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Veterans benefits: What we do

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.

As a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, you may be eligible for benefits that can significantly aid in your costs to attend MIT. You may also find that you qualify for more than one of the VA educational benefits. These programs have different benefits packages and eligibility requirements. In some instances, once you make a decision it may be irrevocable, so you’ll want to understand your eligibility fully before you make a final choice. We’re here to help.

All VA benefits, like other outside scholarships, will first be applied to reduce the amount of your student contribution. For undergraduates, the student contribution is the summer earnings expectation and student employment during the academic year. After that, any additional money received from your VA benefit will then be used to reduce your MIT Scholarship.

As a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, you are considered an independent for the purposes of federal financial aid, and do not need to submit a parental tax return when you fill out the FAFSA.

If a student reduces their course load the contributions from the school and VA would be reduced.

If you have questions about how your VA educational benefits combine with financial aid, please contact us at or 617.258.8600. You can also visit our FAQ page, where we have a category specifically for questions about veterans’ benefits.