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Guide to resources: Graduate veterans benefits

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:

If you have questions about how your educational benefits combine with financial aid, please contact us at va@mit.edu or 617.258.8600.

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. Please note that, at MIT, the Yellow Ribbon Program only applies to graduate students, not undergraduates.

Eligibility

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 2019–2020 academic year:

School/program MIT contribution amount Max # of students
AeroAstro $12,500 3 students
Sloan School of Management $15,000 30 students
Supply Chain Management $20,000 5 students
System Design Management (SDM) $20,000 1 student

Awarding

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.