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Visit your nearest VA regional office
to apply in person.
Consult with your School Certifying Official, who can help you apply.
Call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (888-442-4551) to have the application mailed to you.
VA can help you cover the cost of furthering your education and skills through benefits for tuition, housing, training, and other expenses related to your education. VA’s education and training benefits are provided through these GI Bill® programs:
VA education benefits may be used toward traditional degrees, non-college degrees, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, licensing and certification and fees to cover tests.
VA also provides assistance to help Veterans transition from military service to civilian employment. Service-disabled Veterans may be eligible for one-on-one support, counseling, and training to boost skills and build careers. Explore VA employment services for details.
The application process for Veterans seeking to use their education and training benefits varies for different types of applicants. Before you apply, use the chart on this page to determine the right benefit for you. After release from active duty, you have up to 15 years to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill; other programs have different time limits. Be sure to use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to research schools and employers based on affordability and value under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
You can be eligible for more than one benefit, but in most cases you must choose which benefit to receive. This decision is final and cannot be changed. See our frequently asked questions describing the process.
Once you identify the right VA benefit for your needs, it takes about 30 minutes to apply online.
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