Many folks are intimidated or overwhelmed at the thought of beginning the process for returning to school. Add to that the stigma of mounds of paperwork for financial aid and the GI Bill and you end up with people forgoing a phenomenal benefit that they earned with service to this great nation. This article aims to quell some of those worries and make the process a little easier. Read on and visit the links below to learn how simple it is to begin the process of furthering your education and utilizing your hard-earned benefits.
- Apply online if you know which benefit you want to use (eBenefits)
- Visit your nearest VA regional office to apply in person.
- Consult with the VA Certifying Official — who is usually in the Registrar’s or Financial Aid office — at the school of your choice. This official has application forms and can help you apply.
- Call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (888-442-4551) to have the application mailed to you.
After you apply, use VA’s interactive map to find out how quickly your regional office is processing education claims. Your education benefits are processed at one of four specialized regional claims processing centers in Atlanta; Buffalo, NY; Muskogee, OK; and St. Louis, MO.
- You have 10 – 15 years to use your GI Bill Benefits.
- The GI Bill is *NOT* Federal Financial Aid.
- You can stop and start using the GI Bill as needed.
- A “month” of benefits doesn’t always mean a month.
- The GI Bill pays according to the number of credits you takes and how much active duty service you have.
For more information, visit benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Search for schools with the best plans for Veterans at https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool.
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