You served US. Now we're here to serve YOU.
If you're ready to step back into a classroom either to complete your degree, begin your college career, or pursue a master’s degree, Western New England University is ready to serve you. Western New England is proud to support the GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.
The Office of Enrollment Services is here to assist you with a staff member dedicated to serving our veteran students. Our office is also prepared to assist qualifying veteran parents with the transfer of benefits to their dependent children. To begin, please coordinate with your ESL (Education Service Officer) or branch service portal to confirm your eligibility to receive educational benefits, or see the link below for more information on applying.
How to Apply for Veterans Education Benefits
Learn more about applying for VA education benefits as a Veteran, Servicemember, or qualified family member.
Service to School (S2S) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free application counseling to military veterans. Their goal is to help veterans gain admission to universities and to help them maximize their education benefits. Learn more.
Resources for Veterans
Local Veteran Agencies
Buffalo Regional Benefit Office
130 South Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202
Hartford Vet Center
25 Elm Street Suite A
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Springfield Vet Center
95 Ashley Ave, Suite A
West Springfield, MA 01089
Worcester Vet Center
255 Park Ave Suite # 900
Worcester, MA 01609
Financial Aid and Assistance
Montgomery GI Bill
Since 1944, millions of veterans have gone back to school using the Montgomery GI Bill. This bill provides students with a direct monthly payment they can use to cover tuition, fees, books, and other costs. Veterans and service members who have been on active duty for at least two years can benefits from this program and can receive up to 36 months of benefits for up to 10 years after retirement or honorable discharge, however this number can vary on a case by case basis.
The monthly payment rate for students varies between depending on factors such as:
- If they are full or part-time students
- Their college and education type
- If they receive other benefits or aid
- Whether they participate in the $600 buy-up program which allows beneficiaries to get as much as $5,400 more in GI Bill benefits with an additional $600 contribution
Up to date monthly payment rates can be found here.
Learn more more about the Montgomery GI Bill.
Post-9/11 GI Bill
Like the Montgomery GI Bill, the Post-9/11 bill is an important educational benefit provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to significantly alleviate the cost of school for veterans. Introduced in 2009, it offers financial aid for veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. >The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, and a book stipend. All benefits are paid on a sliding scale based on the length of service.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill can be transferred to spouses and children.
To qualify for these generous benefits, veterans must have served for at least 90 aggregate days or 30 days and obtained an honorable discharge following a service-related disability. To get full 100% benefits, veterans must have served for at least 36 months starting on or after September 11, 2001. The amount of benefits obtained through te Post-9/11 bill depends directly on length of service.
To apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, visit the VA's eBenefits website. It will take approximately 8 to 12 weeks for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process the application for benefits. Once the application is finalized, the student will receive a Certificate of Eligibility verifying the amount of benefits and months of entitlement available.
Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Student veterans who want to further their educations at more expensive schools may not be able to cover their tuition and fees fully with the Post-9/11 bill as there is a maximum annual threshold. To offset additional costs, veterans can explore the Yellow Ribbon Program if they are eligible.
The Yellow Ribbon program allows participating schools to provide additional funds or grants directly to students for tuition and fees.The amount contributed by the schools is then matched dollar per dollar by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This allows many students to go to top schools without disbursing a cent.
Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Scholarships and Grants
- The AMVETS National Scholarship Program - The AMVETS National Scholarship Program awards military scholarships of $1000 to $12000 to veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves and their children and grandchildren to pursue higher degrees or training.
- Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship - The Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship awards scholarships of $1,000 to $2,500 to past and present women veterans, active duty service members, National Guard and Reserves and all lineal descendents to pursue undergraduate, graduate degrees, community college coursework and certification.
- Pat Tillman Scholarships - Pat Tillman Scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to veterans and active duty members of all branches of the military including the Reserves and National Guard. Up to $10,000 in financial assistance is awarded to Tillaman scholars annually to pursue a full-time, degree-seeking education.
- American Legion Scholarships - American Legion scholarships offer up to $20,000 to children whose parents died on the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 and for children of post-9/11 veterans who present a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or higher. The award can be used for tuition and other expenses for undergraduate and graduate degrees at nonprofit regionally accredited universities.
- Donor Sponsored Scholarshhips - Returning student veterans are eligible to apply for a number of the law school's donor sponsored scholarships.
- Incoming Student Scholarships - New students are automatically considered for the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Merit Scholarships as part of the admissions process.
- The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Supplemental Education Grant provides small awards of $250 for members of the Coast Guard and their family members to help pay for college fees.