Tuition & Benefits

Your education at Suffolk can be financed in several ways; see which option fits your needs and situation.

Federal Aid

You may be eligible for grants and loans no matter your eligibility for military benefits. You do not have to accept the loans, but there may be forms of aid that you do not have to pay back.

Learn more about applying for federal aid, including information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Undergraduates | Graduate students | Law students

Veterans Benefit Program

The majority of military benefit programs are not built to outright finance your education. The only exception could be the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, also known as the "Yellow Ribbon Program," which pays you the lower of either the actual tuition and fees or the national maximum per year for a private school like Suffolk University (Suffolk is committed to enabling eligible veterans to cover the full cost of tuition, fees, and books in any University degree program.) Please contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to determine if you meet eligibility requirements and to learn more about available benefits. Veterans, dependents, and spouses must apply for educational benefits through the VA. Dependents and spouses wishing to apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill must have the veteran first transfer benefits to them through the TEB form. You can apply for benefits in one of the following two ways:

A premium account will enable you to submit forms, download VA letters, transfer Post-9/11 education benefits, update Direct Deposit and contact information, and apply for disability compensation.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Tuition assistance information for active duty military, by branch:

Once you receive tuition assistance approval, please contact your veteran certifying official.

Institutional Aid

In addition to federal aid and veterans benefits programs, you may apply for grants and scholarships from Suffolk. Students who are eligible for veterans educational benefits which completely cover their tuition costs are typically not eligible for other forms of institutional aid. Please check with the financial aid office for clarification.

More information: Undergraduates | Graduate students | Law students

Veterans/Military Members

Veteran Benefit Information

Suffolk University offers qualified veterans tuition assistance of up to $25,000 per academic year through the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.

Suffolk’s financial commitment—combined with government allowances—enables eligible veterans to cover the full cost of tuition, fees, and books in any University degree program.

Military members, veterans, and their families can learn more about programs and support for veteran students.

About Yellow Ribbon

The Yellow Ribbon program is a supplement to the Post 9/11 GI Bill® that provides education benefits for veterans with at least 36 months of aggregate active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, as well as individuals with at least 30 continuous days of active duty service who have been discharged with a service-connected disability. Candidates must have also received an honorable discharge to qualify for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

Service members have the flexibility to transfer all or part of their earned benefits to family members. Spouses of active duty service members are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon funds, but dependents are eligible whether the service member is active duty or not.

Note

Suffolk University students may be eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon and other VA education benefits programs. In such cases, Suffolk will meet any and all required VA matching funding obligations with institutional student aid dollars. These students may also be eligible for outside scholarships, Federal Direct loans, PLUS, and private loans. Institutional funds will not be awarded to these students to cover costs beyond full tuition and fees.

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018

Suffolk University is compliant with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, section 3679 of title 38.

NOTE: A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

Suffolk University must permit any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to Suffolk University a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
  1. The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
  2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

Suffolk University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

Suffolk University requires the following of their Ch. 31 or 33 students wishing to utilize their educational benefits:

  • Submit a COE or Statement of Benefits by the first day of classes
  • Submit a written request to be certified
  • Provide any additional information needed for certification

Please note: Suffolk University will hold a student responsible for any portion of tuition and other fees not covered by the VA (ex: room & board charges).

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 the official U.S. government Web site.