Information about educational benefits provided through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be found at http://www.gibill.va.gov/. There are several different education programs available, each with a unique set of criteria that must be met. The Veterans Administration will determine each individual's eligibility to receive benefits.
The Veterans Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar provides enrollment certification for the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure receipt of educational benefits by eligible students. The Registrar's Office is located in the Main College Building, C116. Students needing enrollment certification by the Registrar should contact Sharon Noonan at 617-521-2107.
Student Financial Services manages the Post-9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33 and the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Post-9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable within the 15 years following release from active duty. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.
Eligible students should apply through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in order to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. A copy of the Certificate of Eligibility must be provided to Student Financial Services. Applications can be completed online at http://www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/ or by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.
Simmons College participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. This program was launched as a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Act of 2008. Simmons College has committed to this program as a means of assistance for qualified undergraduate and graduate students. The Yellow Ribbon program allows degree-granting private colleges and universities in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the annual maximum cap for the resident tuition and fees at public institutions. Veterans who are utilizing Post-9/11 GI Benefits and who are entitled to 100% of their benefit may be eligible. To participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, you must be using Post-9/11 GI benefits at 100% eligibility, not on active duty and not a military spouse.
There are a limited number of Yellow Ribbon awards available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Please contact Student Financial Services for more information about this program.
Other Types of Veterans' Benefits
Students eligible to receive educational benefits through programs not specifically mentioned here should review the VA's GI Bill website for more information on how to receive those benefits.
Persons eligible for Chapters 30 (Montgomery GI Bill) or REAP benefits may qualify and elect to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For more information, please visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits_resources/benefit_comparison_tools.html.
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