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GI Bill® Overview

There are several different federal education benefits programs to choose from, making it important for you to understand what you qualify for and what will best help you meet your education goals. The term GI Bill® refers to any U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefit earned by members of Active DutySelected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. To apply for GI Bill® benefits, complete and submit a VBA-22-1990-ARE form.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

  • Types of Training Offered


    You can use your GI Bill® benefits for a variety of post-secondary education to include: college (undergraduate and graduate), certificate programs, on-the-job training, apprenticeship training, flight training and non-college degree courses.

    Benefit Amounts and the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

    You may be eligible for several types of VA education and training benefits. For some, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® is the best option, while others would benefit more from the Montgomery GI Bill®. The VA offers the GI Bill® Comparison Tool to research colleges and employers approved for the GI Bill®. The tool allows veterans, service members and their spouses and dependents to estimate the amount of funding they may receive by answering a few questions about themselves and the school they want to attend. 

    In addition, the VA has created the Choosing the Right School Guide and other resources to help you identify the best school to fit your needs.


  • GI Bill Benefit Questions


    Information about GI Bill® benefits can be obtained in several ways. On the Ask A Question site, you can create a login, email a question and get an answer in four to five working days. You can also search for answers to frequently asked questions and register to be notified of any updates to the information. In addition, you can call 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551).


  • GI Bill Feedback System


    This online reporting system allows veterans, service members and eligible dependents to report negative experiences with educational institutions. The VA serves as the intermediary to resolve complaints between the student and school. Submitted complaints may be reviewed by state and federal law enforcement agencies including the Department of Justice.


  • Principles of Excellence


    To ensure student veterans, service members and eligible dependents have information, support and protection while using federal education benefits, the Principles of Excellence were established through Executive Order 13607. Compliance with this program is intended to ensure an institution:

    Provides meaningful information to student veterans about the financial cost and quality of the institution.

    Assists students in making choices about how to use their federal educational benefits.

    Prevents abusive and deceptive recruiting practices that target the recipients of military and veterans educational benefits.

    Ensures the institution provides high-quality academic and student support services.

    Use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool to determine if a school is a participant in this program.