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Military Veterans

Please note: the Admissions Office will be closed from Friday, December 21, 2018, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019, for the school-wide winter break.

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 2017-2018 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. Contact Shawn Bennett, our Associate Director of Financial Aid, is the contact for all admitted and current students utilizing Veterans Education Benefits at HGSE.

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 2017-2018 (for 100% benefits-eligible students)

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

  • Up to $22,805 per academic year for tuition paid directly to their Harvard Graduate School of Education account.
  • Approximately $3,060 monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for eligible veterans (awarded by the DOD).
  • 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 will receive up to $51,088 per year of tuition and fee coverage (a maximum $22,805 VA tuition benefit + $14,141 VA Yellow Ribbon Award + $14,141 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.