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Types of aid: Veterans benefits

Thank you for your service. We work with you and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help you manage the financial support benefits you are eligible to receive.

What we do

Our role at Student Financial Services is to certify educational benefits available to veterans of the United States military. These include:

VA benefits, like other outside scholarships, affect your financial aid by first reducing the amount of self-help01 The first $3,400 of your financial need is designated as self-help. This is separate from your summer earnings expectation, and you can do this through a combination of term-time work, outside scholarships and grants, or student loans.   and student contribution02 The amount that a student can reasonably be expected to contribute toward his or her own educational expenses. For undergraduates the student contribution is the summer earnings expectation, unless the student has significant prior year income and assets.   money an MIT Scholarship recipient is expected to contribute to their education. After that, it will reduce your MIT Scholarship.

Federal financial aid is not affected by the receipt of VA Benefits. If you wish to take out a loan, loans, check out our loan page.

If you are a veteran and have questions about how your educational benefits interact with MIT’s 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) from the VA, you will need to submit it to us via fax or mail 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 SFS.
  • Submit your Notification of Enrollment for Veteran’s Benefits via mail or fax at 617.648.9968. We are unable to accept this form via email as it common for a VA File Number to be a Social Security Number.
  • For enrollment certification purposes, three MIT units equals 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, you 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 be certified. The questionnaire will be sent to your MIT email address before the start of each term.

 

  1. The first $3,400 of your financial need is designated as self-help. This is separate from your summer earnings expectation, and you can do this through a combination of term-time work, outside scholarships and grants, or student loans. back to text
  2. The amount that a student can reasonably be expected to contribute toward his or her own educational expenses. For undergraduates the student contribution is the summer earnings expectation, unless the student has significant prior year income and assets. back to text