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Forms Needed to Process Your VA Education Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as state and local government, offers a number of educational assistance programs for veterans and their dependents.  Based on the time and length of service, as well as current status, veterans can be eligible for one or more of these programs.

All students, regardless of what benefits they believe they may be eligible for, should complete a Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The following are the forms the MICA Certifying Official will need to process your education benefits through the VA:

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New Veteran Students Applying for Benefits

If you are a new student who is a veteran or other eligible dependent that has never used your VA education benefits and would like to apply, you need to first complete and submit an Application for Educational Benefits through the Veterans On-Line Application website (VONAPP) or the application can be downloaded and returned by mail to the VA for processing. Once the application has been processed by the VA, they will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). A copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which is the notification that your benefits have been approved, should be provided to MICA's VA Certifying Official.

Chapter 30 (MGIB - Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty Educational Assistance Program)

  • Complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits. This needs to be done as early as possible after you have been accepted by MICA, as it takes a minimum of 9-12 weeks to process your claim.
  • Obtain and submit copies of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, the MICA Veterans Request for Certification Form, and your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the MICA VA Certifying Official.
  • Once your paperwork has been processed by MICA's Certifying Official through VA, you must certify your enrollment monthly through the VA (W.A.V.E.) website.

Chapter 1606 (MGIB-SR - Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program)

  • Complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits. This needs to be done as early as possible after you have been accepted by MICA, as it takes a minimum of 9-12 weeks to process your claim.
  • Obtain and submit copies of your DD-2384-1 (Notice of Basic Eligibility - NOBE) and the MICA Veterans Request for Certification Form to the MICA VA Certifying Official.
  • Once your paperwork has been processed by MICA's Certifying Official through VA, you must certify your enrollment monthly through the VA (W.A.V.E.) website.

Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program - REAP)

  • Complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits. This needs to be done as early as possible after you have been accepted at MICA, as it takes a minimum of 9-12 weeks to process your claim.
  • Obtain and submit copies of your DD-2384 (Notice of Basic Eligibility - NOBE) and all active duty documents in response to a war or national emergency, such as military orders or DD-214 and the MICA Veterans Request for Certification Form to the MICA VA Certifying Official.

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation Education Assistance Program)

  • The Department of Veteran Affairs Rehabilitation Counselor must provide you with VA Form 22-1905, Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Re-entrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status Form. MICA's VA Certifying Official must have a copy from the Department of Veterans Affairs on file before students can be certified.

Chapter 35 - DEA (Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance)

  • Complete VA Form 22-5490, Dependent's Application for VA Education Benefits. This needs to be done as early as possible after you have been accepted by MICA, as it takes a minimum of 9-12 weeks to process your claim.
  • Obtain and submit a copy of the MICA Veterans Request for Certification Form to the MICA VA Certifying Official.

Chapter 33 (The Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act)

  • Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website for complete eligibility and entitlement information, or call the GI Bill Hotline at 1-888-442-4551. Review the VA Education Benefit Programs Comparison Chart to ensure you are electing the benefits best suited for you.The Post 9/11 GI Bill is an irrevocable election.
  • Complete the VA Form 22-1990, Application for Education Benefits after you have reviewed eligibility and entitlement information.
  • Submit copies of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE), the DD-214 or Military orders and the MICA Veterans Request for Certification Form to the MICA VA Certifying Official.
  • If applicable, complete the MICA Application for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Transfer Veteran Students Applying for Benefits

Any student who previously received VA education benefits at another school (except for students applying for/or using the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance) must complete a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form (VA Form DD 22-1995). Students applying for/or using the Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance program must submit the Dependents' Request for Change of Place of Training (VA Form 22-5495).

If you have used VA Benefits at another institution as an Active and Selected Reservist:

  • Chapters 30, 1606, 1607, complete the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form (VA Form DD 22-1995) to declare a new school and new program and to notify the VA of your change.
  • Submit copies of the VA Form DD-214 or NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility) and the MICA Veterans Request for Certification Form to the MICA VA Certifying Official.
  • It is important that you submit all official transcripts to the Academic Advising Department for evaluation of prior credits or training.

If you have used VA benefits at another institution as a Survivor and Dependent of a Veteran:

  • Chapter 35, complete the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training for Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Form (VA Form 22-5495) to declare a new school and new program and to notify the VA of your change.
  • Submit copies of the VA Form DD-214 or NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility) and the MICA Veterans Request for Certification Form to the MICA VA Certifying Official.
  • It is important that you submit all official transcripts to the Academic Advising Department for evaluation of prior credits and or training.

MICA Returning Veteran Students Applying for Benefits - Re-certification

  • You must notify the MICA VA Certifying Official of any enrollment for each semester in order to continue your VA enrollment certification with the VA. Students will not automatically be certified from one semester to another.
  • Submit a copy of an updated Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and the MICA Veterans Request for Certification Form to the MICA VA Certifying Official.

Rehabilitation Veteran Students Applying for Benefits

You will need to contact the Veterans Administration, which will determine if you quality for benefits. Once you have been approved for benefits, you will receive VA Form 28-1905 each term of enrollment. You will then need to submit this form to the MICA VA Certifying Official.