You've earned the right to a higher education through your service in the U.S. Armed Forces. But how do you use your GI Bill benefits? Which version is right for you? The Legion can help answer questions about state and/or federal education benefits, who can use them, and how long.
State Education Benefits
Welcome Home Bill:
Exempts Guard members from paying any fees while attending a Massachusetts public college or university. Already, they receive free tuition, but fees can account for as much as three quarters of the cost of a college education. The state, not the schools, will pay for the cost of the waivers.
Tuition and Fee Waivers for Guard Members:
The Massachusetts National Guard Education Assistance Program provides a 100% tuition and fee waiver for Massachusetts National Guard soldiers attending a state college, university, or community college program. Generally, these state-supported programs are offered during the day as part of a degree program. Your assistance can continue as long as you are in good standing academically and until you have reached 130 semester hours. The fee waiver is effective July 2006 and is not retroactive.
Upward Bound Program:
Eligibility: Veteran must have served at least 181 days of active duty military service. Discharge must have been ‘other than ‘dishonorable’, must be considered low income and first-generation college attendance.
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Office of Veterans Education
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 391-6072
Fax: (617) 727-0667
Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Training
P.O. Box 146759
19 Staniford Street, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02114