The Office of Veterans Affairs wants to thank all veterans for their service and welcome you and your eligible dependents and spouses to Boston University. The office of Veterans Affairs is also your resource for assistance with any issues, concerns, or questions.
The Veterans Affairs Office is here to provide dedicated services and information to support students during their time at Boston University. The main function of this office is to certify and report enrollment information to the Veterans Administration to ensure receipt of educational benefits by eligible students.
Veterans Affairs Office is Located in the Registrar’s Office
881 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Manager of Veterans Services: Thomas Swift
Under Title 38 of the U.S. Code there are several different education programs available. Each program has a different set of criteria that must be met. The Veterans Administration will decide individual’s eligibility to receive benefits.
Educational Benefits Payment Amount
Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill your tuition and fees will be paid directly to the school. A monthly housing allowance is potentially available to eligible veterans based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This amount is based on the Zip Code of the location of the school you are attending. For students solely enrolled in distance learning (on-line courses) the BAH is equal to 50% the national average for an E-5 with dependents. To determine if you are eligible and for what amount go to the following link http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm. You also may be eligible to receive an annual book stipend of $1,000 paid proportionally based on your enrollment.
Under all the other GI Bill programs you will receive a monthly payment at a rate set by Congress that does not vary based on your expenses.
Additional Education benefit Information
Monthly Attendance Verification
(required for Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 only): Chapter 30 veterans must verify their monthly enrollment before the next GI bill payment will be issued.
Students can verify their attendance the last working day of the month by calling the following toll-free number and following the instructions: 1-(877) 823-2378, or verification can be submitted through the VA website: www.gibill.va.gov. Follow the link to “W.A.V.E.” (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment).
The verification is complete when the system indicates that the student is certified. The toll-free number to verify enrollment is (877) 823-2378. No certification or verification of attendance or pursuit is required prior to release of payments for Chapters 32, 35 and 1607. Payments are released the first of the month following the month for which payment is due.
Tuition Assistance Top Up
To be eligible for the Top-up benefit, the person must be approved for federal Tuition Assistance by a military department and be eligible for Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)-Active Duty benefits. To be eligible for MGIB benefits, the person must be an MGIB-Active Duty participant and must have served at least 2 full years on active duty.
The amount of the benefit is limited to the amount that the person would receive for the same course if regular MGIB benefits were being paid. In no case can the amount paid by the military combined with the amount paid by VA be more than the total cost of the course.
If a person receives the Top-up benefit, his or her regular MGIB benefits will be reduced. The amount of entitlement charged for Top-up payments is determined by dividing the amount of the payment by the claimant’s full-time monthly rate.
How to Apply
A copy of the Tuition Assistance Authorization form for the course that has been signed by an authorized military official will be required. If the claimant has not requested MGIB benefits before should submit a VA Form 22-1990 to establish eligibility. The VA Form 22-1990 can be obtained from the campus Office of Veterans Affairs, downloaded or filed electronically from the VA website: http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/student_handouts/ The application and other evidence should be sent to the Regional Processing Office:
Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Regional Office
PO Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240
Is available for students who are receiving educational benefits under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 35 and 106 (1606). This is in addition to the regular monthly rate of educational assistance allowance payable while in pursuit of the approved program of education. To qualify, the student must need assistance in a subject matter that is required as part of a prerequisite or is indispensible to the satisfactory pursuit of his/her college degree on at least one-half time basis.
The Application and Enrollment for Individual Tutorial Assistance VA Form 22-1990t is available in the Veterans Affairs Office or from any VA office.
22-1990t Application for Enrollment and Certification for Individualized Tutorial Assistance: http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/education_resources/programs/tutorial_assistance_program.html
Students who have previously used VA educational benefits must complete a Change of School/Program Form (VA Form 22-1995 for Veterans and VA form 22-5495 for Dependents) at the Boston University Veterans Affairs Office. The veteran is also required to provide an admission acceptance letter.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his/her transcripts for academic work at other schools are evaluated to determine the number of transfer credits that will be accepted by Boston University towards the student’s program of study/degree and to have this information submitted to the Veteran’s Affairs Office for transmittal to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office.
Boston University Veterans Association:
For any veterans who would be interested in becoming a part of the student organized Veterans Association at Boston University please contact them at email@example.com.