Elms College is committed to helping veterans and their relatives receive financial aid through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  If you are a veteran, active duty service member, or dependent of either, you may be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Elms College offers a variety of educational programs that are approved by the VA.  Note, however, that the VA will only pay for courses that are required for your major or certificate.

The following is a list of several chapters of educational benefits with a brief description of each.

Chapter 30

Montgomery GI Bill: Active duty and veterans; not transferrable to dependents.  Click here for detailed information.

Chapter 31

Vocational Rehabilitation: veterans who have at least a 20% disability rating are eligible to apply, however approval is not guaranteed; up to 48 months of entitlement possible.  Click here for detailed information.

Chapter 33

Post-9/11 GI Bill:  active duty and veterans may be eligible for up to 36 months of benefit.  This benefit may be transferred to qualifying dependents, with restrictions.  Chapter 33 Information. Transferability Factsheet.

Chapter 35

For spouses and children of 100% services-connected disabled veterans or of veterans who died in service; up to 45 months of entitlement are allowed.  Click here for detailed information.

Chapter 1606

National Guard and Reserves who have completed the initial Active Duty for training and 180 days of service in the Selected Reserves; may be eligible for up to 36 months of benefit.   Click here for detailed information.

Chapter 1607

National Guard and Reserves who have completed a minimum of 90 consecutive days on Active Duty after 9/11/01; may be eligible for up to 36 months of benefit.  Click here for detailed information.

Tuition Assistance

If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program (also known as Federal Tuition Assistance – FTA).  Check with your local Educational Assistance office for eligibility and enrollment requirements.  Tuition Assistance Top-Up information.

The Yellow Ribbon Program and Financial Aid

Elms College is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.   In 2008, the GI Bill was updated with the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, giving veterans with active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, enhanced educational benefits that cover more educational expenses, provide a living allowance, money for books and the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children.  The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program or YRP) is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the maximum base pay amount.

Assistance is available to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Funding is limited, awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and is available only to those that are eligible and meet the requirements outlined on http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp.  Funding levels are determined on an annual basis by Elms College.  This benefit will replace any need-based financial aid awarded by Elms College.  Please submit your VA Certificate of Eligibility as well as the Elms Veterans Certification Request to the Registrar’s Office located on the first floor of Berchmans Hall.

Elms College considers any veteran’s education benefits to be a source of financial aid.  Any financial assistance offered through Elms may be reduced when the amount of VA benefits is determined and added to your award.  However, VA educational benefits are not considered when determining your federal financial aid eligibility.  Additional information on paying for college can be found at these sites:

  • The College Scorecard is a planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school. The College Scorecard is located at:  https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/
  • The College Navigator is a tool that provides prospective students information about a school’s tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool. The College Navigator is located at: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has the “Paying for College” webpage which can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and to enter actual financial aid award information. The tool can be accessed at: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college/

Contact Information

The following offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, and are located on the first floor of Berchmans Hall.  Please stop in, call, or email us if you have any questions.

Registrar’s Office
registrar@elms.edu
413.265.2314

Financial Aid Office
finaid@elms.edu
413.265.2249

Please follow these steps after being accepted and admitted to Elms College:

  • If you have not already done so, contact a Department of Veterans Affairs counselor at 1-888-442-4551 to discuss your education benefits.
  • Complete the VA’s Application to start using your education benefit: https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/
  • Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar’s Office on the first floor of Berchmans Hall or scan a copy to our email address at registrar@elms.edu.  The VA will mail this Certificate to you once they process your application for benefits.
  • Apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online:    https://fafsa.ed.gov/
  • Meet with your advisor to register for classes.
  • Contact the Registrar’s Office with any questions at (413) 265-2314.