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How to Apply for your VA Education Benefits

To determine which GI Bill® is to YOUR advantage, please visit the VA website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill   Choose Carefully!
  • Check out the VA's Comparison Tool at:                   http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison_tool.asp  This will help you determine what benefit is best for you and how to apply for it!

    Your initial application for Chapter 30, 33, 35, 1606, 1607 or 31 VA educational benefits can be done online at:  www.vets.gov

     

CHAPTER 33 (POST-9/11 GI BILL®) 

Must have Active Duty Service after September 10, 2001 
Complete VA form 22-1990– Application for VA Education Benefits 
Provide us with a copy of page 4 of your DD-214 and your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) 

CHAPTER 30 (MONTGOMERY GI BILL® - ACTIVE DUTY)

Complete VA form 22-1990 – Application for VA Education Benefits 
Provide us with a copy of page 4 of your DD-214

CHAPTER 31 (VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION & EMPLOYMENT) 

Complete VA form 28-1900 – Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation if: 
  • Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least  10%, or a memorandum rating of  20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)

CHAPTER 35 (DEPENDENTS' EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE)

Complete VA form 22-5490 - Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
Must be done using paper application, this benefit cannot be applied for online at this time.

CHAPTER 1606 (MONTGOMBERY  GI BILL® - SELECTED RESERVES)

Complete VA form 22-1990 – Application for VA Education Benefits  
Provide us with a copy of your “NOBE” (Notice of Basic Eligibility) DD form 2384-1.

PROCESSING TIME

Processing of the initial VA application takes at least 6 to 8 weeks with the VA.
Subsequent certifications usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks.
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