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GI Bill Application Process

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The application process for the Post-9/11 GI Bill is actually no different from other recent versions. But there are some subtle details you should be aware of.

When applying for the Post-9/11 GI Bill you need to be aware that choosing the Post-9/11 means permanently forfeiting any future claims to the older programs. There are several factors to consider when making this decision - click here to learn more.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Application Video: Getting Started Using GI Bill Benefits

In general there are two ways to apply for your GI Bill benefits - online or by mail. The following steps will help you through the process and help you know what to expect.

Steps for Applying Online:

Step One: Go to the VA's VETS.GOV website and follow instructions and prompts..

Step Two: Wait for VA to process your application and notify you of its decision concerning your eligibility for education benefits. You should receive Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in approximately 30 days depending on the VA's backlog.

Step Three: Once you receive your COE, give it your school's GI Bill certifying official. At this point your school's GI Bill certifying official will process the Enrollment Verification form VA Form 22-1999. This step can be completed at the same time as your application if you have already chosen a school.

Once the process is completed and classes begin, you will begin receiving a monthly housing allowance (if eligible) at the end of the month. Your book stipend will be sent near the beginning of each term. The payment amounts are based on the following criteria:

    • Time on active duty since 9/10/2001
    • Number of units being taken
    • Type of classes (Classroom, Online or Both)
    • ZIP code of the school
    • Current duty status

Your school will begin receiving payments for tuition and fees. This direct payment will be sent shortly after the beginning of each term.

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