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Funding 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 a student’s enrollment for payment of veterans’ educational benefits. To have your enrollment certified, complete the following:

  • Step 1: Create your student account through MyDCE Portal
  • Step 2: Submit your Documentation of Benefit Entitlement. Submit only one of the items listed below. Documentation may be uploaded via the document upload tool (accessible by logging into your student account), or you may email documentation to militarybenefits@extension.harvard.edu. If you have already submitted documentation of benefit entitlement for 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), or if you have had a name change.
    • For Vocational Rehabilitation, your case manager must authorize your funding, and it will be your case manager who submits the documentation of your benefits.
    • Post-9/11 GI Bill® Statement of Benefits. The Post-9/11 GI Bill® Statement of Benefits is a document generated through the VA.gov portal. It provides details on remaining entitlement, eligibility percentage, and benefit end date.
    • Certificate of Eligibility (obtainable from the VA)
  • Step 3. Submit additional payment if necessary. If your VA benefits do not cover the full tuition charged to your student account, you will need to provide additional payment to cover any remaining balance by the payment in full deadline.

Student Financial Services (SFS) will certify your enrollment with the VA for payment of benefits each term you are enrolled, until your benefits expire or until up-to-date documentation is required. If up-to-date documentation is required you will be notified. If you do not wish to use your benefits for a semester, you must send written notification to militarybenefits@extension.harvard.edu.

SFS begins certifying enrollments after August 15 for the fall term, December 15 for the spring term, and May 20 for the summer term. Changes to student’s schedules will be reported to the VA on a regular basis.  Please note, you must be registered for the term before your enrollment can be certified to the VA.

Only courses that count toward completion of your degree program may be certified with the VA for payment of veterans’ educational benefits.

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

If you are eligible to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill® or Vocational Rehabilitation & 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 documentation of benefits), and the number of credits you enroll in. 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 documentation of benefit entitlement or VR&E Funding Authorization 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 militarybenefits@extension.harvard.edu. 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 us via militarybenefits@extension.harvard.edu 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 on tuition funding for the 2021-22 academic year (8/1/2021 to 7/31/2022)  is $26,042.81
    • Cap on tuition funding for the 2022-23 academic year (8/1/2022 to 7/31/2023) is $26,381.37

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.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA)

Students may utilize Active-Duty Military Tuition Assistance (TA) at the Harvard Extension School (HES) as a method of tuition payment.  You may upload TA forms using the document uploader accessible in your account via MyDCE Portal. Please note, the process for securing funding varies among the different branches of service, and are described below. Please allow up to seven business days from the date we receive your TA Authorization for the payment to be credited to your student account.

Information on payment deadlines, registration deadlines, and other important dates can be found on the Harvard Extension School Calendar or Harvard Summer School Calendar.

If you utilize active duty military tuition assistance, but for any reason your benefit does not cover your balance due, you are responsible for the outstanding balance.

If you drop a course covered by TA funds during the drop for full tuition refund period, all TA funds will be returned to the appropriate Military Service branch. If a student with TA funding withdraws from a course(s) in a term, Student Financial Services may be required to return a portion of the TA funds to the appropriate Military Service branch based on when the student ceases attendance. Per DoD policy, when a student ceases attendance in a term, TA funds must be returned on a proportional basis up to the 60 percent point in the term.

For questions regarding TA eligibility or the process for applying for TA, speak with your Education Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your specific branch prior to enrolling in courses and requesting TA.

Student Degree Plan
If you are required to provide a degree plan as part of your application for TA, please send an email request to militarybenefits@extension.harvard.edu. Make sure your request contains the following information:

  • The name of the degree program you plan to complete
  • Your full name
  • Your DCE ID
  • The branch of service that is funding your TA

Cost Verification
If you are required to provide a cost verification, you may complete the registration process to generate a bill that is accessible by logging into your MyDCE student account.

Army
Army TA is managed within the ArmyIgnitED platform/system. Contact an Army ESO for guidance navigating the ArmyIgnitED system and the TA process. Please note, there are several schools within Harvard University listed in the ArmyIgnitED system. Currently the only way to distinguish between some of the schools is with the OPEID#. The Harvard Extension School OPEID# is 00215503.

To have your HES student account credited with TA funding:

  1. You must have an Education Path already approved or you must request approval of an education path through the ArmyIgnitED system.
  2. Once you have an approved Education Path, you may send an email to militarybenefits@extension.harvard.edu requesting the school upload a Student Degree Plan into the ArmyIgnitED See above regarding Student Degree Plans.
  3. While the Student Degree Plan is in process, you may go ahead and register for your course(s). Please be aware of registration deadlines and other important dates associated with the registration process such as payment in full deadlines and drop deadlines. This information can be found at either the Harvard Extension School Academic Calendar or the Harvard Summer School Academic Calendar.
  4. HES will begin the process of submitting weekly student enrollment updates to the Army on the following dates:
    • For Fall semester enrollments: August 1st
    • For January session enrollments: December 1st
    • For Spring semester enrollments: December 15th
    • For Summer semester enrollments: April 22nd
  5. After your enrollment is reported to the Army, log into your ArmyIgnitED account and request TA for that course.
  6. After you have requested TA, we will be able to approve your TA and credit your HES student account with anticipated funding. A credit will be posted to your HES student account to offset your out-of-pocket burden, pending the actual payment from the Army.

Air Force
Air Force TA is managed within the AiPortal platform. To have your student account credited with TA funding you must provide the school with your approved TA Authorization form. If you are not familiar with the process for obtaining your TA Authorization form, please consult with your Air Force ESO.
Navy
To have your student account credited with TA funding you must provide the school with your approved TA Authorization form. If you are not familiar with the process for obtaining your TA Authorization form, please consult with your Navy ESO.
To ensure your TA Authorization is for the correct school within the Harvard University system, your TA Authorization form must include the following information: School Code 4845A, and Institution: Harvard Division of Continuing Education.
Marines
To have your student account credited with TA funding you must provide the school with your approved TA Authorization form. If you are not familiar with the process for obtaining your TA Authorization form, please consult with your Marines ESO.
To ensure your TA Authorization is for the correct school within the Harvard University system, your TA Authorization form must include the School Code: 4845A, and the Institution name: Harvard Division of Continuing Education.
Coast Guard
To have your student account credited with TA funding you must provide the school with your approved TA Authorization form. If you are not familiar with the process for obtaining your TA Authorization form, please consult with your Coast Guard ESO.
To ensure your TA Authorization is for the correct school within the Harvard University system, your TA Authorization form must include the School Code: 4845A, and the Institution name: Harvard Division of Continuing Education.

 

Section 103.1.(b) of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018

Harvard Division of Continuing Education fully complies with Section 103.1.(b) of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018. For students who are covered under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Chapter 33, Harvard Division of Continuing Education will not impose any penalty on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the VA under Chapter 31 or Chapter 33. Covered students will not be prevented from attending or enrolling in courses, will not be charged late fees, and will not be otherwise denied access to University services due to late payment from the VA until 90 days after the school has certified tuition and fees to the VA following the receipt of a Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of Benefits. The Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of Benefits should be provided to the Student Financial Services Office prior to the start of classes to ensure that benefits are processed in a timely manner.

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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.