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Veterans benefits: How to apply for benefits

If you know you are eligible for benefits and have determined which program (or programs) you wish to apply for, please follow these steps for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, the Montgomery GI Bill, or the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve.

  1. Go to the VA website and apply using their online application.
  2. Once you have received your Certificate of Eligibility (COE), you will need to submit it to us by mail or fax as soon as it becomes available. VA benefits cannot be certified until the official COE is received by our office.
  3. Submit your Initial Notification of Enrollment for Veteran’s Benefits to us by mail or fax. We are unable to accept this form via email as it is common for a VA file number to be a Social Security Number. This form is only required to be submitted once unless you are changing programs.
    1. When mailing your form, please send it to the following address:

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      Student Financial Services
      Attn: MIT School Certifying Official
      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 11-120

    2. Or you can fax it to our office:


  4. Complete your required veteran questionnaire. The questionnaire will be sent to your MIT email address before the start of each term.
  5. Receive your CertID from MIT. Once your benefits have been certified for the term, you will receive a confirmation email from us containing your CertID. You will need to keep this for your records.

Monthly verification of enrollment with the VA

If you are using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, including receiving a Monthly Housing Allowance, you are required to verify your enrollment with the VA every month to continue receiving your benefits. This requirement is in addition to submitting the Initial Notification of Enrollment for Veteran’s Benefits form to SFS.

  1. Please visit the VA website for more information on the specific steps required to verify your monthly enrollment.
    • You must submit your monthly enrollment verification yourself. School Certifying Officials cannot complete this step on behalf of veteran students.
    • Please note: The VA’s monthly enrollment verification is only required of students receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, including a Monthly Housing Allowance, and does not apply to other benefit programs, such as the Montgomery GI Bill, Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance, Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program, or the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship.

Transferred benefits

From a spouse or parent: If your spouse or parent has transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to you, you will need to apply for a Transfer of Entitlement (TOE).

To a spouse or parent: When a spouse or dependent is applying for educational benefits, they will need to apply under Chapter 35 Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance (DEA).