Getting Started with your Veterans GI Bill Benefits

To start using your GI Bill educational benefits, you must first be admitted to Georgia State University. If you are a prospective student and you wish to apply to Georgia State University, visit Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions.

Important: Time is a key factor in the application process. The Department of Veterans Affairs requests 30-45 business days (5-9 calendar weeks) to process an application. However, in some cases, the processing time can take up to a month longer.

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Once the Department of Veterans Affairs has approved your application for educational benefits, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility letter stating the type of benefit awarded and the terms of eligibility under that benefit. A scanned copy of the Certificate of Eligibility must be submitted when you gVerify. A copy can also be submitted to the Office of the Registrar via email to vetstudentservices@gsu.edu.

Veteran: Veterans attending Georgia State University may apply for benefits online through the Department of Veterans Affairs online application at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/.   To apply by mail, call 888-442-4551, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, to request an application be mailed to you. The average processing time for VA education claims is 30 days. Once the application is approved, the Department of Veterans Affairs will send you a Certificate of Eligibility. A scanned copy of the Certificate of Eligibility must be submitted when you gVerify. A copy can also be submitted to the Office of the Registrar via email to vetstudentservices@gsu.edu.

 

Dependent/Spouse of a Veteran: While still on active duty, a service member may request to transfer, change, or revoke a Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) through milConnect. A veteran may transfer Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to a dependent or spouse with the approval of the Department of Defense (DoD). Information regarding transfer of benefits can be found on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ website. A dependent spouse or child—or the surviving spouse or child—of a Veteran, may qualify for Chapter 35 benefits or job training through a GI Bill program. The application can be found online https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/. Once the dependent/spouse has been approved, the Department of Veterans Affairs will send a Certificate of Eligibility letter stating the type of benefit awarded and the terms of eligibility under that benefit. A scanned copy of the Certificate of Eligibility must be submitted when you gVerify. A copy can also be submitted to the Office of the Registrar via email to vetstudentservices@gsu.edu.

To change your GI Bill school or program, you’ll need to submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995). This form can be completed online at Complete VA Form 22-1995 online. Dependents will Complete VA Form 22-5495 online. Once the change form has been processed, the Department of Veterans Affairs will send an updated Certificate of Eligibility letter stating the type of benefit awarded and the terms of eligibility under that benefit. A scanned copy of the Certificate of Eligibility must be submitted when you gVerify. A copy can also be submitted to the Office of the Registrar via email to vetstudentservices@gsu.edu.