The University of Massachusetts Amherst strives to support veterans, active-duty members of the U.S. Military, and their family members through federal Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Educational Benefit Programs that provide them resources for their academic success. Eligibility criteria and benefits vary. You may contact the VA Office at 888-442-4551 to discuss your eligibility.
To Receive Your Educational VA Benefits
- You must be a degree-seeking student (matriculated into an approved degree or approved certificate program) in order to receive these benefits.
- Complete the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP).
- Once the VA has processed and approved your application, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from their office.
- Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to: Lynn Gates, Veterans Benefits Certification Manager, Office of the Bursar. Scan to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to Attn: Lynn Gates at 413 545-2297.
- The Certificate of Eligibility will allow us to verify your enrollment to the VA. Mandatory Tuition and Fees will be reported after the add drop period.
Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
Many of the veterans studying at UMass Amherst are using the benefits of the Post 9/11 (Chapter 33). Depending on your length of service this benefit pays anywhere from 40% - 100% of mandatory tuition and fees directly to the University. You are responsible for any remaining non-mandatory tuition and fees, such as the Enrollment Fee, Housing, Meal Plans, Child Care, Mass Pirg and the OIT Residential Services Fee.
For non-declared majors: You have two semesters to use your benefit without declaring a major. Once you declare a major or should you change your major, notify the Certification Manager, Lynn Gates at email@example.com.
- The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for those who served at least 30 consecutive days on active duty after September 10, 2001
Yellow Ribbon Program
UMass Amherst is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program is a subset of the Post 9/11 benefit. Students must be 100% eligible for Post 9/11 and be an out-of-state resident. The VA and UMass will split the mandatory cost of your out-of-state mandatory tuition and fees. To participate, complete the Yellow Ribbon Application form and fax it to the number provided on the application. Yellow Ribbon may be transferred along with Post 9/11 benefit to a dependent or spouse.
- The Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon program is for qualified Post-911 applicants.
Summer and Winter Sessions
Notify the Certification Manager, Lynn Gates at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are enrolled in classes and wish to use your benefits. This will not happen automatically.
National Guard Waivers
The National Guard Waiver is available Fall and Spring semesters. A student must be an active member of the Massachusetts National Guard in good standing and has not exceeded 130 semester credit hours maximum when combined with Certificate of Eligibility (100% tuition waiver), prior to September 1, 2006. The National Guard Waiver is available Fall and Spring semesters.
- Must be a member in good standing of the National Guard
- Must be accepted for admission on a full time or part-time basis in an undergraduate degree-granting program.
- Must submit a copy of your approval form from your military unit to the Bursar’s Office.
- Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process’ and restrictions. Required: copy of the Tuition Assistance Authorization form for the course, signed by an authorized military official.
You may be eligible for these other educational benefits
- The Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30) - for those who enlisted after 7/1/1985(Chapter 1606 and 1607) - part of the GI Bill effective 7/1/1985
- The Montgomery GI Bill – Selective Reserve (Chapter 1606)
- The Montgomery GI Bill – Reservist Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)
- The Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31) for disabled veterans approved by the Veteran’s Affairs for study at UMass Amherst
- The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35) - for the spouse and children of deceased or disabled veterans