Military funding

Learning and funding for service members

Important information about programme approvals for Veterans Affairs 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has advised that there are considerable delays with programme approvals for foreign Schools due to the protracted nature of the assessment.

Programme approval requests submitted by the LSE to the Department of Veterans Affairs in the 2021/2 academic year with approval outcome:

  • MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies [Approved]
  • MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change [Approved]
  • MSc Gender [Approved]
  • MSc in International Relations [Denied]
  • Executive MSc in Evaluation of Health Care Interventions and Outcomes [Approved]
  • MSc in International Political Economy [Approved]

2022/23 Academic Year

There are no guarantees that a programme will be approved, if you require Veterans Benefits to pay for your tuition and cost of living, we would strongly recommend that you do not enrol and seek a deferral until you receive confirmation that your programme has been approved and is therefore eligible for benefits. 

Veterans affairs eligibility 


  • Online certificate courses offered by The London School of Economics and Political Science are ineligible for approval for the use of VA education benefits.
  • To be considered for approval, programs offered outside the U.S. must lead to a standard college degree or its equivalent. (Degree-equivalency is based on comparability to a degree program offered by public degree-granting school in your country.)
  • Programs which lead solely to vocational diplomas or professional certifications are not eligible for approval.
  • Different approval restrictions apply to accredited and non-accredited programs. During the application review[Undertaken by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, programs will be classified as either accredited or non-accredited. To be categorised as accredited, the program (or the entire institution) must be accredited by a “nationally recognised” accrediting agency. In this context, only accrediting agencies recognised by the U.S. Department of Education are considered “nationally recognised”. The list of nationally recognised accredited agencies is available at

Veterans affairs application process

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers education benefits to qualifying students.

Eligible:The LSE process the post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

In order to have your VA loan processed we require the following documentation:

  • Request for course approval if not listed on the VA site
  • Copy of your eligibility letter that you receive from the VA
  • Your full social security number (SSN)
  • Your LSE student ID number

After your application has been processed:

  • The funds will be electronically transferred from the VA to the LSE, we will deduct institutional charges first and pay you any surplus. 
  • Once cleared you will be able to see the details on your Finance Hub account

Ineligible:We are unable to process Yellow Ribbon Benefits

Please note: we are unable to certify any student any earlier than 120 days before the start of that academic year.

For further information please click here 

Segal Americorps Education Award

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by individuals who complete terms of national service in approved AmeriCorps programs.

Eligible students must complete an application online, the LSE will receive a notification once you have completed this step, at this stage we will review and validate.

For further information please click here

ELCAS: Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

The MOD’s Scheme promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces.

Eligible: Approved ELCAS requests in accordance with the MOD

 In order to have your ELCAS payment request processed we require the following documentation:

  • Your authorised claim letter with number (for each year)
  • Your Full name
  • Your LSE student ID number

For further information please click here