Veteran & Military Benefits

In the News

Between Army and Medical School, a stop in hell - Veteran who lost legs in combat reflects on Afghanistan service and decision to become a doctor

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Once a Soldier, Now a Harvard Freshman - Iraq veteran Richard Martinez III is a freshman with deep perspective

Harvard honors new military officers in ROTC commissioning ceremony - the conferring of degrees is a critical rite of passage for any graduating student, but for those who are also members of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), the week of Harvard Commencement ceremonies brings an additional milestone: the commissioning service.

Education Benefits

Educational benefits are available for veterans, family members of veterans, and active military personnel. These programs have different benefits packages and eligibility requirements. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides up to 36 months (4 regular school years) of education benefits to eligible service members (Active Duty, Guard and Reserve) and Veterans who have served at least 90 days on active duty since 9/10/2001. Benefits include paid tuition and fees, a stipend for books and a monthly housing allowance. Benefits are tiered based on number of days on active duty, and can be transferred to spouse or family member. Students who are eligible for a monthly housing allowance through the VA must attend the majority of their classes on campus to receive their full benefit. However, due to COVID-19, the VA will pay the full benefit to students enrolled in distance learning, the same as if they were based on campus, through December 21, 2021.To find out what you may be eligible for, visit the GI Bill® and Military Tuition Assistance websites.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Harvard University is pleased to participate in the Post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program in which additional financial assistance supplements the base educational benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. The program requires the institution to specify the award amount and number of awards to be distributed annually. The VA then provides a dollar for dollar match of institutional aid given to eligible veterans. Only veterans eligible for 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill® education benefits, or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Yellow Ribbon Program information on Harvard’s participating programs and matching amounts for the academic year.


Harvard University has a long history with the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Army ROTC was established on campus in 1916, and the University was one of the six original partner institutions of Naval ROTC in 1926. While all battalions and detachments are located nearby at MIT, there are Navy and Army ROTC offices on the Harvard campus. To join ROTC, cross-register with one of these three service programs: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, or Navy ROTC. Details on ROTC at Harvard can be found on the Harvard College website.

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