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GI Bill Education Benefits

Benefit overview

Administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, GI Bill benefits help you pay for college, graduate school and training programs. 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. Veterans and their dependents may qualify for GI Bill benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty or the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve.

How this benefit helps

This benefit assists veterans by helping them:

  • Achieve their professional and personal self-development goals
  • Save money while pursuing their education
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Use GI Bill benefits to meet educational and career goals

Continuing your education can help you achieve your career goals, both inside and outside the military.

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Use GI Bill benefits to save money while continuing your education

GI Bill benefits can save you thousands of dollars per year. Use the benefits you have earned to help pay for your education or training program!

How to access this benefit

When applying for GI Bill benefits, determine whether you are eligible for the GI Bill. If you are eligible, you will need to gather the following documents:

  • Social Security number (required)
  • Military history (required)
  • Basic information about the school or training facility you plan to attend (required)
  • Bank account direct deposit information
  • Education history

Submit your Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990).

You can learn about what benefits you can expect to receive for the school you plan to attend using the VA’s online GI Bill® Comparison Tool. Then, you can apply online, in person at a VA Regional Office or by mail.

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