How to Get Veteran Benefits

The G.I Bill: What Do You Qualify For?

It can be hard to get VA benefits if you don’t know which ones will work for you. The G.I. Bill covers costs of education for veterans, but these benefits change depending on the amount of time served. Because of this, determining what benefits you qualify for under the G.I. bill can be hard to figure out. With the post 9/11 addition to the G.I. bill, there are even more veteran educational benefits, but which ones do you qualify for?

The amount of compensation awarded to veterans under the G.I Bill depends on the amount of time served. Anything more than 36 months is 100% covered, which includes tuition, a living allowance, and books on most educational programs.

Every six months after the first 90 days of service, benefits go up. For example, after 90 days 40% of the total cost is covered. At 6 months, 50%, 1 year, 60%, and so on. These benefits can be supplemented by the yellow ribbon program through individual schools.

What Benefits?

The only way to get VA benefits is to apply, but there are a few different ways you can do that. You can apply online, in person at you regional VA office, or contact the VA Certifying Official at your school or program of choice, who can help you with the application process (these officials are usually with the registrar or the financial aid offices). You can also call 1-888-GI BILL (1-888-442-4551) to have the application mailed to you.