Post 9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33

The first thing you should do is determine your eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill with the VA by calling 1-888-442-4551 or clicking here.  Generally speaking, you are eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill if you have served at least 90 days on full-time active duty service. 

Action Items:

  1. Complete the Application for Benefits (22-1909) form on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs “Veterans ON-line Application” (VONAPP).
    1. Where the VONAPP application asks you to identify a specific VA Regional Office to electronically submit your benefits application, be certain to enter “St. Louis VA Regional Office.”  This is the regional office affiliated with Franklin University.
    2. Print two copies of your VONAPP application: one copy for your record and one copy that you will submit to the Franklin’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs (OMVA).
    3. Following the successful processing of your benefits application, the VA will issue a “Certificate of Eligibility” to you by mail.  The VA will not send this to the school; it is your responsibility to send a copy of this to OMVA at Franklin upon receipt.
    4. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs currently estimates that processing will require twenty-eight calendar days.  Franklin University cannot be responsible for complications or delays in benefit awards due to VA delays in application processing.
  2. Complete the Change of Place or Training (22-1995) form instead of the 22-1990 if you have used your benefits at previous school
  3. Submit a Post 9/11 GI Bill Agreement Form (PGI) each academic year in which benefits are requested.
  4. Certification of Benefits
    1. Upon registration and receipt of all required documentation, the OMVA will forward an Enrollment Certification (22-1999) to the VA Regional Office.
    2. If you are at the 100% tier your tuition will be paid by the VA within 3-4 weeks and you will not need to pay upfront for your tuition.
    3. If you are at anything less than 100% you will be responsible for paying your portion of your tuition adhering to Franklin’s payment policy (payment is due at the beginning of your first class).

Important Note:
Situations that may affect payment of VA benefits include the following:

  • Repeated or audited courses
  • Change or addition of major program
  • Add or drop in credit hours
  • Developmental education courses not applicable to degree
  • Any education course in which a grade of “Z”, “NZ”, or “W” is earned
  • Non-receipt of official transcripts from previous colleges and universities attended
  • Online classes
  • VA training time

Regulations require that all such items be reported to the VA so that adjustments can be made accordingly. Failure to notify the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs may result in overpayments or withholding of benefits

For more information on Post 9/11 GI Bill please visit the VA Website.

Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB):
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009.  Please view the following eligibility requirements:

Transfer to Family Member Process:
First you must go to the DoD transferability application website to determine if your dependents are eligible to receive the transferred benefits. This website is only available to military members.

Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred benefits with VA by completing VA Form 22-1990e. VA Form 22-1990e should only be completed and submitted to VA by the family member after DoD has approved the request for TEB. Do not use VA Form 22-1990e to apply for TEB.

Paper Version of 22-1990e

Submit a Plan of Attendance (POA) each academic year in which benefits are requested.

Submit a Post 9/11 GI Bill Agreement Form each academic year in which benefits are requested.

Certification of Benefits
Upon receipt of all required documentation, the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs will forward an Enrollment Certification (22-1999) to the VA Regional Office, except at the start of a new term, in which case an Enrollment Certification (22-1999) will be sent three weeks prior to the start of the term.

If you are at the 100% tier your tuition will be paid by the VA within 3-4 weeks and you will not need to pay upfront for your tuition.

If you are at anything less than 100% you will be responsible for paying your portion of your tuition adhering to Franklin’s payment policy (payment is due at the beginning of your first class).

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