VALOR Act Academic Credit Evaluation Policy
- The University of Massachusetts Boston appreciates the experience our veterans bring to the campus.
- When you submit an official Joint Service Transcript (JST) from the American Council on Education, your military education and experience are evaluated for transfer credit. UMass Boston will evaluate your JST based on our transfer credit policies.
- UMass Boston also recognizes other prior learning experiences gained by military personnel.
- If you are a current UMass Boston student veteran with questions related to military credits, please contact:
Valerie Corrente, Registrar
- To obtain your military transcripts, click on the appropriate link below:
- Joint Services Transcript (Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marines)
- Community College of the Air Force (Air Force)
Massachusetts Veteran Tuition Credit
To qualify for this tuition-only credit, you must already have been accepted into a degree program. As a degree-seeking Massachusetts veteran, you will receive the tuition waiver when you provide us with a copy of your DD214 (Member-4) showing an Honorable Discharge. The credit applies to state-funded programs offered at UMass Boston. As a tuition-only waiver, it does not cover your UMass Boston fees (curriculum, service, mandatory or lab fees, etc.)
The College of Advancing and Professional Studies offers many evening, weekend, summer, and online courses. Fees for courses offered through that college are structured differently than those of our other colleges. The College of Advancing and Professional Studies course fee can be waived, but some restrictions still apply. (For example, you may not use this credit for courses that you take as a non-degree student.) Contact us to learn the stipulations which apply to your situation.
How to Use the GI Bill® to Pay for College
- Apply for your veterans benefits using at va.gov
- Apply for admissions to UMass Boston as an undergraduate or graduate student
- Allow 6-8 weeks for a decision on both applications
- Apply for Financial Aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline
- Once you are admitted and registered for classes, give us your class schedule, Certificate of Eligibility from the VA and your DD214 (member-4) and we will certify your attendance with the VA.
- Once you are certified, you’ll be able to start classes. Your payment will take approximately 6-8 weeks to process after certification.
- UMass Boston will apply your state benefits prior to your federal GI Bill®* benefits.
- Please notify our office of any changes in your schedule or status as soon as possible. For example, if you are deployed and need to withdraw from classes, we can help. If you drop or add a course, this may affect your military benefits and your financial aid.
Federal Veterans Benefits
Here are six major educational benefit programs in order of popularity:
- Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program
- Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
- Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
- Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
1. Post 9/11 GI Bill®
Most of the veterans studying at UMass Boston are using the benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (a.k.a. Chapter 33.) Service members and veterans who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for these benefits.
- Three years of Active Duty (AD) time qualifies you for 100% of benefits based on full-time enrollment. This includes your cost of attendance, a $1000 book stipend, and E5 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) with dependents, based on UMass Boston’s 02125 ZIP code.)
- For service of over 90 days, but less than 3 years, you receive between 40% and 90% of these benefits.
- Active Duty members and their spouses do not receive the BAH, but are entitled to the book stipend. Children of AD members and spouses of veterans utilizing Chapter 33 are eligible for BAH.
- You receive up to 36 months of these benefits, prorated for the number of days you are enrolled and based on the Academic Calendar.
- Transferring this benefit to a dependent must be completed with the Department of Defense prior to applying for VA benefits.
- If you paid into education benefits while on Active Duty prior to the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, you qualify for a stipend of $1,473 based on full-time enrollment. If you paid into the $600 Buy-Up or “kicker,” this amount may increase by up to $600 with proper documentation. The benefit is good for 10 years after your release from Active Duty.
- Chapter 30 does not pay for cost of attendance or a book stipend. If you exhaust all 36 months of the Montgomery GI Bill®, you may be eligible for 12 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits.
3. Vocational Rehabilitation
Chapter 31, or “Voc Rehab,” is offered to veterans with a service-connected disability of 20% or more, and may extend your educational benefits for up to an additional 48 months. Voc Rehab covers all applicable education-related expenses. Most of the processing and appointments for this program come through the Boston VA Office.
4. Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance (DEA)
The DEA benefit is available to dependents of a veteran who has died or is permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected disability. Qualified children must be between the ages of 18 and 26 to receive up to 45 months of educational benefits. The period of eligibility for spouses ranges from 10 to 20 years.
5. Select Reserve GI Bill® (SELRES)
SELRES, a.k.a. 1606, is for actively drilling reservists with no active duty time (training only.) 1606 pays a stipend of $375/mo. If you are eligible for a “kicker,” and provide proper documentation, that “kicker” amount will be applied to your stipend. When applying for 1606 Select Reserve GI Bill®, please include your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) or a DD214, if applicable.
6. Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP or 1607 is a benefit based on your activation of 90 days or more as a Reservist in response to war or natural disaster. 1607 is a benefit calculated by your activation time and education/training pursuit.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Please contact the UMass Boston Veterans’ Affairs Office for information about our Yellow Ribbon Program stipulations.
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site.