VA Form 22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits

What Is VA Form 22 1990?

VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits is a document used for applying for the veterans’ educational benefits and assistance.

The latest version of the form was released by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) in December 2016 and replaces the now obsolete November 2014 edition. An up-to-date VA Form 22-1990 fillable version is available for download below or can be found through on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

The 22-1990 - also known as the GI Bill form - is applicable to several country-wide programs including the following:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (for military veterans having served since September 11, 2001);
  • Montgomery GI Bill - or MGIB (for active duty members who enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once after completing a minimum service obligation);
  • Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve - or MGIB-SR (for reservists having a six-year obligation in the Selected Reserve and actively drilling);
  • Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program - or VEAP.

VEAP is applicable to duty members that have joined the Army between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987, contributed from $25 to $2,700, completed their first period of service and were discharged or released from service under any conditions other than dishonorable. Servicemembers on active duty have the right to receive VEAP benefits if they have three or more months of contributions available.

The 22-1990 can be used for a college degree and certificate programs, technical and vocational courses, licensing and certification tests, apprenticeships or on-the-job training, hi-tech training, flight training, entrepreneurship training, certain entrance examinations, and correspondence courses. It cannot be used for vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits, Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship, transfer of entitlement, or national call to service. A person can apply for these benefits using other documents.

VONAPP 22-1990 Form Applications

Earlier, the VA Form 22-1990 could be filled through the Veteran On-Line Application service (VONAPP). This program has been retired since September 2017 and the VONAPP website is no longer available to users.

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APPLICATION FOR VA EDUCATION BENEFITS
(VA FORM 22-1990)
Use this form to apply for educational assistance under the following benefit programs:
• Post- 9/11 GI Bill chapter 33 of title 38, U.S. Code
• Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) chapter 30 of title 38, U.S. Code
• Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) chapter 1606 of title 10, U.S. Code
• Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) chapter 32
of title 38, U.S. Code, or section 901 or section 903 of Public Law 96-342
INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS
FOR COMPLETING THE APPLICATION FOR VA EDUCATION BENEFITS
Do not use this form to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits (chapter 31 of title 38, U.S. Code), Dependents Educational
Assistance benefits (chapter 35 of title 38, U.S. Code), Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (chapter 33 of title 38, U.S. code),
Transfer of Entitlement, or National Call to Service (section 510 of title 10, U.S. Code). These benefits require different application forms that can be
completed on-line and printed at
www.va.gov/vaforms
or can be obtained from the nearest VA regional office. They may also be available where you
received this application.
INTERNET VERSION AVAILABLE - You may complete and submit this application on-line at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. Click "Apply
On Line" and select the "Education" option.
VA VOCATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL COUNSELING HELP AVAILABLE - If you need help planning your individual
educational and career goals, VA offers a wide range of counseling services to help you make these decisions. Services include educational
and vocational guidance and such testing as necessary for you to develop a greater understanding of your skills, talents, and interests. For further
information on VA counseling, call VA toll-free at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or TDD at the Federal Relay, 711.
PART I
Item 7. The Department of Treasury requires all Federal benefit payments be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT), also called direct deposit (Direct
Deposit is not available for Chapter 32 recipients). Please attach a voided personal check or deposit slip or provide the information requested in this
item to enroll in direct deposit. If you do not have a bank account, you must receive your payment through Direct Express Debit MasterCard. To request
a Direct Express Debit MasterCard you must apply at
www.usdirectexpress.com
or by telephone at 1-800-333-1795. If you elect not to enroll, you
must contact representatives handling waiver requests for the Department of Treasury at 1-888-224-2950. They will address any questions or concerns
you may have and encourage your participation in EFT.
NOTE: The numbers on the instructions match the item numbers on the application. Items not mentioned are self-explanatory.
This section provides an overview of the general eligibility requirements for various education programs. Additional requirements not listed on this form
may be necessary.
NOTE: A specific single period of service may not be used towards establishing eligibility for more than one benefit. Therefore, once a period of
service has been applied toward a specific benefit, that period of service may not be used again toward a different benefit. However, there is one
exception to this rule. With regard to Chapter 33, a period of service beginning before August 1, 2011, can be used to establish eligibility to Chapter 33
even if it has already been used to establish eligibility to a different benefit.
PART II
ITEM 9A. You may be eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, also referred to as chapter 33, if you served at least 90 aggregate
days on active duty (excluding entry level and skill training) after September 10, 2001. You may also qualify if you were discharged due to
a service-connected disability after serving at least 30 continuous days on active duty after September 10, 2001.
ITEM 9B. You may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill, also referred to as MGIB or chapter 30, if you served on active duty and meet certain
conditions. NOTE: You do not have to be on active duty to apply for benefits under this program. You must meet any one of the following conditions
(there are additional requirements):
You first entered service on or after July 1, 1985, and you didn't decline this benefit at your initial entry into service
OR
You entered service (or agreed to delayed entry) before January 1, 1977, and you have educational assistance entitlement remaining under
the Vietnam Era GI Bill (also known as "chapter 34")
OR
You were voluntarily separated under the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) programs and had
your military pay reduced by $1,200
OR
You were involuntarily separated from active duty after February 2, 1991
OR
You were on active duty and a participant in the Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) program on or before October 9,
1996, or you first entered the National Guard under title 32, U.S. Code, between July 1, 1985, and November 28, 1989, you elected chapter 30 benefits
between October 9, 1996, and October 8, 1997, and you paid $1,200
OR
You were on active duty and eligible for VEAP benefits on October 9, 1996, you elected chapter 30 benefits between November 1, 2000,
and October 31, 2001, and you paid $2,700.
VA FORM
SUPERSEDES VA FORM 22-1990, NOV 2014,
22-1990
DEC 2016
WHICH WILL NOT BE USED.

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VA Form 22-1990 Instructions

The 22-1990 Form can be filed and submitted online through the Veterans Benefits Administration Education and Training website.

If a candidate needs planning individual educational and career goals, the VA can offer a variety of counseling services to help them with their decision. These services include educational and vocational guidance together with the necessary testing to determine the candidate’s skills, talents, and interests.

For more information on VA counseling call 1-888-GI-BILL-1 or 1-888-442-4551.

How to Fill Out VA Form 22-1990?

The candidate should provide their personal data, select the benefits being applied for, as well as the type and program of education or training. Other information includes service, education and employment details, marital and dependency status along with the entitlement to and usage of any additional types of assistance.

Individuals who have already selected a school or training establishment should take the following steps:

Step 1. Mail the completed application to the VA Regional Processing Office for the region of that school's physical address.

Step 2. Approve the request for VA education benefits with the veteran officials at the chosen school or training establishment. These will officials will have to provide your enrollment information to the VA using the VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, or its electronic version.

Step 3. Wait for the department to process the document and to send the notification of its decision concerning the candidate’s rights for education benefits.

Individuals who have not yet selected a school or training establishment should take the following steps:

Step 1: Mail the completed application to the VA Regional Processing Office for the region of their home address.

Step 2: Wait for VA to process the document and deliver a notification of its decision concerning the candidate’s rights for education benefits.

VA 22-1990 Related Forms

  1. VA Form 22-1990e, Application for Family Member to Use Transferred Benefits is a form used to apply for a Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) to dependent family members and is filed by servicemembers eligible to transfer benefits to their dependents.  The servicemember's military branch should approve the request to transfer benefits. The VA Form 22-1990e cannot be used for claiming the servicemember’s own benefits.
  2. VA Form 22-1990t, Application for Individualized Tutorial Assistance is used to apply for supplemental payments for tutorial assistance. The subject must be necessary for the completion of the VA-approved program. The candidate should be training at least one-half of the time of a post-secondary program at an educational institution to be eligible to receive assistance.
  3. VA Form 22-1990n, Application for Va Education Benefits Under the National Call to Service (NCS) Program is used to apply for education benefits under the National Call to Service (NCS) program.

Individuals are eligible to apply for these benefits if they first entered service on or after October 1, 2003, signed an enlistment contract with under the NCS program, and then elected one of the two education incentives provided by the NCS

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