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Education and Training


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Compare VA-approved institutions and review other information to choose the educational program that works best for you.

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Average Processing Times

24 Days:  First Time Applications

10 Days:  Supplemental*

*A supplemental claim is a re-enrollment or other change that impacts your benefit.


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You served with honor and you’re ready to further your education and skills. If you qualify, apply for VA education and training benefits online, in person, or request an application over the phone.

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Contact Us

Call us at 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551) between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday

Ask us a Question - Get an answer in four to five working days. You can also search for answers to frequently asked questions. This contact method is available worldwide 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Webinar on August 20 - Officer Hours - For School Certifying Officials (SCOs)

August 20, 2020 10:00 AM (EST) and 1:00 PM (EST)

Join us on Thursday, August 20 to receive information related to the STEM Program, the STEM Application process, STEM fields in VA-ONCE, and other Colmery Act Reminders.

Please register here!

Test your connection here if you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting.
Get a quick overview of Adobe Connect here.

We Want Your Feedback - Introducing VSignal Customer Experience Surveys

July 28, 2020 1:50 PM

You may be receiving an email survey from us at different stages of your education benefit process. These surveys consist of 5 to 7 questions and take less than three minutes to complete. We appreciate your time in providing us with your feedback and intend to use this information to improve our processes, therefore, improving your experience.

California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) will return to its role as the “State Approving Agency” (SAA) for the State of California

June 30, 2020 3:15 PM

On June 25, 2020, the California Department of Veterans Affairs signed an agreement with the US Department of Veterans Affairs that will return the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) to its role as the “State Approving Agency” (SAA) for the State of California. CSAAVE’s transition back into their role as the SAA will be effective on July 1, 2020. The US Department of Veterans affairs had been acting in place of CSAAVE as the California State Approving Agency since October 1, 2019.

SAAs are generally responsible for the approval of education and training programs in their respective states. They are the pathway into VA for a program's recognition and identification as being eligible for the payment of VA education benefits.

Colleges, universities, and other training establishments seeking to provide VA eligible training programs should begin by contacting their SAA. CSAAVE can be reached via email at or phone by calling the general office line: (916) 503-8317.

School Certifying Official (SCO) Handbook Update

June 8, 2020 2:30 PM

The School Certifying Official (SCO) Handbook is now available as an on-line Handbook.

In addition to this Handbook becoming an on-line resource, content was updated on the following topics: Rounding-out, Fry Scholarship, and SCO Training Requirements.

6/17 and 6/18 107 Recertification Refresher Training (Phase 2 – Schools)

June 4, 2020 10:40 AM

Work-Study and the impact of PL 116-140 (Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020) SCO Training

To Register click on the dates below:

Thursday, June 18 | 11:00AM-1:00PM EST
Thursday, June 18 | 2:00-4:00PM EST
Friday, June 19 | 11:00AM-1:00PM EST
Friday, June 19 | 2:00-4:00PM EST

This training qualifies for 2-hours of SCO Annual Training Credit.

VET TEC's funding is exhausted

May 21, 2020 11:30 AM

Due to the utilization of all available funding allotted for the program, VET TEC cannot support training for new participants until October 1, 2020.

Individuals may still apply for a VET TEC Certificate of Eligibility in order to receive a formal eligibility decision for a program that begins on or after October 1, 2020. See our webpage for more information about the program.

Find a Yellow Ribbon School Search Tool

May 19, 2020 2:35 PM

The Yellow Ribbon Search Tool was developed for students to quickly identify which schools offer Yellow Ribbon benefits which can help you pay for higher out-of-state, private school, or graduate school tuition that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover.

Dedicated Phone Line for Surviving Spouses and Children of an Active Duty Service Member Who Died in the Line of Duty

May 12, 2020 11:45 AM

We are pleased to announce a dedicated phone line for GI Bill beneficiaries who are a surviving spouse or child of an active duty service member who died in the line of duty and need assistance with their education benefits.

A child or surviving spouse can contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 and select Option 5. A highly trained agent with specialized training in survivor benefits will be ready to assist the caller with their education benefits or survivor-related resources. Agents will be available Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.

Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020

May 4, 2020 1:50 PM

Provides new guidance on work study, suspension of classes, school closure, and the inability to attend training due to COVID-19.

See our Facebook post.

COVID-19 Paperless Guidance

April 21, 2020 4:05 PM

Due to the COVID-19 national emergency, the GI Bill program is working to increase capabilities for a paperless environment. This will mean some changes for us and for our beneficiaries, the way we communicate and the way paperwork is submitted.

See further guidance on going paperless and why we need you to provide us with your most current email address.

Temporary relief from your GI Bill benefit debt

April 15, 2020 1:20 PM

The VA Debt Management Center (DMC) is offering temporary financial relief if you are unable to pay your GI Bill benefit debt during this crisis.

See our debt relief Facebook post for more information.

COVID-19 FAQS for School Certifying Officials (SCOs)

April 2, 2020 9:10 AM

Be sure to check out our COVID-19 FAQS for SCOS. We cover your IHL, non-college degree and on-the-job training and apprenticeship questions.

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