of tuition, student life, and health insurance (through MIT for the student only) less scholarships specifically for tuition, graduate tuition awards, graduate student life fee awards, graduate health insurance awards, and sponsorships.
  • The VA pays the benefits directly to the student about one to three months after the enrollment certification. Chapter 33 recipients (Post 9/11 GI Bill®) receive the book and basic allowance for housing (BAH) directly from the VA. The VA sends payment toward tuition and fees directly to MIT. Chapter 35 benefits are paid directly to students.
  • Because your total aid cannot exceed your financial need, VA benefits may affect your eligibility for other financial aid.
  • For enrollment certification purposes, 3 MIT units equals 1 VA credit (i.e. 48 MIT units = 16 VA credits).Units are not rounded up so if you are registered for 50 MIT units, you VA credit hours will be 16.6 VA credits.
  • Students studying abroad are not eligible to receive Veteran’s Educational Benefits.
  • Independent Activities Period (IAP)
    • Generally runs for 25 days in January.
    • No tuition is charged but some chapters  May be eligible for BAH.
    • Level of benefit for this period depends on a student's type of VA benefit. Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®) beneficiaries must be more than half-time (i.e. 3 VA credits of 9 MIT units). The BAH will be prorated by the percentage of attendance rounded up to the nearest 10% (i.e. 9 credits is 75% which becomes 80%) and then by percentage of entitlement.

The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the maximum private tuition allowance.  The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution.  More information at the Yellow Ribbon Program can be found at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Please contact us at with questions.


You must apply for your benefits under the GI bill and you must be entitled to receive 100% of the benefits payable under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® Program.  In addition, you must be enrolled in one of the following programs at MIT for the 2017-2018 academic year:

School/Program MIT Contribution Amount Max # of Students
Sloan School of Management $15,000 30 students
Urban Planning and Studies $7,500 2 students
Supply Chain Management $20,000 4 students


The awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.  The first eligible students in each school/program who apply for their benefits will receive the award.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program, you must submit to Student Financial Services:


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 Web site at