When do we apply for benefits at Howard?
Using benefits at Howard is called certification. A questionnaire to ask for certification of benefits will be posted on this website prior to the end of the preceding semester. You should complete the questionnaire as soon as you are enrolled in classes.
When will we receive stipend money for the semester?
Money will be distributed on first of the month following the first day of classes for all students enrolled. Chapter 33 students may receive a book stipend earlier than this. Please note that to ensure a timely disbursement of funds, students must submit the Certification Questionnaire for the semester for which they wish to be certified as soon as they are registered for classes. Certification can happen up to 120 days before the first day of class.
Students who are certified late in the semester may experience a delay in their benefits.
After students receive their initial payment, the VA will distribute their stipends or Monthly Housing Allowance each month for the prior month (in arrears).
How do I request accommodations through Disability Services?
You can request accommodations by going to the website below:
Howard University Disability Services
What are the different benefits that can be used at Howard University?
Veterans and military-connected students can use a variety of different benefits. While a detailed list of all benefits can be found on the VA's website, below are some of the most used benefits and some information about each one.
Chapter 33 beneficiaries receive a book stipend, a monthly housing allowance, and payment towards tuition and fees.
Chapter 35 beneficiaries receive a monthly stipend.
Chapter 1606 beneficiaries receive a monthly stipend.
Chapter 30 beneficiaries receive a monthly stipend.
Chapter 31 beneficiaries can receive a book stipend, tuition and fee support, a monthly stipend, and other support based on their VRE counselor's recommendations.
What do I get paid each month?
The VA provides a list of rates on all benefits. You can access it here.
You can also learn more by using the Comparison Tool.
Where do I go if I need help?
For Howard University questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Megan Kennedy at (202) 238-2422. Megan encourages emails as she can access those anywhere!
For VA questions concerning MHA (Monthly Housing Allowance) or stipends, you can call the VA Educational Benefits helpline at (888) 442-4551.
You can also answer many of your questions by going to the VA website, or using the new Ask VA tool online.
What is a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)?
When a student informs the VA that they wish to use their benefits at Howard University, the VA provides a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). This is necessary for Howard University to properly process your benefits. All students receiving benefits must have a COE on file. Chapter 31 students must ensure that their VR&E counselor has sent a Purchase Order (PO) to Howard for Tuition & Fees as well as to the Howard Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) for books and supplies.
If you need a replacement Certificate of Eligibility, you can use one the new Ask VA tool online or call the VA Educational Benefits helpline at (888) 442-4551.
What is the Yellow Ribbon program and does Howard participate in it?
The Yellow Ribbon program is a program that helps pay tuition and fees that Howard University does not cover. While Chapter 33 benefits will pay all tuition and fees for public schools, there is a cap for private schools. Students are responsible for paying what Chapter 33 benefits does not. The Yellow Ribbon program is a program that schools can opt into that helps close that gap. Schools can elect to pay a certain amount (and the VA will match that amount) or the school can split the entire cost left over with the VA. You can learn more about the Yellow Ribbon program here.
While Howard University is currently enrolled in the Yellow Ribbon program, its support is limited to students enrolled in graduate certificates. We are working to change this.
What happens if I drop a class after add/drop?
Notify us at email@example.com as soon as you officially drop a class though BisonWeb or your advisor. The implications of dropping a class can vary based on your benefits. For all benefits, you should try to stay a full-time student. For undergraduate programs, full-time status means taking at least 12 hours. For graduate programs, full-time status means taking at least 9 hours. If you drop below full time status, your benefits will change.
If you add or drop after you have already started receiving benefits, you may owe the VA money, so think carefully before dropping a class.
Here is some additional information on dropping classes, mitigating circumstances, and the 6-credit-hour exclusion.
Does Howard University accept Tuition Assistance?
Tuition Assistance is a way for active duty servicemembers and reservists to receive tuition support while enrolled in classes. Howard is not currently eligible to accept Tuition Assistance, but the University is working on this for immediate eligibility.
I'm a veteran applying to go to Howard. Is there a special application process?
All prospective students use the same process for application regardless of veteran status. You can find application instructions here. If you are interested in a particular program and wish to learn more about it, we recommend that you reach out to the Department Chair and request more information.
What is Work Study?
There are two different types of work study programs available to veterans and military-connected students.
- Federal Work Study is available through Howard University to all students who qualify. Qualification is based on your financial package and requires you to fill out a FAFSA. Any position through this office will be posted on Handshake with all other positions.
- VA Work Study is exclusively for veterans and military-connected students who receive Chapter 33, 35, 30, 1606, or 31. More information can be found here. Howard is a VA Work Study site.