Types of Benefits
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) website provides extensive details on the education benefits available to veterans in various statuses, such as vocational/rehabilitation, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and active duty.
The Haas School of Business, as part of the public University of California system, is one of the few top ranked MBA programs in the country that is able to benefit from the expanded Post 9/11 Benefits signed into law in January 2011. Depending on length of qualifying service, veterans can obtain:
- Funding for up to 100% fees (everything except the Nonresident Tuition)
- A monthly housing allowance (determined by the VA Office)
- An annual book stipend up to $1,000
Check out the VA's Benefits Calculator to learn more details about the amounts available to you.
Overview of Process
After admission to the program:
- Request your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA Office.
- Submit your COE, a completed New Veteran Intake Form and Graduate Veterans Education Plan to the university VA Benefits administrator, Michael Cooper, and the Haas Financial Aid Office.
- Ultimately, benefits covering fees will be disbursed to the university when you start your program. Housing allowances and book allowances are disbursed directly to the student.
Yellow Ribbon Program
The Haas School of Business continues to participate in the VA's Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP). Students who believe they qualify for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits (also known as Chapter 33) can be considered.
The Yellow Ribbon Program provides funding for any gap in tuition and fees not already covered by the VA or other fee-specific award. Currently, the only funding gap not covered by the VA for such veterans at UC Berkeley's Full-time MBA program would be for Nonresident tuition ($12,245 per year).
For consideration for YRP funding for 2013-14, please complete the Haas Online Scholarship Application.
Nonresident Tuition Waiver: Sometimes Veterans can secure a tuition waiver which reduces the cost of the program by $12,245 per year. Information specific to military personel is available on the Office of the Registrar website.
Health Care for Dependents: The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is only for individual students, not a spouse or children. However the University Health Services office has reputable options for dependent care coverage, which would be paid for separate from your student bill.
Michael Cooper, VA Benefits Specialist
Office of the Registrar, 120 Sproul Hall
Ph (510) 642-1591, Fax (510) 643-4222