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Veterans benefits: What we do

Thank you for your service. We will work with you and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help you navigate 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 reduce 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, with the exception of Yellow Ribbon funds from the VA, are treated like outside scholarships: they first reduce the amount of your student contribution before reducing your MIT Scholarship. 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 independent of parental financial support. Your financial need will be calculated according to your individual income and assets without regard to parents’ financial circumstances.

If a student reduces their course load resulting in reduced charges from MIT, the student’s financial aid, including VA benefits, would also 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.