If you haven't used your GI Bill benefits yet, you may be put off by the application process. Fear not - if you follow the 4 easy steps, you'll find that the process is simple and painless.
The application process for receiving your monthly GI Bill benefits is much simpler than you may think. Depending on the school you are applying to, the process could take you 4 steps, or less!
Find and apply to a college or university that is approved for VA training or education. If you are not clear on this point, VA will inform you and the school or company about the requirements.
Note: Most regionally and nationally accredited colleges and universities have programs that are approved by the VA.
In most cases the school will send your application along with their paperwork to the VA regional office with jurisdiction over the State or area where you will train. This will expedite the process. However if you have not found a school yet, you can still apply for your VA Eligibility Determination by mailing your completed VA Form 22-1990 to your VA Regional Office.
Within 4-8 (sometimes longer) weeks you should receive a declaration of eligibility and a letter explaining your VA GI Bill benefits. Keep in mind that it is not uncommon to get a letter from the VA requesting more information. You will have to answer VAs requests to be determined eligible and complete the process.
Attend classes, start learning and enjoying your GI Bill benefits.