Veteran’s Affairs

We are a Yellow Ribbon Program participant and proud to welcome veterans and their dependents on our programs. Programs of SIT Graduate Institute are approved by the Vermont State Approving Agency. Students who have served in the United States armed forces may apply for benefits through the GI Bill® or other educational benefits. For additional information, please contact the SIT Registrar’s Office ([email protected]) or visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website at

Protected by the Colmery Act Section 103 38 U.S. Code § 3679, any covered individual is permitted to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or 33 (a certificate of eligibility can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) website—eBenefits, or VA 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.

SIT 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 of funding from VA under Chapter 31 or 33.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) provides that any student whose absence from an institution of higher education is necessitated by reason of service in the armed services shall be entitled to readmission upon return from military service without an application if:

  • the cumulative length of the absence does not exceed five years;
  • the student submits a notification of intent to re-enroll to the registrar; and
  • the student’s service did not end in dishonorable or bad conduct discharge or dismissal.