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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides educational benefits to help veterans pay for college and training programs through the following benefits:
Learn more about VA Education and Training Benefits on the federal website here.
VA Education and Training Benefits include payment/money for:
The amount of financial assistance you can receive from enrollment in the program depends on:
The GI Bill benefits are limited to 36 months. Check out the current rates for Education and Training Benefits here.
To be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you must either:
To be eligible for Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty benefits, you must be represented by any of the four categories listed here.
To be eligible for Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserve benefits, you must meet the following requirements:
You must also either have agreed to serve six years in the reserve or agreed to serve six additional years after completing your initial service obligation.
To be eligible for the Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program, you must have:
There are additional VEAP requirements if you served in the Air Force, which you can find here.
Learn more about education eligibility requirements here.
If you wish to apply for VA Education and Training Benefits, you will need to complete the following three steps:
Check out the documents needed with your application here.
To apply online, you will need to answer some questions here and you will be automatically redirected to the proper digital application.
To apply by mail, call (888) 442-4551 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET to request the VA send you an application. Complete the application and mail it to the local regional claims processing office, which you can find here.
To apply in person, you can visit your local VA regional office. Find your closest VA location here.
Offices may be closed due to COVID-19, but you can still work with an accredited representative over the phone or through the online customer service tool. Click here to learn more about getting help with your claim.
If you need help with your application, call the VA’s toll-free education hotline at (888) 442-4551 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 ET.
It can take about 30 days to process your application. You can check your claim status online by logging into your account here. To check your status online, you will need to sign into one of the following existing accounts:
You can contact the VA regional office where you sent your application if you applied by mail. Find VA office location and contact information here.
You can also call the VA’s toll-free hotline at (888) 442-4551 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 ET.
If the VA approves your application, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which is an award letter you bring to the VA certifying official at your school or training facility. Depending on which VA Education and Training Benefits you applied for, you may receive payments at one time or monthly.
You may need to notify the VA of personal changes, such as:
You can update your profile information online by signing into your existing DS Logon, My HealtheVet or ID.me account here.
To update your information by phone, call (888) 442-4551 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 ET.
You can also contact or visit your local VA facility in person. Find VA Education and Training Benefits locations here.
If you disagree with your claim decision, you have the following three appeal options: file a supplemental claim, request a higher-level review or file a board appeal.
To file a supplemental claim and present new evidence that supports your case, or request a higher-level review from a senior officer, you can fill out the application and submit it in person at a local VA office. Find the nearest VA health care facility location here.
To file either a supplemental claim or request a higher-level review, you can send the application by mail to:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444
Higher-level reviews can also be requested by fax to (844) 531-7818.
Board appeals can be requested in three different ways:
You can also submit your application by mail to:
Board of Veteran’s Appeals
PO BOX 27063
Washington D.C. 20038
You can also file your application by fax to (844) 678-8979.
Click here for more information about what to do after you request an appeal.
Find VA locations and contact information here.
If you need help or have questions about VA Education and Training Benefits, call the following numbers Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 ET:
You can also call your nearby VA office. Find VA office locations and contact information here.
To ask questions online, click here for the Inquiry Routing and Information System (IRIS).
While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research U.S. Veteran Affairs programs and compiled a guide that we believe is simple to use and easy to understand. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing detailed information on the process.
Our free Veteran Affairs Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply for VA benefits, program eligibility and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.