VA Education Benefits

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If you're an active duty military member or veteran, you must complete the same online application forms as new students. 

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Military Veterans and Service Members Student Checklist

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Apply for VA Education Benefits at the new VA website,
Follow the instructions to the new online VA Form, 22-1990 to apply for Education Benefits.  Recently discharged veterans should submit their DD214 to the VA Regional Processing Center in Buffalo at:  VA RPO, PO Box 4616, Buffalo, NY, 14240.  

Initial claims are normally paid within 6 to 8 weeks of submission but can be up to 12 weeks during peak processing periods. Subsequent claims are paid on a monthly basis consistent with enrollment. Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607 and VRAP participants must self-verify continued attendance with the VA at the end (last day) of every month that are you are actively enrolled in classes. Call the VA Interactive Voice Response (IVR) at 1.877.823.2378 or go online to and click on the WAVE link and follow the instructions.

The VA pays Education Benefits directly to the student on a monthly post-payment system, only for the time-frame when you are enrolled in classes. You may request Advanced Payment when you submit your "Certificate of Eligibility" to the NCC Veterans' Affairs Assistant. VA Advanced Payment will send a check to the school for the first 2 months of benefits only. Remaining entitlement for the session will be sent to the student as described above. Total benefit payment for the session covers from the start date of the session to the end of the examination period.

Military Veterans and Service Members Student Checklist can be downloaded here (PDF)