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As a veteran, you may be eligible for educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs through one of the many educational benefit programs offered by the VA.  The Post 9/11 GI Bill program (Chapter 33), is one of the most frequently used VA benefits by veterans. Under Chapter 33, students are provided funding for tuition, books, housing and required fees. The amount of Chapter 33 benefits received is determined by the length of military service since 9/11/2001.

Harvard Law School is also proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the law which created the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Yellow Ribbon program allows institutions of higher learning to make additional funds available to fund tuition and fee expense that exceed the tuition and fees covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under the program, the Department of Veterans Affairs matches school aid contributions made to eligible veterans. Harvard Law School has agreed to contribute the maximum amount to be matched by the VA for all eligible veterans. The combination of federal and HLS grants is expected to cover the full cost of tuition and fees for the academic year.

Students may also may also be eligible to  use other VA benefits to fund their studies at HLS, such as Voc-Rehab, the Montgomery GI Selected Reserve Bill (Chapter 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607), Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), and the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA/Chapter 35) . For more information on other VA education benefits you may be eligible for, please visit the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs site.

Financial Aid Award Scenarios with VA Benefits (2016-2017)

  • 100% Post 9-11/GI Bill (With 100% Yellow Ribbon)

    Award Funding Amount of Funding
    GI Bill (Contributed by HLS) $21,970
    GI Bill (Contributed by the VA, paid directly to the student) $25,096 = ($3,102 monthly housing allowance x 8 months) + ($1,000 Book Allowance)
    Yellow Ribbon (Contributed by HLS) $20,649 with Health Insurance, $19,334 without Health Insurance
    Yellow Ribbon (Contributed by the VA, paid directly to HLS) $20,649 with Health Insurance, $19,334 without Health Insurance
    Total $88,364 with Health Insurance, $85, 734 without Health Insurance
  • 70% Post 9-11/GI Bill (No Yellow Ribbon)

    Award Funding Amount of Funding
    GI Bill (Contributed by HLS) $15,379 = ($21,970 maximum amount) x .7 (70% percent eligibility)
    GI Bill (Contributed by the VA, paid directly to the student) $17,567 = [($3,012 Monthly Housing Allowance x 8 Months) + ($1,000 Book Allowance)] x .7 (70% percent eligibility)
                                                   Total $32,946
      *students who do not receive 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are eligible to apply for Need Based Aid
  • Voc-Rehab

    Award Funding Amount of Funding 
    Veteran’s Benefits (Contributed by VA, paid directly to the school) $62,668 (includes all tuition and fees) with Health Insurance, $60, 638 (includes all tuition and fees) without Health Insurance
    Veteran’s Benefits (Contributed by VA, paid directly to the student) $25,096 = ($3,012 Monthly Housing Allowance x 8 Months) + ($1,000 Book Allowance)
    Total $87,764 with Health Insurance, $85,734 without Health Insurance