The GI Bill Application Process

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4 Easy Steps to getting your benefits.

Applying for the GI Bill is easier than you may think. Depending on the school you are applying to, the process could take you 4 steps or less!

Step One

Find and apply to a school that is approved for VA benefits. You can use the VA's School Comparison Tool to find schools, employers, and testing organizations where you can use the GI Bill.

Step Two

Apply online using the VA's VETS.GOV website

  • If you are on active duty you may need to get approval from your Education Service Officer (ESO) or chain-of-command before applying for the GI Bill. Note: It is seldom a good idea to use the GI Bill while active duty, and your ESO can help you find the best funding resources for your situation. 
  • If you are a veteran you may need to include a copy of your DD 214 Discharge Paperwork.
  • If you are a member of the selective reserve you may need to include a copy of DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility which was given to you by your unit when you became eligible for the MGIB-SR.

Step Three

The VA will then send you what is known as a "Certificate of Eligibility" which shows you that you are eligible for the GI Bill. You can either get this in the mail or online on the eBenefits website. You should take this to your school who will then enroll you and send your enrollment information to the VA.

However if you have not found a school yet, you can still apply for your VA Eligibility Determination by submitting your application.

Step Four

Attend classes, start learning and enjoying your GI Bill benefits.

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