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Types of aid: 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:

VA benefits, like other outside scholarships, affect your financial aid by first reducing the amount of your student contribution.01 The amount you can reasonably be expected to contribute toward your own educational expenses. For undergraduates the student contribution is the summer earnings expectation and student employment during the academic year.   After that, it will reduce your MIT Scholarship.

Federal financial aid is not affected by the receipt of VA Benefits. Please note, as a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, you are considered an independent for the purposes of financial aid, and do not need to submit a parental tax return.⁠ If you wish to take out a loan, check out our loan page. back to text

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

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 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, three MIT units equal one 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 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

Service members are encouraged to contact their Educational Service Officer or command counselor prior to enrolling at the Institute.

 

  1. The amount you can reasonably be expected to contribute toward your own educational expenses. For undergraduates the student contribution is the summer earnings expectation and student employment during the academic year. back to text