Thank you for your service. We work with you and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help you manage the financial support benefits you are eligible to receive.
What we do
Our role is to certify educational benefits available to veterans of the United States military, including:
- Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)
- Dependent’s Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
- Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30 & 1606)
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)
- The Yellow Ribbon Program, about which see more immediately below
If you have questions about how your educational benefits combine with financial aid, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.258.8600.
How veterans benefits work
MIT administers veterans benefits, including Chapter 33 or Post 9/11 VA benefits, much like other external funding sources such as fellowships or scholarships, and thus, the same policies apply. Funding received from these benefits may affect your financial aid by first reducing the amount of your student contribution if applicable. After that, it may reduce the amount of any MIT department funding received, such as a Research Assistantship, Teaching Assistantship, and/or fellowship (external or MIT internal) to bring the total funding received in line with a department’s standard funding rate. Each graduate program has their own funding policies, so be sure to contact your department’s graduate administrator for more details.
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.
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 the following program at MIT for the 2021–2022 academic year:
|School/program||Degree level||Max school contribution|
|School of Architecture and Planning||Masters||$15,000|
|School of Engineering||Masters||$15,000|
|School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences||Masters||$15,000|
|School of Science||Masters||$15,000|
|Sloan School of Management||Masters*||$20,000|
|Schwarzman College of Computing||Masters||$15,000|
*Limited to 30 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 the following to Student Financial Services:
- Copy of Certificate of Eligibility from the VA showing “100% of the benefits payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program”
- Notification of Enrollment for Veteran’s Educational Benefits
To apply for benefits follow the steps below:
- Go to the VA website 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), you will need to submit it by mail or fax as soon as soon as it becomes available. If you are recently separated from the service, we accept a copy of your DD-214 in the interim, but VA benefits cannot be certified until the official COE is received by the Student Financial Services office.
- Submit your Notification of Enrollment for Veteran’s Benefits by mail or fax at 617.648.9968. We are unable to accept this form via email as it is common for a VA file number to be a Social Security Number.
- For enrollment certification purposes, 3 MIT units equal 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, your VA credit hours will be 16.6 VA credits.
- The VA pays the tuition benefits directly to MIT one to three months after the term certification has been submitted to the VA. 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.
- We require all VA students to complete a veteran questionnaire each term in order for benefits to be certified. The questionnaire will be sent to your MIT email address before the start of each term.
Active duty military
Tuition Assistance (TA) is a military benefit for individuals who are still serving. Each branch of the service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process, and restrictions.
How to apply
1. Complete the appropriate application following the instructions for your particular military branch.
- For Army, Army Reserves, and Army National Guard applications, please visit the Go Army Ed.
- For Air National Guard applications, please visit the AI Portal.
- For all other branches, please contact the Student Financial Services office at email@example.com.
2. When your TA is approved, please reach out to us to complete the process.