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Trees and sunshine near Langdell HallAs 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.

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.

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 at www.benefits.va.gov/​gibill.

As of August 1st, 2019, Harvard University adheres to the requirements of and complies with S2248 PL 1150497 Section 103. Harvard University does not impose late fees on any student and will not impose a late fee on students utilizing Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 benefits. Additionally, Harvard University will not prevent a student from attending classes or demand payment in advance for funds expected to be paid by the VA until at least 90 days post certification. Under this policy, Harvard University defines a covered individual as any student that has notified the University that they are eligible to receive Chapter 33 or Chapter 31 benefits in writing prior to the start of the academic term in which they plan to use those benefits. Covered individuals will see the amount anticipated from the VA on their student account in the form of Anticipated Aid for Chapter 33 or a third-party deferment for Chapter 31. If the VA fails to pay 90 days post certification, Harvard reserves the right to require payment from the student directly.

Financial Aid Award Scenarios with VA Benefits (2019-2020)

Financial Aid Award Scenarios with VA Benefits (2019-2020)

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

    Award Funding Amount of Funding
    GI Bill (Contributed by HLS) $24,476
    GI Bill (Contributed by the VA, paid directly to the student) $25,336 = ($3,042 monthly housing allowance x 8 months) + ($1,000 Book Allowance)
    Yellow Ribbon (Contributed by HLS) $23,153 with Health Insurance, $21,303 without Health Insurance
    Yellow Ribbon (Contributed by the VA, paid directly to HLS) $23,152 with Health Insurance, $21,302 without Health Insurance
    Total $96,117 with Health Insurance, $92, 417 without Health Insurance
  • 70% Post 9-11/GI Bill (No Yellow Ribbon)

    Award Funding Amount of Funding
    GI Bill (Contributed by HLS) $17,133 = ($24,476 maximum amount) x .7 (70% percent eligibility)
    GI Bill (Contributed by the VA, paid directly to the student) $17,735 = [($3,042 Monthly Housing Allowance x 8 Months) + ($1,000 Book Allowance)] x .7 (70% percent eligibility)
                                                   Total $34,868
      *students who do not receive 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are eligible to apply for Need Based Aid

Links for Additional VA Benefits Resources