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Military Veterans

I am currently in or a veteran of the United States Military. Can I use veterans benefits at HGSE?

Yes. More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the Veterans Affairs website.

Does HGSE participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

HGSE is a proud participant of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program supplements veterans who are eligible for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. In academic year 2019-2020 HGSE provides a grant to meet the remaining tuition balance for eligible Yellow Ribbon program veterans and the VA will match this grant. Learn more about veterans' education benefits at Harvard and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my military benefits at HGSE?

Prospective students are welcome to contact the HGSE Admissions Office. Admitted and current students utilizing Veterans Education Benerfits at HGSE should contact Shawn Bennett, the Associate Director of Financial Aid. 

Does Harvard University have student or alumni veterans organizations?

Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization (HVAO) was founded in 2006 to maintain a network of living Harvard Veterans, to promote a sense of community, friendship and mutual activities. HVAO also researches, organizes and publishes historical information relating to Harvard Veterans, in coordination with the University Archives.

What are my benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) and the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon Program supplements veterans who are eligible for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Learn more about veterans education benefits at Harvard and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

An overview of the Chapter 33/Yellow Ribbon Benefits at HGSE 2019-2020 (for 100% benefits-eligible students)

Benefits are determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and awarded based on eligibility.

  • Up to $24,479 per academic year for tuition paid directly to their Harvard Graduate School of Education account.
  • Your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs website.
  • HGSE will provide a Yellow Ribbon Award for eligible Yellow Ribbon program veterans and the VA will match this grant. The VA tuition benefit plus VA and HGSE Yellow Ribbon funding will meet the full cost of tuition and fees for the academic year. 
  • Eligible veterans may receive up to $55,050 per year of tuition and fee coverage (a maximum $24,479 VA tuition benefit + $15,285 VA Yellow Ribbon Award + $15,285 HGSE Yellow Ribbon Award).

Note: Although Chapter 33 VA Benefits are most commonly used at HGSE, other VA benefits – such as Chapter 30, 31, 35, 1606, or 1607 – may also be used here.