Applications are designed to obtain the data necessary to determine eligibility for educational assistance benefits for particular educational objectives. The application and required forms vary according to the type of benefits and to the circumstances. Veterans unsure of their eligibility status regarding VA educational benefits are encouraged to submit an application online at http://gibill.va.gov and let the VA determine eligibility or to call the Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1–888-442-4551. This number will connect the veteran or dependent of a disabled or deceased veteran to the nearest VA regional office, where counselors should be able to provide additional information as to whether a particular veteran is entitled to benefits.
Additional forms may be required for special cases.
When payment of education benefits is authorized, VA will, without exception, mail an award letter to the student. Only one copy of this letter will be issued. The letter provides the student with the following:
Where applicable, a copy of the award letter is also provided to the claimant’s accredited service representative. The law requires that educational assistance benefits to veterans and other eligible persons be discontinued when the student ceases to make satisfactory progress towards completion of his or her training objective. Benefits can be resumed if the student re-enrolls in the same educational institution and in the same program. In other cases, benefits cannot be resumed unless the VA finds that the cause of the unsatisfactory attendance, conduct or progress has been removed and the program of education or training to be pursued by the student is suitable to his or her aptitudes, interests, and abilities. For each student, MTC is required to maintain an academic record that includes, for a veteran or eligible person, the credit allowed toward the student’s current program due to previous training and experience.