Veterans education benefits
UMass Law offers several resources for veterans. See Registrar's page.
Education benefits and resources
- VA web resources: access your education benefits
- Federal Laws Requiring Resident Tuition
- GI Bill® benefits programs
- GI Bill® benefits guidelines
- Career Services for Law School
- Center for Access and Success
- Counseling Center
- Financial Aid for Law School
Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014
Effective August 1, 2021 all students using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11), Chapter 31 (Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation), Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill- Active Duty) will be billed as in-state students provided they live in the state of Massachusetts while attending classes. This includes veteran dependents who are using transferred Post 9/11 entitlement.
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.
Veteran and active military students who currently receive GI Bill benefits are automatically assigned a priority enrollment appointment. Veteran and active military students who do not currently receive GI Bill benefits must present proof of veteran or active military status (DD form 214 or military ID) to the law school certifying official to receive priority enrollment.
Students should check their registration appointment in COIN to confirm that they are in the priority registration time period. Students who believe they should be in the priority appointment and are not, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an adjustment.
Delayed VA Payments
Under S2248 PL 115-407 Section 103, UMass Law will not impose a late fee, denial of access to facilities, or other penalty against a veteran or eligible dependent due to a late payment of tuition and/or fees from the VA up to the certified benefits amount. Any portion of the student bill not covered by VA benefits is still expected to be settled by the due date.
The Veterans Law Association is comprised of veteran students, veteran faculty, and supporters. Our mission is to promote collaboration across the veterans in our law school, discuss legal issues specific to veterans needs, and foster networking and engagement opportunities across the UMass Law community.