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Apply for Federal Veteran Benefits

Veterans, reservits, and/or dependents of Veterans must contact their selected campus Veteran Affairs Certifying Official to establish VA Educational Benefits. It is the educational benefit recipients' responsibility to assemble all required materials needed to complte the process to the campus Veteran Affairs Certifying Official. View the checklist below and the application process for the applicable chapter.

  • VA Requirement Checklist
  • Chapter 33
  • Chapter 35
  • Chapter 31

VA Required Materials Checklist


The following forms MUST be first completed by the applicant. Some items may be submitted first to the VA, then provided to the our campus VA certifying official.


  • VA Form 22-1990 or 22-5490 – Required of those applying for benefits for the first time; unless a COE can be provided instead. (If you have used benefits previously at another school, then you must complete a VA Form 22-1995 /22-5495 instead.) Forms can be completed online through the www.gibill.va.gov website. PROOF that these forms have been submitted online is required for your file at Bevill State. Include KICKER Contract if appropriate.

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) – A copy of the COE issued by the VA, approving student for use of GI Bill benefits, must be provided to the VA certifying official upon receipt in mail by the student.

  • Dependent’s Education Assistance (DEA) – A copy of the DEA issued by the VA, approving student for use of GI Bill benefits, must be provided to the VA certifying official upon receipt in mail by student.

  • Apply for Financial Aid (if needed for financial assistance) Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov (school code 005733)

  • Meet with an academic advisor to ensure that your courses are required for your current program of study indicated. VA only pays for courses required for your program. If you wish to change your program of study you must submit the appropriate forms to the campus certifying official.

The following documents MUST be provided if applicable:


  • DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy) – Only required from those applying for benefits for first time without a COE to determine percentage of eligibility. National Guard/Reserve members need to provide copies of all DD 214s received to date.

  • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) – DD Form 2384-1. Required of current drilling National Guard and Reserve service members applying for benefits for first. This form provided to the student by their respective unit.



Chapter 33 (Post 9/11), 30, 32, 1606 & 1607


Students utilizing their benefits for the FIRST time MUST complete the following forms. Many items may need to be submitted the Department of Veteran Affairs and then a copy provided to the VA Certifying Official.

VA Form 22-1990 – Required of those applying for benefits for the first time. Unless a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) can be provided instead.

*A copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), Notice of Basic Eligibility and/or KICKER Contract should be submitted with this form if applicable.

VA Form 22-1995 - Required for those who have used their benefits at another school.

Both applications can also be completed online at www.gibill.va.gov, through the VA's online application system (VONAPP). If applications are submitted online, PROOF that a VA Form 22-1990/1995 has been submitted is required to the VA Certifying Official. 


Chapter 33 Transfer of Benefits

Transferring of Post 9/11(Chap 33) Benefits to Spouse or Dependents Veterans wishing to transfer their Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) benefits to their children or spouse must first go to the DOD Transferability application on the MilConnect website to determine if your dependents are eligible to receive the transferred benefits. This form must be complete by the service member first.

Once approval has been granted by the Department of Defense, a VA Form 22-1990E must be completed online at www.gibill.va.gov through the VONAPP application. PROOF that a VA Form 22-1990E has been submitted is needed. A copy of the submitted 1990E with the confirmation number on it will suffice.

Certificate of Eligibility (COE): -Please be reminded that a copy of the COE issued by the VA, approving student for use of GI Bill benefits, must be provided to the VA Certifying Official upon receipt in mail by the student.


Monthly Verification

Students receiving benefits under Chapters, 30,32,1606 and 1607 MUST SUBMIT MONTHLY enrollment verification.  Students must call on or after the last day of the month at 1-877-823-2378. Students can also use the web register, Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) by logging onto www.gibill.va.gov and click on WAVE.



Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance


Students under this program must be the spouse and/or children of a 100% permanently and totally disabled veterans or deceased due to service connected to disabilities.

VA Form 22-5490 – Required of those applying for benefits for first time unless a DEA confirmation letter can be provided instead.

VA Form 22-5495- Required of those who have used benefits previously at another school.

Both applications can be completed online at www.gibill.va.gov through the VA’s Online Application (VONAPP). PROOF that a VA Form 22-5490 or 22-5495 has been submitted should be provided to the VA Certifying Official.


Dependent’s Education Assistance (DEA) Certificate

Please be reminded that a copy of the Dependent’s Education Assistance (DEA) Letter issued by the VA, approving student for use of GI Bill benefits, must be provided to the VA Certifying Official upon receipt in mail by student.



Chapter 31 Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation


This program was created to assist service-disabled veterans of 20% or greater. Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis.

Students MUST contact their VA Voc Rehab Counselor to develop a contract for the Chapter 31 Program. A current VA Form 28-1905 must be on file with the VA Certifying Official before our office can certify your courses for Chapter 31 pay purposes.

Interested students should contact the county Veterans Administration Office or the Regional Veterans Administration at 1-800-827-1000.

Veteran Assistance