VA Education Benefits

The federal government offers several programs to help veterans and active duty servicemembers finance their education.

The main program available to veterans is the GI Bill, which there are two versions of:

  • 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.
    • For veterans at the 100% entitlement rate, the VA will pay up to:
        • $22,805.34: Tuition and fees per year (2017-2018 academic year)
        • $1,000: Book stipend per year
        • $3,045: Monthly housing allowance if program is on-ground in Boston (Rates vary depending on campus location)
        • $840.50: Monthly housing allowance if program is online
      Note: If you are below 100% entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the VA will only cover up to the maximum percent of yourentitlement each semester.
  • The Montgomery GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, which are generally payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

To determine your eligibility, contact the Veterans Affairs Regional Office at 888.GI.BILL.1 (888.442.4551) or visit the VA website. GI Bill benefits are determined and paid solely by the Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

Learn more about how to use your VA benefits in 10 easy stepsĀ».


(Last updated: August 29, 2017)