Post-9/11 GI Bill Implementation

When will VA begin accepting applications?

The Department of Veteran Affairs will begin accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill on May 1, 2009. The application form is available online at and can be submitted electronically on the website.

NOTE: VA is not currently accepting applications for Transfer of Entitlement (TOE). Visit the VA website for more information about TOE.

How do you apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

If you have never applied for VA education benefits, you must submit VA Form 22-1990 (Application for Education Benefits). All applicants are encouraged to use this revised application form. If you are also eligible for other 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 note 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.

What should you expect when you submit an application?

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.

When should your school certify your enrollment?

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.

For an application and more information, visit  the website at