Veterans & Active Service Members Welcome

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We welcome veteran and active service applicants who are considering our Master of Computer Science Online Program. Computer science provides significant opportunities for career growth, and we are committed to providing a supportive environment for qualified applicants to the Program.

Rice values the unique perspectives and skills that veterans possess, and we provide dedicated services to ensure veterans have the opportunity to thrive while furthering their education.

Military and Veterans Benefits

Whether you are an active-duty service member, veteran, or military spouse or family member, you may be eligible for benefits that can help make earning your Master of Computer Science more affordable. While your benefits may vary based on your individual circumstances, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the most common option.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you can receive funding that includes tuition and fee coverage for up to 36 months, a monthly housing allowance while you are enrolled, and as much as $1,000 a year for books and supplies. The majority of students who are eligible to receive veterans benefits utilize the Post 9/11 GI Bill.


You may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill if the following are true:

  • You have at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty;

  • You are an honorably discharged veteran; or

  • You were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days of active-duty service.

The percentage of eligibility ranges from 40 percent to 100 percent. To determine your percentage of eligibility, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a component of the Post 9/11 GI Bill that allows institutions to enter into a voluntary agreement with the VA. It is designed to help you fund the tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill annual allotment. In addition, you may also receive funding toward a monthly housing allowance, books and supplies.


To be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, you must:

  • Be 100 percent eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and

  • Not be on active duty or a spouse of an active-duty member

Additional Considerations

As you research the education benefits that may be available to you, it’s important to keep the following in mind:

  • Funding cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

  • To determine your eligibility and get started, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

  • To apply for benefits, you will need the following documentation: Certificate of (Honorable) Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214), if discharged from active service; Certificate of Eligibility (COE); and your military transcript. To request your COE, you will need to complete the Education Benefits Application

Learn more about your Veteran Education Benefits.