GI Bill Checklist

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR VA EDUCATION BENEFITS?

Apply for VA Education Benefits

This guide will help you apply for VA Education Benefits, which include POST 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill and other education assistance programs.

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Preparation

Collect the following information

  • Discharge Papers (DD-214 or equivalent)
  • Bank Account Information

Application

Apply by submitting all documents in one of these ways:

  • Submit your application online using eBenefits or va.gov/education
  • Complete an application in person at a VA Regional Office
  • Official Certificate of Eligibility will be mailed 30 days after submission

Submit Final Documents to the University of Virginia

All Documents must go to UREG at veteransbenefits@virginia.edu

  • DD-214
  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • All transcripts

Moving Forward... Every Semester You Must

  • Notify the Certifying Official of any changes to your schedule ie: add/drops
  • Follow up with benefits' status with the VA -- (888)442-4551

For Any Assistance

Contact Kiama Anthony Bishop - Phone: 434-924-4122

Am I Eligible for VA Education Benefits?

Your eligibility depends on a number of factors including length and era of service, type of discharge, and time since separation. It’s difficult to summarize eligibility because requirements are different for each type of GI Bill. Refer to the table below and visit va.gov/education to learn more about eligibility and details regarding the GI Bill.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF EDUCATION BENEFITS?

BENEFIT TYPE BASIC ELIGIBILITY WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE
POST 9/11 Qualifying active service on or after 9/11/01 Payment for 50% - 100% of tuition, the stipend for housing and books
MONTGOMERY GI BILL— ACTIVE DUTY Qualifying active services, high school, diploma or GED Monthly stipend for tuition and fees (refer to rates table online)
MONTGOMERY GI BILL— SELECTED RESERVE Six-year commitment to Selected Reserve (usable only while serving) Monthly stipend for tuition and fees (refer to rates table online)
SURVIVOR’S AND DEPENDENTS EDUCATION ASSISTANCE Spouse or dependent of qualifying veteran Monthly stipend for tuition and fees (refer to rates table online)

OTHER QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE

ARE SURVIVORS AND DEPENDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS? Dependents or survivors of a Veteran may be eligible for education assistance through a GI Bill program if one of the following applies to the Veteran:

  • Died while on active duty, or
  • Was a former prisoner of war, or
  • Died or is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability.

Visit va.gov for more information on education benefits for survivors and dependents.

HOW DOES MY DISABILITY RATING AFFECT MY BENEFIT?

Additional benefits including personalized job training and academic counseling may be available for Veterans with disability ratings of at least 10%.

These programs are separate from the GI Bill and must be applied for separately. VISIT va.gov

Chapter 31 VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefit

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

For additional resources checkout the university's webpage titled, Wahoo Warrior

This resource is a guide for all military-affiliated students. Click the link below to learn more:

https://www2.virginia.edu/registrar/va-wahoowarriorhb.html

Best Practices to Ensure Benefits

To ensure you receive your GI Bill benefits in a timely fashion, the VA recommends that you:

Plan ahead of time. You can use the GI Bill Comparison Tool (find it in Quick Links) to estimate the general level of benefits you should expect.
Enroll as early as you can and avoid changing your course schedule as much as possible once you are enrolled.
Get to know and stay in contact with your School Certifying Officials. You can find them by searching the GI Bill Comparison Tool (find it in Quick Links) for your school and scrolling down to “Contact Details.”
Be sure you understand your school’s procedures regarding requests for certification to VA.
If you do drop/add hours, contact your School Certifying Official immediately to mitigate potential overpayment.
If you have changed your bank account or moved to a new address, please contact VA Education Service to update your information either on the GI Bill website through our “Ask a Question” link or by phone at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). If we do not have your correct information, your payment will be delayed.
If you need to contact us by mail, use the address of the Regional Processing Office handling your claim. You can find your Office and the mailing address on our website. If you use a different address, we may not receive your message.
If you are experiencing financial hardship due to a delay in payment, we ask that you contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday. VA will expedite any hardship request.

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