The VA began accepting applications on May 1, 2009. A revised application is available at http://www.gibill.va.gov/ . Applications will be able to be submitted electronically on the Website at Veterans On-Line Applications (VONAPP). The new application includes a Post-9/11 GI Bill option.
NOTE : VA is not currently accepting applications for Transfer of Entitlement (TOE).
There are several things you should consider before electing benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. These include:
For more information on comparisons between the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other VA education benefit programs, visit our website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/ .
If you have never applied for VA education benefits, you must submit a VA Form 22-1990 , Application for Education Benefits. All applicants are encouraged to submit an application on the revised form. If you are also eligible for another benefit or benefits, you must indicate that you are electing to receive the Post-9/11 GI Bill, specify the benefit you wish to relinquish to receive the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and the effective date of your election under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You should also submit any available supporting documentation including copies of DD-214(s), activation orders, and enlistment contracts.
The VA will be reviewing applications under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and issuing Certificates of Eligibility (COEs) to qualified individuals. The COE will contain basic eligibility information including months of entitlement, period of eligibility, and benefit level. Individuals eligible at the 100% rate will also be advised of eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program. If you have chosen a specific school and program, the COE will also indicate if Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are payable for that school and program. Upon receipt of your COE, you should retain a copy for your records and submit a copy to the VA Certifying Official at the school you plan to attend.
Generally, schools may certify enrollments up to 120 days before the beginning of a term. However, benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are not payable until August 1, 2009, therefore, VA is not yet accepting enrollment certifications. Schools will be notified when VA begins accepting enrollment certifications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill differ from other benefit programs in that each type of payment is issued separately. Some payments will be issued to your school while others will be issued directly to you. The following details each type of payment and how it will be issued:
Tuition and fee payments will be issued to your school on your behalf at the time your enrollment certification is processed. The amount will be prorated based on your benefit level as determined by your length of service.
NOTE : Payments will be released to the Department of Treasury on August 1, 2009.
For an application and more information, visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/ .