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Veterans benefits: How to apply for benefits

Before you begin

You will want to check that your intended major is eligible for VA benefits. (Most programs are!) Visit the VA WEAMS Institution Search, enter “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” and visit the “Programs” tab.

Apply for Benefits

Follow the guidelines for your specific VA educational benefit.

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:

      617.648.9968

  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,01 Tuition, student life fee, and/or health insurance are certified each semester after Add Date. You can expect to see these applied to your MITSIS account 2–3 months after the start of term. Housing and/or book stipends are certified each semester after Registration Day. These stipends will be sent from the VA directly to you approximately 2–8 weeks after the start of 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. Certifying Officials can’t complete this step on your behalf.
    • 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.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Yellow Ribbon does not require a separate application. As a reminder, students must qualify for 100% of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in order to be eligible for Yellow Ribbon funds. Upon enrollment at MIT, you can designate whether or not you would like to be certified for Yellow Ribbon benefits on MIT’s Initial Notification of Enrollment form.

Transfer of Entitlement

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.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance (DEA) (Chapter 35) & Fry Scholarship

  1. Go to the VA website and apply using their online application for dependents.
  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:

      617.648.9968

  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,02 Tuition, student life fee, and/or health insurance are certified each semester after Add Date. You can expect to see these applied to your MITSIS account 2–3 months after the start of term. Housing and/or book stipends are certified each semester after Registration Day. These stipends will be sent from the VA directly to you approximately 2–8 weeks after the start of term.   you will receive a confirmation email from us containing your CertID. You will need to keep this for your records.

Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) (Chapter 31)

You can apply online for VR&E benefits through the VA. Three quick questions will determine your eligibility. Learn more about the program on the VA website.

 

  1. Tuition, student life fee, and/or health insurance are certified each semester after Add Date. You can expect to see these applied to your MITSIS account 2–3 months after the start of term. Housing and/or book stipends are certified each semester after Registration Day. These stipends will be sent from the VA directly to you approximately 2–8 weeks after the start of term. back to text
  2. Tuition, student life fee, and/or health insurance are certified each semester after Add Date. You can expect to see these applied to your MITSIS account 2–3 months after the start of term. Housing and/or book stipends are certified each semester after Registration Day. These stipends will be sent from the VA directly to you approximately 2–8 weeks after the start of term. back to text