Graduate Student Funding and Support

Graduate Student Veteran Benefits

Brown continues its commitment to veterans by collaborating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.

Brown continues its commitment to veterans by collaborating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.

Post 911 GI Bill® Benefits

Effective August 1, 2021, benefits include:

  • Up to $26,042 annually towards the cost of a private institution's tuition and fees
  • A monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to an E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the school
  • Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year

To determine if you are eligible for this program, visit Brown's Office of Military-Affiliated Students or contact the VA.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Students who are receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits may also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

  • Brown will continue to support a limited number of eligible graduate Yellow Ribbon recipients for the academic year 2020-21. (This support applies to eligible veterans or dependents of eligible veterans.) In 2021-2022, there will be support for 10 students in the Graduate School, 3 graduate students in the division of Bio-Med, 2 medical students, and 16 School of Professional Studies students on a first-come, first-served basis. This is determined by the date a veteran or an eligible dependent’s Certificate of Eligibility (for veterans) or the Transfer of Entitlement (for dependents of veterans) is received by the individual divisions.
  • Graduate students are required to submit their documentation to the Graduate School. Medical students are required to submit their documentation to the Alpert Medical School. SPS students are required to submit their documentation to the School of Professional Studies.
  • Maximum funding would vary if a student is enrolled less than full-time.
  • Brown’s contribution for each eligible executive masters Yellow Ribbon recipient will be up to $7,500 annually. The amount may vary depending upon timing of the start and end dates of the program in relation to the VA fiscal year.

The Process

  1. Students must be an admitted or currently enrolled student in a degree program.
  2. Students must apply for benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  3. Students must forward a Certificate of Eligibility or the Transfer of Entitlement from the VA to the required department mentioned above.

Additional Information

  • 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.
  • For questions related to eligibility and veteran support, visit the Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs website.
  • For questions related to VA funding for Master’s or PhD programs, contact the Graduate School at 401-863-2600 or [email protected].
  • For questions related to VA funding for School of Professional Studies (SPS) Master’s programs, you can contact them at 401-863-2700 or [email protected].
  • For questions related to VA funding for medical school students, contact the Medical School Office of Financial Aid at 401-863-5113 or [email protected].
  • For assistance in obtaining a certification of enrollment at Brown, contact the Registrar’s Office at 401-863-2500 or [email protected]

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.