Veterans

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design thanks our veterans and current military service members for their service to our nation. MassArt recognizes the unique needs of Service members and returning Veterans.

Veterans and service persons, their spouses and dependents, or their survivors may be eligible for educational benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), not MassArt, determines your eligibility for either of the two benefits.

Veteran Status

You are a veteran if:

  • You served on continuous active duty for 181 days or more after January 13, 1955.
  • You served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001.
  • You are still on active duty
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty
  • You were released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list
  • You were a member of the National Guard or Reserves who was called to active duty for purposes other than training.
  • You were released from the active duty for service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces.

VA Benefits at MassArt

In order to use your VA Benefits at MassArt, please complete the following steps:

  1. Apply for Admission to the College.
  2. Visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs website to find out if you qualify for Educational Benefits. Once you have determined your eligibility, complete the Veterans online Application for VA Benefits (VONAPP).
  3. Submit a copy of your DD-214 and a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Certifying Official (Jocelyn Gomes, Student Financial Assistance, 8th floor, Tower Building)
    Please Note: If educational benefits have previously been used, complete Form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training, online at Veterans Administration to receive a Certificate of Eligibility.

If you are already approved for benefits, please submit:

  1. A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Student Financial Assistance in order to certify your status as a matriculated student.
  2. A copy of your Form DD-214 Online is needed while filling out your applications for veterans benefits and must be submitted to Student Financial Assistance along with your Certificate of Eligibility.

Students are also encouraged to submit AARTS Transcript (Army/Ace Registry Transcript Service) or a DD Form 295 for evaluation for transfer credit to the Registrar’s Office (Jonathan Rand, 8th Floor).

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VALOR Act Academic Credit Policy

In accordance with the VALOR ACT, Massachusetts College of Art and Design evaluates credit earned for military education, training, experience, or coursework using the same standards as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. Massachusetts College of Art and Design reviews all military transcripts and discharge documents (DD214), including SMART, ACE, and AARTS, as well as CLEP Subject Standardized Tests in accordance with college policies for transferability of credit to the student’s intended major or program of study. Such evaluation shall be in accordance with existing credit transfer policies. Students shall receive accurate and complete academic counseling from the Certifying Official in collaboration with the Academic Resource Center.

MassArt’s current Certifying Official is Jocelyn Gomes in Student Financial Assistance. Any questions regarding Veteran services should be directed to her. Jocelyn can be contacted at 617-879-7853 or jocelyn.gomes@massart.edu.

GI Bill Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What classes can I take at school?
    Because you have been approved for a specific major, there is a curriculum of classes that you follow throughout your time at the college. When registering for classes keep in mind that the VFA will not pay for any classes that do not count toward your major. Be aware that the VA periodically checks on all applicants to ensure that the courses being taken are relevant to the student’s declared major. Failure to comply with this policy could lead to the VA billing you for benefits received that do not count toward your major.

  2. Once I am certified by MassArt, how long will it take for the payment to be processed?
    About 6 to 8 weeks.

  3. Are there organizations for veterans on campus?
    MassArt is in the process of creating a Veterans Student Group. Through the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) there are student organizations and other resources available to veterans.

  4. Can I receive housing/living benefits while receiving a tuition waiver?
    Yes, students are certified initially after enrollment at which time housing/living benefits are processed. Students are then re-verified after the “Add/Drop” period. At which time, their tuition benefits are processed.

  5. How do I receive credit for military experience?
    Submission of military transcripts will be evaluated as transfer credit. Students can also submit transcripts from previous colleges or universities.

VA Educational Benefits Rates

Qualified veterans and their dependents of deceased or disabled veterans whose death or disability is a direct result of their military service may be eligible for VA educational benefits under one of the following programs while attending MassArt:

Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill-Active Duty/Discharged (MGIB-AD)
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
Chapter 32: Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Chapter 33: Post – 9/11 G.I. Bill (see note below)
Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance
Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Chapter 1607: Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

Note: Individuals currently eligible for Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, or Chapter 1607 may make an irrevocable election from their existing program to the Chapter 33 Post – 9/11 G.I. Bill. For more information contact the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation

Disabled veterans desiring to further their education under the VA Vocational Rehabilitation program should contact Mercedes Evans, Director of Civil Rights Compliance and Diversity located in the Tower Building, 8th floor, Room 815 or via email at mercedes.evans@massart.edu or by phone: 617-879-7060.

Tutorial Assistance

Tutorial assistance is available if you are receiving VA educational assistance. Services are available for all current students. These services include tutoring and workshops for academic success, as well as writing assistance. Please contact the Academic Resource Center located in Tower T550 or by calling at 617-879-7958.

Wellness and Counseling Center

Free confidential and mental health services are available to all matriculated students. The Center is a place to go when you have a personal concern and want to talk privately with a counselor and want to explore possible options and an objective accepting way. For more information, please contact the Wellness and Counseling Center at counseling@massart.edu or 617-879-7560.

Health Services

Free confidential care is available to all students. Health Services is managed by Harvard Vanguard and is located on the 2nd floor of The Tree House Residence Hall at 578 Huntington Avenue. For more information, please contact Health Services at 617-879-5220 or Fax: 617-879-5229. Health Services hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans On-Line Application

Military Child Education Coalition

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Education and Training

Student Veterans of America

Make the Connection: Shared Experiences and Support for Veterans

GI Jobs

Military Spouse

Massachusetts Vet Center Services for Family Members of Veteran

Veterans Recovery Therapies

Contact Us

For Veteran Services assistance at MassArt, please contact the following staff for specific questions:

Veterans Admissions Fair January 2015

Veterans Fair