Veterans' Benefits

NASFAA Tips for Military and Veterans 

The Financial Aid Office would like to thank all veterans for their service and welcome you and your eligible dependents and spouses to Simmons College. Students eligible for VA benefits should apply through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in order to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. Applications can be completed online. A copy of the Certificate of Eligibility must be provided to Student Financial Services by mail, fax or emailed to sfs@simmons.edu.

Information about educational benefits is provided through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. There are several different education programs available, each with a unique set of criteria that must be met. 

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.

Tuition and related fees are paid directly to Simmons and credited to a student's account. This year, students can receive up to $20,235.02 for these costs (depending on their eligibility percentage and Simmons scholarship/grant aid). A monthly housing stipend is paid directly to a student, arriving at the end of each month the student is enrolled in any given semester (e.g., if the term starts September 4, the student will receive a housing stipend in the mail at the end of September). Students may view the Basic Allowance for Housing rates online at defensetravel.dod.mil, which are based on those classified as E-5 with dependents for the ZIP code of the school (02115). The stipend for books is mailed to the student at the beginning of the semester and may be up to $1,000 annually.

For parents who would like to transfer their Post-9/11 benefits to their dependent student(s), please log on to the Department of Defense transferability application website to determine if the student is eligible.

Yellow Ribbon
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 gibill.va.gov.