Average Processing Times
11 Days: First Time Applications
4 Days: Supplemental*
*A supplemental claim is a re-enrollment or other change that impacts your benefit.
Apply for Benefits
You served with honor and you’re ready to further your education and skills. If you qualify, apply for VA education and training benefits online, in person, or request an application over the phone.
Call us at 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551) between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday
Ask VA – Get an answer in four to five working days. This contact method is available worldwide 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
School Certifying Official (SCO) Webinar – 7/20 & 7/23
July 12, 2021
See our webinar page for more information and to register.
– Grad Training for Non-Standard Terms Update
– Isakson & Roe
– Digital GI Bill
– SCO Annual Training Requirements
Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) – Requirements for Foreign Institutions to Participate in Direct Deposit
July 2, 2021
See our letter dated July 1, 2021, explaining the direct deposit requirement for foreign institutions to maintain program approval or participate in VA GI Bill. This letter will serve as official notification to all foreign educational institutions participating in VA GI Bill education benefit programs that the use of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), commonly known as “direct deposit,” is a requirement for approval.
There are two options that are outlined in the letter. Once you have completed one of the options, you will then be required to provide account information to VA.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Service Yellow Ribbon Program Opportunity for Foreign Institutions
June 24, 2021
The recent passage of Public Law 116-315, Section 1008, “Technical Correction to Clarify Eligibility for Participation in Yellow Ribbon Program of Department of Veterans Affairs,” amends Section 3317(a) of title 38 USC and allows foreign institutions to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
From now to July 31, 2021, we are accepting new Yellow Ribbon Program agreements from foreign institutions for academic year 2021-2022. See our Yellow Ribbon Program Schools’ web page for instructions and forms.
Lump Sum Payment Program for the 2021-2022 Application Period has Closed
June 21, 2021
The application period for the Lump Sum Payment Program (LSPP), for the 2021-2022 academic year is now closed.
The Ryan Kules and Paul Benne Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019 (Public Law 116-154) authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to administer the Lump Sum Payment Program (LSPP) for eligible Education and Training Institutions (ETIs) participating in the GI Bill® Work Study Allowance Program.
Through the LSPP, eligible ETIs may apply to become a 154 Administrating Facility (154AF), which allows them to receive an annual lump sum payment from VA. The lump sum payment will be used to pay eligible work study students who are receiving GI Bill benefits at the ETI.
VA will begin receiving applications for the 2022-2023 academic year, during the next open application period, in May 2022. Institutions interested in participating in the program may apply at that time.
Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) Application is Open
May 3, 2021
The Veteran application is now available. To learn more about VRRAP and how to apply.
Lump Sum Payment Program (LSPP) Training for Work Study Allowance Programs Participants
April 15, 2021 8:25 AM
Through the LSPP, eligible Education and Training Institutions may apply to become a 154 Administrating Facility (154AF), which allows them to receive an annual lump sum payment from VA. The lump sum payment will be used to pay eligible Work Study students who are receiving GI Bill benefits at the ETI.
In the coming weeks, we will send you more information about the program, including how to apply. In the meantime, we encourage you to review the following training materials which provide an in-depth view of what the program entails.
Changes to the “48 Month Rule” for VR&E and EDU Beneficiaries
April 7, 2021 8:00 AM
Effective April 1, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) no longer counts the use of Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) benefits (chapter 31) against the 48-month limit on GI Bill education benefits such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The use of GI Bill education benefits will continue to count against the 48-month limit on VR&E benefits. See our 48-Month Rule FAQs.
VA has started to process impacted claims and enrollments with this update, and eligible individuals will receive a notification letter from VA, outlining whether you have more GI Bill entitlement available.
If you have any questions, please contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time.
Effective 11/5/20 STEM Scholarship Beneficiaries are Eligible for Work Study Benefits
December 2, 2020 10:45 AM
Work Study applications and contracts are currently being accepted for STEM Scholarship recipients. Rogers STEM Scholarship beneficiaries interested in Work Study may apply at VA.gov.
Verify STEM Attendance via Text
November 6, 2020 4:00 PM
Beginning this month, Rogers STEM Scholars will receive an initial opt-in text message to their primary phone number asking if they would like to participate in STEMText. If Rogers STEM Scholars opt-in to the program, they will receive text messages each month to verify their attendance.
Watch this video to learn more about the STEMText program!
VA Extending Benefits Beyond 48 Months
October 28, 2020 3:30 PM
See our Facebook Post that explains how your benefits can be extended if they don’t cover your full term. You can also ask us any questions in the comments.
Special COVID Rules Extended to December 21, 2021
October 1, 2020 3:30 PM
See our Facebook Post that explains how it affects you. You can also ask us any questions in the comments.
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