Speech@Emerson FAQs

Program FAQs

Online Experience FAQs

Admissions FAQs

Licensure and Certification FAQs

Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs

Program FAQs

What is Speech@Emerson?

Speech@Emerson is the online Master of Science in Communication Disorders program from Emerson College. The program combines online and in-person learning to bring Emerson’s top-ranked on-campus program to aspiring speech-language pathologists across the US. Our curriculum prepares students to become SLP generalists—students build skills and knowledge to serve clients ranging in age from newborn to elderly.

Is Speech@Emerson accredited?

Yes. Emerson College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as authorized by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. As one of two modalities for our program, Speech@Emerson is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Will my diploma indicate that I earned my degree online?

No. Speech@Emerson features the same curriculum as our on-campus program, so you will receive the same degree as our on-campus students—a Master of Science in Communication Disorders degree from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College.

What is the student-to-teacher ratio?

The student-to-teacher ratio is approximately 15:1.

What sets Emerson’s graduate communication sciences and disorders program apart from other programs?

The Emerson on-campus graduate communication sciences and disorders program is a top-ranked program, and our students have a 100 percent employment rate post-graduation.

Our online program offers students across the country the chance to study the same curriculum as on-campus students and work with the same faculty. As a student in the online program, you will:

  • Prepare to pursue a career as a generalist in the field, able to work with children and adults who experience communication challenges;
  • Understand how to be a reflective-practice clinician, capable of analyzing clinical challenges and problem-solving meaningful solutions;
  • Learn to synthesize knowledge and skills obtained from academic and clinical experiences; and
  • Practice a family-centered approach, which prepares you not only to treat clients, but to support their families and caregivers as well.

How many credits are required to complete the online Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program?

You are required to complete 54 master’s-level credit hours in order to complete the program. Depending on your undergraduate background, you may also be required to complete up to 18 credits of foundational coursework online before transitioning into applied graduate courses.

How many semesters are required to complete the program?

The online program is offered through both a 5-term and 9-term track. On the 5-term track, you can complete the program in as few as 20 months. On the 9-term track, the program can be completed in as few as 36 months. With both the 5-term and 9-term tracks, students are required to complete both academic courses and clinical placements simultaneously across several terms. Clinical placements require students to be available three to five full-time days per week throughout the semester.

Can I work while enrolled?

Due to the demands of the online program, you are not able to work full time. Depending on the track, during certain terms, you may be able to work part time. For either track, it is not possible to work while completing clinical placements because clinical placements require a commitment of three to five full-time days per week for the duration of the term.

Will I be required to visit campus?

You will be required to complete two Thursday–Sunday Immersions at Emerson’s Boston campus, during which you will meet classmates and faculty in person, explore academic labs, participate in research colloquium, and gain hands-on clinical experience in the Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center.

With this degree, where might I expect to work?

Speech@Emerson prepares you to be a generalist in the field, giving you the ability to work with clients facing communication challenges. SLPs work in settings that include schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies, private practices, and early intervention programs. More information can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Online Experience FAQs

What are the online courses like through Speech@Emerson?

The Emerson online curriculum is delivered through a mixture of live classes and interactive coursework.

As a Speech@Emerson student, you will attend weekly classes by logging in to the online campus. Classes are face to face, with professors and students appearing on-screen. They are kept small, capped at approximately 15 students, to foster discussion and collaboration between students and faculty.

Coursework—lectures, simulations, discussions, tests, and quizzes—can be accessed 24/7 through the online platform from anywhere with an internet connection. Coursework is completed in preparation for the next week’s live class session, creating discussion-based, seminar-style classes.

Will I be able to build relationships with faculty and other students?

The Emerson community is close and tight-knit, and as an online student you will benefit from the support of joining forward-thinking faculty and classmates who will treat you like a colleague. You will use the online campus to connect with your classmates, a diverse group of people living all over the country, for study groups and social meetups, like happy hours. You can also schedule one-on-ones with your professors during online office hours.

When you graduate, you and your classmates will be invited to walk in Emerson’s commencement on our Boston campus.

What if I am having trouble with my technology?

You will be assigned a dedicated student support advisor who will help you acclimate to the online learning environment and answer any questions you may have along the way. During all live class sessions, technology support is available in the online classroom to address any technological issues that may arise.

What other services are available to online students?

You will have access to the same services as on-campus students, such as the library, career services, and the alumni network.

Admissions FAQs

Do I need an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders to apply to Speech@Emerson?

No. Our online master’s program welcomes motivated students from a range of academic backgrounds.

Are there prerequisite course requirements?

Yes. Depending on your academic background, you may be required to take up to 18 foundational course credits before you begin master’s-level courses. We offer all of these courses online. For more information about these courses, see our Course Catalogue.

I have not completed the foundational courses. Can I still apply to the program?

Yes. If you have not fulfilled the foundational course requirements, you may still be admitted to the program, and you will be required to complete all necessary courses before you begin the applied master’s-level coursework. We offer all foundational courses online.

Do I need to submit standardized test scores?

Yes, GRE scores are required. Emerson’s school code is 4081. GRE waivers are available for applicants who already hold a graduate degree. You can contact an admissions counselor to see if you are eligible for a GRE waiver.

If you are not a native English speaker, you will also be required to submit TOEFL scores.

Can I request that my transcripts be sent electronically?

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institution(s) you attended, ask to have your transcript(s) sent to appsvcs@speech.emerson.edu. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

Do I need to complete an interview?

Yes. In order to receive an admissions decision, you will participate in an interview with a member of the admissions team that will be recorded and included in your completed application. The interview will be scheduled once you have submitted your online application.

What is the application fee?

You will need to submit a nonrefundable $75 application fee along with your completed application.

I am not a US citizen or permanent resident. Can I apply?

We are not currently offering the program to international applicants.

I am a US citizen living abroad. Can I apply?

Due to the difficulty of locating appropriate field placements internationally, US citizens living abroad are ineligible for the online program. However, applicants who will be living in the United States before their desired cohort starts may apply.

Can I speak with an admissions counselor to learn more about the program before I apply?

You can contact an admissions counselor at any time to discuss the program. The admissions team can be reached at Phone Number:+1-855-997-0407 or admissions@speech.emerson.edu. We also host online admissions events to provide prospective students with more information about the program.

Can I apply to both the on-campus program and Speech@Emerson at the same time?

No. Students can only apply to either Speech@Emerson or the on-campus program. If students are not admitted to either Speech@Emerson or the on-campus program, they must wait one year before reapplying to either program.

Licensure and Certification FAQs

Which types of certification or licensure will I need once I earn my degree?

After graduating from your master’s program, you will need state licensure to practice as a speech-language pathologist. As each state has different requirements regarding licensure, it is important to check your state’s specific education and licensure requirements. Depending on your location, you may need to fulfill additional post-graduate requirements in order to become licensed.

State-by-state licensure requirements can be found on the ASHA website. Students are also encouraged to check with their state licensing boards for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

How do I obtain my Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) once I graduate from the program?

Speech@Emerson graduates are eligible to begin their Clinical Fellowship (CF) year, which is the first step graduating students take toward obtaining the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). Additional details about the CF year can be found on the ASHA website.

If you have any additional questions about Speech@Emerson, reach out to our admissions team at Phone Number:+1-855-997-0407 or via email at admissions@speech.emerson.edu.

Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs

Tuition and Billing

How much does the Speech@Emerson program cost?

Tuition is based on the number of credits for which you register. Current tuition rates can be found on the Speech@Emerson website.

Are there additional fees on top of tuition (lab fees, program fees, etc.)?

There is a $30 registration fee assessed on top of tuition per term. There will be requirements that students enrolling into their applied graduate coursework will need to fulfill and pay for, such as:

  • $150 packet of test protocols for academic and clinical coursework that will be used throughout the applied portion of the program
  • $85 Calipso fee that will enable you to track and document clock hours throughout your program
  • $120 to complete the health and background checks through CastleBranch in preparation for your clinical placements and Immersion on the Emerson Boston campus

How much is the enrollment deposit?

There is a $400 nonrefundable enrollment deposit.

Can I use financial aid to pay my deposit?

No, financial aid cannot be utilized to pay the deposit.

Is the deposit required to be paid before I can receive my award package?

No, your financial award will be made available after you have filed the FAFSA, have been admitted into the program, and have scheduled your courses.

How does billing work?

You will be billed via TouchNet with access through Emerson Student Portal (eCommon). Information regarding your bill can be found on the Emerson student accounts page.

When will my aid be applied to my bill, and how long after the start of classes will I be able to see financial aid funds applied to my account?

Your anticipated aid will be applied to your bill, but your funds will not disburse to your student account until after the start of classes. Once we have verified your enrollment, which will occur one week from the start of classes, we will be able to disburse funds for most students. Some students in foundational courses may not be able to receive funds until their second seven-week course commences.

How do I pay my bill?

Students can pay online via their TouchNet student account.

How does my employer go about paying the school?

Students can contact the Office of Billing and Student Accounts regarding any special employee reimbursement.

Does the school offer payment plan options?

Students can use the Higher One tuition payment plan to spread their semester costs over four monthly payments per semester (August 1–November 1, January 1–April 1).

What is the process if I’m eligible for a refund?

You will be required to complete direct deposit forms in order to receive your refund electronically.

Who can I contact at Emerson for billing questions?

Contact the Office of Billing and Student Accounts at Phone Number:+1-617-824-8655.

Financial Aid at Emerson

Are scholarships available for this program?

Scholarships may be available for eligible students enrolling in the program. Speak with your admissions counselor to learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Are there any school-specific supplemental financial aid forms I need to complete?

There are no supplemental financial aid forms. However, if you plan to apply for federal student aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and entrance counseling, and electronically sign the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN) in order for your loans to disburse. Complete loan counseling at StudentLoans.gov.

Where can I see any outstanding requirements needed to complete my financial aid application?

You can see any missing requirements listed on your Financial Aid Checklist in your Admissions Portal.

How do I submit missing documents?

You may upload any missing documents into your Financial Aid Checklist through the Admissions Portal.

How will I receive my financial aid award letter?

When your financial aid letter is completed and ready for your review, and you have received your username and password, you will receive an email notification to log in and check your Emerson College Admissions Portal.

How do I accept my student loans?

Once you have submitted your deposit, you will receive access to our student portal, eCommon. There, you will be able to accept or decline your student loans.

Am I required to accept the full amount that I am offered on my award letter?

No, graduate students can accept or decline any portion of their Federal Direct Loan.

Does my Direct Loan eligibility cover the entire cost of the program?

While the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan by itself may not cover the entire cost of the program, graduate students have the ability to apply for additional funds in the form of Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans or alternative loans.

Can I use loans to cover additional expenses (housing, books, supplies, etc.)?

Yes. Provided the total amount of financial aid for a given semester exceeds the amount of direct institutional charges for that semester, you will have the ability to request the excess funds in the form of a refund. Note: Refunds cannot be requested until after the funds have officially disbursed to your account. The disbursement will occur during the week following the end of the Add/Drop period, once we have verified that you are attending class(es).

Can I use loans to cover immersion expenses?

If you have eligibility for additional loan funds/refund, you are able to use those resources to cover immersion expenses. However, the school determines when loans will disburse and when refunds are issued.

What can I expect in terms of immersion costs?

Students can expect to pay their own travel, lodging, and food costs when traveling to campus for their Immersions.

How are loans disbursed by term?

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans are split evenly across the semesters of a given academic year.

Who can I contact at Emerson for financial aid questions?

For questions regarding financial aid, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid at Phone Number:+1-617-824-8655 or finaid@emerson.edu.

Foundational Courses

If I am required to take foundational courses, am I eligible for federal aid?

Yes. Once you file the FAFSA, are admitted to the program, and have scheduled courses, Emerson will provide you with an estimated award. You will receive your formal offer of aid once the financial aid office is able to determine your cost of attendance based on the number of courses for which you are registered.

How many credits are required to receive aid for foundational courses?

You must be enrolled in at least 4 credits to be eligible for financial aid in foundational courses.

How do I apply for federal student aid for foundational courses?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with Emerson’s school code: 002146. Complete entrance counseling and electronically sign the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the Department of Education website.

How much aid am I eligible for?

You are potentially eligible for up to $20,500 for the semester in Federal Direct Loans. You will need to be registered for at least 4 course credits in the term(s) for which you are enrolled in foundational courses. In addition, students may also apply for Graduate PLUS Loans up to their Cost of Attendance (COA).

When will my loan disburse for the foundational term?

Funds will disburse after the start of the session for which you are registered.

Why do I have to wait until the second seven-week course to receive my financial aid disbursement to my student account?

In order to be eligible for financial aid in foundational (prerequisite) courses, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credits. If you are enrolled in fewer than 6 credits in the first seven-week course, your federal financial aid will not disburse until the second seven-week course commences.

Applied Graduate Courses

If I have finished my foundational coursework, or I was not required to complete any, how do I apply for financial aid for applied graduate courses?

The FAFSA you submitted for aid for the foundational term may be used to establish your eligibility for aid for the applied graduate terms as well.

If you were not required to take foundational courses, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with Emerson's school code: 002146. Complete entrance counseling and electronically sign the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the Department of Education website.

Note: Once your FAFSA is received by Emerson, your financial aid award will include graduate federal loans.

What is the minimum number of credits required to receive federal student aid?

You must be enrolled in at least 4 credits to receive federal student aid for that semester.

What are the graduate federal loan amounts?

Graduate students are permitted to borrow up to $20,500 in a Direct Unsubsidized Loan each academic year. In addition, students may also apply for Graduate PLUS Loans up to their Cost of Attendance (COA).

Once admitted, how long will it take to receive my financial aid award package?

You will receive a financial aid notification after you have fulfilled all requirements and completed your registration.

How long after the start of classes will I be able to see financial aid funds applied to my account?

Once we have verified your enrollment, which will occur one week from the start of classes, we will be able to disburse funds for most students. Some students in foundational (prerequisite) courses may not be able to receive funds until their second seven-week course commences.

FAFSA

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application the Department of Education uses to determine if you are eligible to receive federal student aid.

Where can I find the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is available online at FAFSA.ed.gov. The FAFSA is a FREE application; you will not be asked to pay.

What is Emerson's FAFSA school code?

The Emerson College FAFSA school code is 002146.

Do I need my parents’ tax information to complete the FAFSA if I live on my own?

If you are applying for graduate school, you are considered an independent student and do not need to include your parents’ information to complete the FAFSA.

What is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the amount that you are expected to contribute toward your educational costs as an undergraduate/dependent student. Graduate and professional students are considered independent for the purpose of federal student aid; therefore, income and need are not analyzed in order to be eligible, and you are not required to report parental information on the FAFSA.

When should I complete the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is available every October for the upcoming academic year. If you are planning to use federal student aid, you should complete your FAFSA while applying for admission. The FAFSA must be completed each academic year in order to remain eligible for federal student aid.

 

Reference the chart below to determine which FAFSA to complete based on your desired start date:

Admissions Events
Start Term FAFSA Year
September 2019 Fall 2019 2019—2020
January 2020 Spring 2020 2019—2020
May 2020 Summer 2020 2020—2021
September 2020 Fall 2020 2020—2021

What constitutes an academic year for federal student aid?

An academic year is the year for which financial aid is used to fund your education. Generally, this is the 12-month period that begins on July 1 of one year and ends on June 30 of the following year.

What federal student aid is available to graduate students?

The types of federal student aid graduate students are eligible to apply for include the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Learn more about the types of federal student aid.

Will I need to fill out the FAFSA each year?

Yes, you will need to complete the FAFSA for each academic year in which you plan on applying for federal student aid.

Why am I not eligible for the Pell Grant or Federal Subsidized Loan?

The Department of Education awards Federal Pell Grants and Subsidized Loans to eligible undergraduate students who have not yet completed their bachelor’s degrees and who demonstrate financial need. The Department of Education does not evaluate need nor income for loans at the graduate/professional level. Therefore, graduate students are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant nor the Direct Subsidized Loan.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

What criteria is used to determine eligibility for federal student aid?

The Direct Unsubsidized Loan is not based on income. In order to apply for federal student aid, you must:

  • Be a US citizen or eligible noncitizen,
  • Have a valid SSN,
  • Be registered with Selective Service (males ages 18–25),
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree program,
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program,
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress,
  • Not currently be in default on previous student loans borrowed through FSA, and
  • Not have exceeded the maximum aggregate loan limit.

Learn more about federal student aid eligibility criteria at StudentAid.ed.gov.

What if I am currently in default or have defaulted on a prior federal student loan?

Visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and contact your lender for details on how to clear the default. Students in default are not eligible for additional federal loans until the default is cleared.

What are the graduate federal loan amounts?

Graduate students are permitted to borrow up to $20,500 in a Direct Unsubsidized Loan each academic year. In addition, students may also apply for Graduate PLUS Loans up to their Cost of Attendance budget determined by Emerson College.

What is the aggregate loan limit?

The aggregate loan limit is the total amount that you may borrow for undergraduate and graduate study. In addition to borrowing limitations based on the cost of attendance for the program, students are limited in terms of lifetime borrowing. The aggregate loan limit for all federal loans, including undergraduate and graduate study, is $138,500. You can learn more about aggregate loan amounts on the Federal Student Aid website.

How do I find out if I am near my aggregate loan limit?

You may visit the National Student Loan Data System website to view your federal student loan borrowing history. Please note that private education loans are not listed on this site.

What is the difference between a Direct Unsubsidized Loan and a Direct Subsidized Loan?

Direct Subsidized Loans are available to undergraduate students with financial need. The US Department of Education pays the interest on subsidized loans while students are enrolled in their undergraduate program. Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students; there is no requirement to demonstrate financial need. The Unsubsidized Loan begins accruing interest as soon as funds are disbursed. Learn more about the difference between unsubsidized and subsidized loans.

How much am I eligible for in the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?

Most graduate-level students are potentially eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year as a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Learn more about graduate annual loan limits.

How do I apply for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?

To apply for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

What is the current Direct Unsubsidized Loan interest rate?

The interest rate is determined at the beginning of each academic year and is available on the Federal Student Aid website.

Are there any additional loan fees for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?

There is a loan origination fee that is a percentage of the total loan amount. The loan origination fee is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement you receive. Information on Unsubsidized Loan origination fees can be found on the Interest Rates and Fees page of the Federal Student Aid website.

Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

What is the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federal loan that graduate or professional degree students can use to help pay education expenses that exceed the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Learn about Direct PLUS Loans.

What are the eligibility criteria to apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is based on credit history. In order to be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a US citizen or eligible noncitizen,
  • Have a valid SSN,
  • Be registered with Selective Service (males age 18–25),
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree program,
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program,
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress,
  • Not currently be in default on previous student loans borrowed through FSA,
  • Not have exceeded the maximum aggregate loan limit, and
  • Not have an adverse credit history.

Do Direct PLUS Loans affect my aggregate loan limit?

Only Direct Subsidized/Direct Unsubsidized Loans (formerly referred to as Stafford Loans) and federal loans made through the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program count toward your aggregate loan limit.

What are the credit criteria to receive the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

One of the eligibility requirements to receive a Graduate PLUS Loan is that you must not have an adverse credit history. A credit check is performed to determine whether a Graduate PLUS Loan applicant meets this requirement. A list of what constitutes "adverse credit history" can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

How much can I borrow from the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

If approved for the Grad PLUS Loan, you can borrow up to the cost of attendance as determined by Emerson College.

When can I apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

You can apply for the Graduate PLUS Loan within 180 days prior to the start of your program or once you are enrolled.

How do I apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

In order to apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS loan, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have completed the FAFSA, you can apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan by completing the credit application on the Federal Student Aid website. You must also complete the Graduate PLUS Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN).

Once Emerson processes the loan, you will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid indicating that your financial aid award has been revised. Please note that Emerson will not be able to process your PLUS Loan until after you have accepted the full amount of Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you are eligible for. You will receive disclosure statements and repayment information from Direct Loan Applicant Services.

What are my options if I'm denied the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

If you are denied the Graduate PLUS Loan, you may reapply with an endorser or follow instructions on the Department of Education's website to appeal the denial.

What is the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan current interest rate?

The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan interest rate is determined at the beginning of each academic year, and is available on the Federal Student Aid website.

Are there any additional loan fees for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

There is a loan origination fee that is a percentage of the total loan amount. The loan origination fee is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement you receive. Information on PLUS Loan origination fees can be found on the Interest Rates and Fees page of the Federal Student Aid website.

Loan Repayment

Do I have to repay my student loans while I’m in school?

You are not required to pay on your student loans while you are in school for as long as you are enrolled at least half time. Your unsubsidized loan will go into repayment six months after you graduate, fall below half-time status, take a leave of absence, or withdraw from the program.

When do I have to repay my loan?

After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you will have a six-month grace period before you are required to begin repayment. During this period, you'll receive repayment information from your loan servicer, and you will be notified of your first payment due date. Payments are usually due monthly.

You are not required to pay while in school, however if you choose to, there is no penalty to prepay. Learn more about repayment timelines.

What are the repayment plan options, and how do I select one?

The Department of Education (DOE) offers multiple options for repayment. You may visit the DOE website for more information on loan repayment plans.

Is there a repayment calculator or estimator that I can use?

Yes, visit the DOE website for repayment calculators.

Can I consolidate my graduate loans and my undergraduate loans?

A Direct Consolidation Loan allows you to consolidate (combine) multiple federal education loans into one loan including both graduate and undergraduate loans. The result is a single monthly payment instead of multiple payments. Learn more about loan consolidation.

Are there any loan forgiveness options available?

Please review the Department of Education website for more information on federal loan forgiveness programs.

Military Education Benefits

How do I apply for military education benefits?

To begin the process of applying for military education benefits for which you are eligible, visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs website.

What documents are required to process military education benefits?

Visit Vets.gov to complete the Education Benefits Application, which generates a request for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Once approved for benefits, the VA will mail the COE to you within six to eight weeks of submitting the application.

What is the difference between active and non-active duty?

Active duty means in the military full time and is not currently eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP). Non-active duty means not currently serving or no longer serving in any capacity of military service of the United states and is eligible for YRP if at 100 percent per the COE.

What are the eligibility factors for the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

You are potentially eligible if you have at least 90 days of aggregate active-duty service after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

What are the current tuition and fee payment rate and the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)?

The tuition and fee payment rate and MHA are determined at the beginning of each military academic year on August 1. The current rate table is located on the Education and Training page of the US Department of Veterans Affairs site.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows degree-granting private colleges and universities in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the annual maximum cap for the resident tuition and fees at public institutions. Veterans who are utilizing Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and who are entitled to 100 percent of their benefit may be eligible.

To participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, you must be using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at 100 percent eligibility, not be on active duty, and not be a military spouse. There are a limited number of Yellow Ribbon awards available. Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Does Emerson participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Emerson College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and does not cap the number of students who may receive Yellow Ribbon funds. Yellow Ribbon funds can only be granted to a student once all Chapter 33 post-9/11 funds have been exhausted for the academic year.

The Yellow Ribbon award will cover any remaining tuition and fees charged to the student (excluding room and board). In most cases, a student will only receive Yellow Ribbon funds in the spring semester.

Who can I contact at Emerson for questions about using military education benefits?

For questions regarding your military benefits, you may contact Jackie Pastor by phone at Phone Number:+1-617-824-8928, ext. 8928, or via email at jaclyn_pastor@emerson.edu or veterans@emerson.edu.

Tax Benefits for Education

How do I qualify for a tuition tax credit?

For details on tax benefits for education, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Higher Education, which provides detailed information. Emerson College is unable to provide tax advice. We urge you to contact your tax advisor or the IRS at Phone Number: 800-829-1040 or www.irs.gov if you have any questions regarding the HOPE or Lifetime Learning Tax Credits.

What is the 1098-T form?

It is an informational form filed by Emerson College with the Internal Revenue Service to report the amounts billed to you for qualified tuition, related expenses, and other related information. The primary purpose of IRS Form 1098‐T is to inform you that we have provided this required information to the IRS.

What information is included in the 1098-T form?

Form 1098-T reports amounts paid for qualified tuition, scholarships and grants processed in 2018 to students enrolled in courses at Emerson College for which they receive academic credit. The information reported on the 1098-T form helps students evaluate whether they are eligible for an educational tax credit.