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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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announcements icon Announcements

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.

April Webinars - 107 Recertification Training

March 31, 2020 10:00 AM

VA will host virtual training sessions to walk through the 107 recertification process. Invites will be sent via Gov.Delivery. Registration is required.

Keep checking this page and our Webinar page for more information.

Webinar Slides Are Available for the 3/26-27 and 30 VBA Education SCO/SAA Office Hours - COVID-19

March 30, 2020 4:30 PM

The slides for the March VBA Education SCO/SAA Office Hours are now available.

Important Update on GI Bill Benefits - Congress Passes New Legislation due to COVID-19 

March 20, 2020 11:30 AM

See our 3/20 Facebook post discussing Corona Virus and its impact on your monthly housing allowance.

If you have questions about your specific circumstance, please contact the Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.  You can also submit a question electronically.

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