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Frequently Asked Questions

Which degree/certificate programs can I use VA Benefits towards?
In order to use Veteran Education Benefits towards a program, the program must be listed on WEAMS (Web Enabled Approval Management System)
https://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do
If the program is not listed, it has not been approved by the VA for education benefits.

 

How do I apply to UMASS Amherst’s undergraduate degree programs?
For the on-campus undergraduate programs:
On-campus UMASS Admissions for Active Military and Veterans

For the online undergraduate programs:
UWW/University+ Admissions for Active Military and Veterans
 

 

How do I use VA Education Benefits?
Please apply for your VA Education Benefits on the va.gov website. It may take the VA up to 30 days to review your application. Once approved, the VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Please email a PDF copy of your COE to vetbenefits@umass.edu.
Refer to the Education Benefits Process tab for the types of VA Benefits.

 

How do I use my VA Education Benefits for a semester?
Once we have your COE on file, To use your VA Education Benefits, please complete the required Certification Request Form.

 

What is considered Full-time for VA Benefits?
For undergraduates students:

  • 12 credits - Fall and Spring semesters
  •   4 credits - Winter, Summer session 1, and Summer session 2
  • Non-standard sessions will need to be calculated

For graduate students:

  •   9 credits - Fall and Spring semesters
  •   3 credits - Winter, Summer session 1, and Summer session 2
  • Non-standard sessions will need to be calculated

 

How much is the CH33 Monthly Housing Allowance(MHA)?
The MHA is based on the zip code of the school, unless you are taking fully online courses.
For fully online courses, MHA is based on 50% of the national MHA average.
Note: Active duty service members and their spouses aren't eligible for MHA.
The GI Bill Calculator tool shows the current Full-Time MHA rate for UMASS Amherst:
GI Bill Comparison Tool | Veterans Affairs (va.gov)

 
Can VA Benefits be used for Study Abroad?
There are many VA policy changes regarding eligibility for VA Benefits with Study Abroad.
VA Benefits can not be used for Study Abroad programs affliated with a third party entity.