Benefits for Veterans and Active Military

Funding may be available for veterans and active military personnel to continue their education at the Extension School. Review the benefit information below.

Veterans’ Benefits

Veterans and qualifying dependents may be eligible to receive education benefits. Please visit the GI Bill website to determine what benefits may be available to you. Questions regarding your specific eligibility should be directed to the Veterans Affairs at 888-GIBILL-1, (888) 442-4551.

Utilizing Veterans Benefits (Including Top-Up)

The VA requires the school to certify veteran student enrollment for payment of veterans’ educational benefits. For certification of enrollment, for chapters including 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607, submit to Student Financial Services (SFS):

  • Enrollment Plan for Financial Aid and Veteran Certification. This is an electronic form accessible from the main menu of your student account. Access your student account by logging into the appropriate website:
  • Certificate of Eligibility. Submit a copy of your letter (CoE), obtainable from the VA, or a VA Form-1905 from your Vocational Rehab case manager, to Joseph Frechette in Student Financial Services (SFS). If you already have a CoE on file with SFS from a prior term, you do not need to submit it again, unless requested. Additional documents may be required if you are attending, or have attended, other colleges or universities (see “Previous Affiliation” below).
  • Additional payment (if your VA benefits do not cover your tuition and fees).

SFS begins certifying enrollments after August 15 for the fall term, December 15 for the spring term, and May 18 for the summer term. You must be registered for the term before your certification of enrollment will be processed. Only courses that fulfill degree requirements may be certified with the VA for payment of benefits.

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) & Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

If you are eligible to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits, you may register using these benefits as anticipated financial assistance without making an up-front payment, unless your benefit does not cover the full cost of tuition and fees.

SFS will estimate your anticipated financial assistance based on your benefit entitlement level (as indicated by the VA on your CoE), and the number of credits you plan to register for (as reported on your Enrollment Plan). SFS then posts anticipated financial assistance, which may be used for registration purposes, to your student account.

Please allow up to seven business days from the date we receive your CoE or VA Form-1905, and your Enrollment Plan, for anticipated financial assistance to be posted to your student account.

If you register using your anticipated education benefit, but for any reason the benefit does not cover your balance, you are responsible for the outstanding balance. Payment must be received within 10 business days of the notification of your outstanding balance or you may be removed from your course(s).

To calculate your education benefit amount, refer to the GI Bill summary on the GI Bill website. Questions about eligibility and benefit amounts should be directed to the VA at 888-GIBILL-1, (888-442-4551).

Previous Affiliation with Another Institution of Higher Learning (IHL)

If you have been affiliated with another institution of higher learning (IHL), there are requirements you must fulfill in order to have anticipated funding posted to your student account, and for the VA to provide educational benefits for your participation at the Harvard Extension/Summer School. These requirements depend upon your current status with the IHL previously attended. Failure to comply with the appropriate requirement may result in the VA not paying your educational benefits, in which case you will be responsible for the outstanding balance.

  1. If you are currently a degree candidate at another college or university, and the Harvard Extension/Summer School course(s) you plan to enroll in will count towards your degree, you must have your primary school submit a primary school letter to Joseph Frechette in SFS. At most schools, a primary school letter can be obtained from either your School Certifying Official or an Academic Advisor.
  2. If you are not currently a degree candidate at your previous college or university and if the Harvard Extension/Summer School will be your primary school, you will need to submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995 or VA Form 22-5495) to the VA, and then notify Joseph Frechette via email that you’ve completed the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.

Nonmatriculated Study

Because the Harvard Extension School and Harvard Summer School operate with an open enrollment policy, you do not have to be admitted into a degree program in order to enroll in classes; therefore, all of our students fall into one of two distinct categories: admitted degree candidate (matriculated) or non-admitted student (non-matriculated).

  • VA defines matriculated as having been formally admitted to a college or university as a degree-seeking student. VA educational benefits cannot be paid to non-matriculated college or university students unless they are pending admission to your school.
  • The VA only funds two semesters of non-matriculated study. After the second semester of funding, you must be admitted into a qualifying degree program in order to continue receiving educational benefits from the VA. Admission into an undergraduate degree or graduate degree at the Harvard Extension School is considered as such.
  • Neither participation in the Harvard Extension School professional graduate certificates nor Premedical Program constitutes participation in an approved program of study for payment of VA educational benefits.
  • Utilizing Top-Up benefits while non-matriculated counts towards the two-semester limit set by the VA for receipt of veterans educational benefits as a non-matriculated student.

Please make yourself familiar with the terms of your VA benefits. Information can be found on the VA’s GI Bill website, http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/, or by contacting the VA directly at the GI Bill Help Line (1-888-442-4551).

Yellow Ribbon Program

Harvard Extension School is pleased to participate in the Post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program which makes available supplemental financial assistance to the base educational benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) funding is available to Harvard Extension School admitted degree candidates who meet VA eligibility requirements (see below). Yellow Ribbon funding is supplemental to the base tuition and fees benefits provided by the VA through the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Student must have Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement level of 100%
  • Student must not be on active duty or a spouse using transferred entitlement.
  • Student must have reached the annual tuition and fees cap on Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits for the academic school year (August 1 to July 31).
    • Cap for the 2016-17 academic year is $21,970.46
    • Cap for the 2017-18 academic year is $22,805.34

Child transferees of active duty Service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100 percent rate.

If tuition and fees costs exceed the tuition and fees benefits provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, veteran students who meet eligibility requirements will be provided with Yellow Ribbon funding automatically. There is no limit on the number of students who may receive Yellow Ribbon funding. The annual maximum institutional award is $3,500 (total award up to $7,000 with the Veterans Affairs matching funds).

Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

If you are eligible to receive Military Tuition Assistance, you may register online using anticipated financial assistance by submitting an approved TA authorization form to SFS during the fall or spring registration period or the Summer School registration period. Note that:

  • The course(s) on your approved TA form must match the course(s) you register for.
  • You must have the correct school or school code listed on your TA form for your form to be processed:
    • Air Force: list Harvard University–Division of Continuing Education
    • Marines, Coast Guard, and Navy: list school code: 4845A, Institution: Harvard Division of Continuing Education
    • Army: list Harvard University–Division of Continuing Education
  • For anticipated funding to be posted to your student account, you must have a student account set up with Harvard Extension School. If you do not have a student account set up already, you may create your account through online services.

For questions regarding the registration process, contact Joseph Frechette, coordinator of veteran and military student educational assistance, Student Financial Services, at frechette@dcemail.harvard.edu or (617) 998-8118.

For questions regarding eligibility or the TA approval, please contact your branch representative directly.

For the Extension School's fall and spring semesters, full payment of your tuition and fees must be paid before your registration is processed. However, for the Harvard Summer School, you may register with payment of the registration fee and a deposit, and full payment must be made by the full payment deadline.

If you would like to change your registration, you must submit a new approved TA form and a course change and withdrawal form to SFS by the stated deadlines.

If you register using your anticipated TA benefit but for any reason your benefit does not cover your balance, you are responsible for the outstanding balance. Payment must be received within 10 business days of notification of your outstanding balance or you may be removed from your course(s).

For questions regarding the registration process, contact Joseph Frechette, coordinator of veteran and military student educational assistance, Student Financial Services, at frechette@dcemail.harvard.edu or (617) 998-8118.