How to Apply for the GI Bill

How do I activate my Post 911 GI Bill?

How to Apply for the GI Bill

  1. Find and apply to a school that is approved for VA benefits.
  2. Apply online with the VA.
  3. The VA will then send you what is known as a “Certificate of Eligibility” which shows that you are eligible for the GI Bill.
  4. Attend classes, start learning and enjoying your GI Bill benefits.

When can I apply for the Post 911 GI Bill?

Am I eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits?

  1. You served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or.
  2. You received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or.

How do I get my GI Bill started?

You can also apply:

  1. Call 888-442-4551, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, to request that we send the application to you.
  2. Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee help you.
  3. You can work with a trained professional called an accredited representative to get help applying for education benefits.

Do you automatically get the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefit Tiers If you are discharged for disability after at least 30 days of active duty you automatically receive the 100% benefit tier.

Do I need DD214 for GI Bill?

All necessary documents. The documents needed are: DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty for most recent period of active duty. Any other documents you think are necessary.

How much is the Post 911 GI Bill?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill can pay your full resident tuition at a public school. If you are attending a private or foreign school it will pay up to $26,042.81 per academic year.

Does the GI Bill expire?

Montgomery GI Bill benefits expire 10 years after you separate from the military. But you may qualify for an extension of these benefits.

Does basic training count as active duty time?

No, training doesn’t count as active duty. For the regular Army/Navy/Air Force/Marine Corps/Coast Guard, active duty begins when a military member reports to a duty station after completion of training (basic, officer training, tech school).

Do all veterans get the GI Bill?

Since 1944, the GI Bill has helped qualifying Veterans and their family members get money to cover all or some of the costs for school or training. Learn more about GI Bill benefits below—and how to apply for them.

What benefits can I get with a DD-214?

The DD 214 is essential for verifying service and determining eligibility for benefits such as VA disability compensation, medical treatment, and retirement services. Veterans also use the DD 214 to verify service and skills for future employment or reenlisting in the military.

How long is the Post-9/11 GI Bill Good For?

15 years
Generally, you may receive up to 36 months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You will be eligible for benefits for 15 years from your last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days.