VA Form 22-5495 Dependents' Request for Change of Program or Place of Training

What Is VA Form 22-5495?

VA Form 22-5495, Dependents' Request for Change of Program or Place of Training is a form used to request a change of program or place of training under two benefit programs: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program and Post-9/11 GI Bill Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship.

The latest version of the Form 22-5495 was released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in September 2018 with all previous editions obsolete. A fillable VA Form 22-5495 is available for digital filing and download and can be found through the VA website.

To be considered eligible for the VA educational benefits, the applicant should be a spouse or a child of a veteran or a service member, who meets at least one of the following conditions:

  • They are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected causes;
  • They are on active duty and are likely to be discharged with a permanent and total disability;
  • They died while in service;
  • They died of service-connected causes;
  • They are currently missing in action or captured in the line of duty.

This form is related to the VA Form 22-5490, Dependents' Application for VA Education Benefits. It is completed by veterans' spouses, dependents, and survivors in connection with various VA educational benefits programs that offer assistance with covering the cost of tuition, housing, books, and supplies. Education benefits may be used toward a traditional degree, non-college degree, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and more.

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OMB Approved No. 2900-0099
Respondent Burden: 15 Minutes
Expiration Date: 09/30/2019
DEPENDENTS' REQUEST FOR CHANGE OF PROGRAM
OR PLACE OF TRAINING
(Under Provisions of Chapters 33 and 35, Title 38, U.S.C.)
INTERNET VERSION AVAILABLE - You may complete and submit your application online at
www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
PART I - APPLICANT INFORMATION
(First, Middle Initial, Last)
VA DATE STAMP
1. NAME
(For VA Use Only)
3. VA FILE NUMBER
2. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
4. SEX OF APPLICANT
5. DATE OF BIRTH
MALE
FEMALE
(Number and street or rural route, city or P.O., State and 9 DIGIT ZIP Code)
6. CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS
(Include Area Code)
7. TELEPHONE NUMBER(S)
PRIMARY
SECONDARY
(If applicable)
8. EMAIL ADDRESS
(Complete this item only if you wish to start, change or stop direct deposit) (See Instructions, page 3, Item 9 for more information on Direct Deposit)
9. DIRECT DEPOSIT
NOTE - To prevent possible delays in payment, claimants are encouraged to use Direct Deposit and set up a Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
START OR CHANGE DIRECT DEPOSIT (Attach a voided personal check or provide the information requested in Items A thru D below)
STOP EFT
C. 9 DIGIT ROUTING OR TRANSIT NUMBER
D. ACCOUNT NUMBER
A. TYPE OF ACCOUNT
B. NAME OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
CHECKING
SAVINGS
10. PLEASE PROVIDE THE NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF SOMEONE WHO WILL ALWAYS KNOW WHERE YOU CAN BE REACHED
A. NAME
C. TELEPHONE NUMBER
B. ADDRESS
PART II - QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION
(First, Middle, Last)
11. NAME OF INDIVIDUAL ON WHOSE ACCOUNT BENEFITS ARE BEING CLAIMED
13. BRANCH OF SERVICE
12. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR VA FILE NUMBER
14. DATE OF BIRTH
15. DATE OF DEATH OR DATE LISTED AS MIA OR POW
16. IS QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL CURRENTLY ON ACTIVE DUTY
YES
NO
17. YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL
SPOUSE
SURVIVING SPOUSE
CHILD
STEPCHILD
ADOPTED CHILD
18. DO YOU OR THE QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL ON WHOSE ACCOUNT YOU ARE CLAIMING BENEFITS HAVE AN OUTSTANDING FELONY AND/OR WARRANT?
YES
NO
PART III - APPLICANT'S MILITARY SERVICE INFORMATION
(NOTE: Chapter 35 benefits are not payable while an eligible person is on active duty)
(If "No," skip to Part IV)
19. HAVE YOU EVER SERVED ON ACTIVE DUTY IN THE ARMED FORCES?
YES
NO
20. INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PERIODS OF ACTIVE DUTY
A. DATE ENTERED
B. DATE SEPARATED
C. BRANCH OF SERVICE OR RESERVE
D. CHARACTER OF
ACTIVE DUTY
FROM ACTIVE DUTY
OR GUARD COMPONENT
DISCHARGE
VA FORM
22-5495
SUPERSEDES VA FORM 22-5495, SEP 2016,
Page 1
DEC 2016
WHICH WILL NOT BE USED.
OMB Approved No. 2900-0099
Respondent Burden: 15 Minutes
Expiration Date: 09/30/2019
DEPENDENTS' REQUEST FOR CHANGE OF PROGRAM
OR PLACE OF TRAINING
(Under Provisions of Chapters 33 and 35, Title 38, U.S.C.)
INTERNET VERSION AVAILABLE - You may complete and submit your application online at
www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
PART I - APPLICANT INFORMATION
(First, Middle Initial, Last)
VA DATE STAMP
1. NAME
(For VA Use Only)
3. VA FILE NUMBER
2. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
4. SEX OF APPLICANT
5. DATE OF BIRTH
MALE
FEMALE
(Number and street or rural route, city or P.O., State and 9 DIGIT ZIP Code)
6. CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS
(Include Area Code)
7. TELEPHONE NUMBER(S)
PRIMARY
SECONDARY
(If applicable)
8. EMAIL ADDRESS
(Complete this item only if you wish to start, change or stop direct deposit) (See Instructions, page 3, Item 9 for more information on Direct Deposit)
9. DIRECT DEPOSIT
NOTE - To prevent possible delays in payment, claimants are encouraged to use Direct Deposit and set up a Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
START OR CHANGE DIRECT DEPOSIT (Attach a voided personal check or provide the information requested in Items A thru D below)
STOP EFT
C. 9 DIGIT ROUTING OR TRANSIT NUMBER
D. ACCOUNT NUMBER
A. TYPE OF ACCOUNT
B. NAME OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
CHECKING
SAVINGS
10. PLEASE PROVIDE THE NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF SOMEONE WHO WILL ALWAYS KNOW WHERE YOU CAN BE REACHED
A. NAME
C. TELEPHONE NUMBER
B. ADDRESS
PART II - QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION
(First, Middle, Last)
11. NAME OF INDIVIDUAL ON WHOSE ACCOUNT BENEFITS ARE BEING CLAIMED
13. BRANCH OF SERVICE
12. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR VA FILE NUMBER
14. DATE OF BIRTH
15. DATE OF DEATH OR DATE LISTED AS MIA OR POW
16. IS QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL CURRENTLY ON ACTIVE DUTY
YES
NO
17. YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL
SPOUSE
SURVIVING SPOUSE
CHILD
STEPCHILD
ADOPTED CHILD
18. DO YOU OR THE QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL ON WHOSE ACCOUNT YOU ARE CLAIMING BENEFITS HAVE AN OUTSTANDING FELONY AND/OR WARRANT?
YES
NO
PART III - APPLICANT'S MILITARY SERVICE INFORMATION
(NOTE: Chapter 35 benefits are not payable while an eligible person is on active duty)
(If "No," skip to Part IV)
19. HAVE YOU EVER SERVED ON ACTIVE DUTY IN THE ARMED FORCES?
YES
NO
20. INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PERIODS OF ACTIVE DUTY
A. DATE ENTERED
B. DATE SEPARATED
C. BRANCH OF SERVICE OR RESERVE
D. CHARACTER OF
ACTIVE DUTY
FROM ACTIVE DUTY
OR GUARD COMPONENT
DISCHARGE
VA FORM
22-5495
SUPERSEDES VA FORM 22-5495, SEP 2016,
Page 1
DEC 2016
WHICH WILL NOT BE USED.
PART IV - BENEFIT AND TYPE OF EDUCATION OR TRAINING
21A. TYPE OF BENEFIT
CHAPTER 33 - POST-9/11 GI BILL MARINE GUNNERY SERGEANT JOHN DAVID FRY SCHOLARSHIP (FRY SCHOLARSHIP)
CHAPTER 35 - SURVIVORS' AND DEPENDENTS' EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (DEA)
21B. TYPE OF TRAINING
NATIONAL ADMISSION EXAMS OR NATIONAL EXAMS FOR CREDIT
COLLEGE OR OTHER SCHOOL
(DEA Children not eligible)
FARM COOPERATIVE
CORRESPONDENCE COURSE
LICENSING OR CERTIFICATION TEST
(Fry Scholarship only)
FLIGHT TRAINING
APPRENTICESHIP OR OTHER ON-THE-JOB TRAINING
(e.g., Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Welding Certificate, Police Officer)
22. SPECIFY YOUR EDUCATION OR CAREER OBJECTIVE
23. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE PROGRAM YOU ARE REQUESTING TO PURSUE?
24. IF CHANGING SCHOOLS, PROVIDE NAME AND COMPLETE ADDRESS OF NEW
25. IF CHANGING SCHOOLS, PROVIDE NAME AND COMPLETE ADDRESS
SCHOOL OR TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND
OF CURRENT OR OLD SCHOOL OR TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT
(if applicable)
26. TELL US WHEN AND WHY YOU STOPPED (or will stop) TRAINING AT YOUR OLD (or current) SCHOOL OR TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT
PART V - REMARKS AND CERTIFICATION
(If more space is needed, please attach a separate sheet of paper. Be sure to include name and social security number on each sheet of paper)
27. REMARKS
I CERTIFY THAT all statements in my application are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
PENALTY - Willful false statements as to a material fact in a claim for education benefits is a punishable offense and may result in the forfeiture of
these or other benefits and in criminal penalties.
28A. SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT (DO NOT PRINT)
28B. DATE SIGNED
Sign Here
In INK
VA FORM 22-5495, DEC 2016
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INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE
DEPENDENTS' REQUEST FOR CHANGE OF PROGRAM OR PLACE OF TRAINING
(VA FORM 22-5495)
Use this form to request a change of program or place of training under the following benefit programs:
• Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (chapter 35 of title 38, U.S. Code)
• Post-9/11 GI Bill Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (chapter 33 of title 38, U.S. Code)
Do not use this form to apply for a change of program or place of training for Veterans' education assistance based on your own service
(chapters 30, 32, 33, 1606, or 1607). To apply for a change of program or place of training for Veterans' education assistance benefits
based on your own service, use VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.
INTERNET VERSION AVAILABLE- You may complete and submit this application on-line at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. Click on
"GI Bill: Apply for Benefits."
VA VOCATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL COUNSELING HELP AVAILABLE- VA offers a wide range of services to assist you
in planning your education and/or career goals. Services include educational and vocational guidance and testing to develop a greater
understanding of your skills, talents, and interests. For more information on VA counseling, call VA toll-free at 1-888-GI-BILL-1
(1-888-442-4551) or if you use the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the Federal Relay number is 711.
NOTE: These numbers on the instructions match the item numbers on the application. Items not mentioned are self-explanatory.
ITEM 3. Your VA FILE NUMBER is the number that appears on your VA benefit checks and all mail that we've sent to you. Generally,
your VA FILE NUMBER is the social security number of the individual on whose account you are receiving benefits. Your SUFFIX
(letter or 2-digit number) indicates your relationship to the qualifying individual.
ITEM 9. The Department of Treasury requires all Federal benefit payments be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT), also called
direct deposit. Please attach a voided personal check or deposit slip or provide the information requested below 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.
ITEM 17. To qualify for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA), you must be either-
(1) The spouse or child of a veteran who is permanently or totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability.
(2) The spouse or child of an individual on active duty who has been listed as missing in action, captured in line of duty by
hostile force, forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by hostile force, or forcibly detained or interned in line of
duty by a foreign government or power for more than 90 days.
(3) The surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability or who dies while a service-connected
disability was rated permanent and total in nature.
(4) The spouse or child of an individual on active duty for which the evidence shows that the individual is hospitalized for
receiving outpatient medical care services or treatment; has a total disability permanent in nature incurred or aggravated in
the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service; and the serviceperson is likely to be discharged or released
from such service for such disability.
IMPORTANT: If you are certifying that you are married for the purpose of VA benefits, your marriage must be recognized by the
place where you and/or your spouse resided at the time of marriage, or where you and/or your spouse resided when you filed your claim
(or a later date when you became eligible for benefits.) (38 U.S.C. § 103(c)). Additional guidance on when VA recognizes marriages
is available at http://www.va.gov/opa/marriage/.
Eligibility for DEA will be terminated in the event that VA determines that the individual on whose account benefits are claimed is no
longer totally disabled or VA is notified that the individual is no longer listed as captured, missing in action, or forcibly detained. To
qualify for the Fry Scholarship, you must be the child of an individual who after September 10, 2001, died in the line of duty while
serving on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces.
ITEM 21. Select the benefit under which you are applying for a change in program or place of training. Types of education or training
programs are self-explanatory, except for the following:
"Licensing or Certification Test." A licensing test is a test offered by a state, local, or federal agency that is required by law to practice an
occupation. A certification test is a test designed to provide affirmation of an individual's qualifications in a specific occupation. "National
Admissions Exams or National Exams for Credit." Individuals eligible to receive benefits may be reimbursed for the cost of approved test
for admission to or credit at institutions of higher learning.
"Correspondence." Only spouses and surviving spouses eligible for the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance program and
Fry Scholarship recipients under the Post-9/11 GI Bill may receive benefits for correspondence training. Payments for correspondence
courses are made quarterly after VA receives a certification showing the number of lessons completed. For more information on
correspondence courses, please visit our website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
"Flight Training." You must already have a private pilot's license. If you are taking an Airline Transport Pilot course, you must have a
valid first-class medical certificate on the date that you enter training. For all other flight courses, you must have a valid second-class
medical certificate on the date that you enter training.
VA FORM 22-5495, DEC 2016
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HOW TO FILE YOUR CLAIM
Be sure to do the following:
(A) If you have selected a school or training establishment:
Step 1: Mail the completed form to the VA Regional Processing Office for the region of that school's physical address.
See below for the addresses of these VA Regional Processing Offices.
Step 2: Tell the veterans certifying official at your school or training establishment that you have applied for VA
educational benefits. Ask him or her to send your enrollment information using VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment
Certification, or its electronic version.
Step 3: Wait for VA to process your application and notify you of its decision concerning your eligibility for education
benefits.
(B) If you have not selected a school or training establishment:
Step 1: Mail the completed form to the VA Regional Processing Office for the region of your home address. See
below for the address of these VA Regional Processing Offices.
Step 2: Wait for the VA to process your application and notify you of its decision concerning your eligibility for education
benefits.
EASTERN REGION
CT
NC
VA
CENTRAL REGION
CO
MI
OH
DE
NH
VT
IL
MN
SD
VA Regional Office
VA Regional Office
DC
NJ
US Virgin Islands
IN
MO
TN
PO Box 4616
PO Box 32432
MA
NY
Foreign Schools
IA
MT
WI
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
St. Louis, MO 63132-0832
MD
PA
APO/FPO AA
KS
NE
WV
ME
RI
KY
ND
WY
WESTERN REGION
AK
ID
SC
AL
LA
TX
VA Regional Office
AR
MS
UT
PO Box 8888
AZ
NM
WA
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888
CA
NV
Guam
FL
OK
Philippines
GA
OR
APO/FPO AP
HI
PR
MORE HELP - If you need more help completing this application or you want information about our work-study program, call
VAtoll-free at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). If you use the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the Federal
Relay number is 711. You can also get more information about education assistance from our education Internet site at
www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
PRIVACY ACT NOTICE: VA will not disclose information collected on this form to any source other than what has been authorized under the
Privacy Act of 1974 or Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations 1.526 for routine uses as identified in VA's system of records, 58VA21/22/28,
Compensation, Pension, Education and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Records - VA, published in the Federal Register. An example of
routine use allows VA to send educational forms or letters with a veteran's identifying information to the veteran's school or training establishment to
(1) assist the veteran in the completion of claims forms or (2) for VA to obtain further information as may be necessary from the school for VA to
properly process the veteran's education claim or to monitor his or her progress during training. Your obligation to respond is required to obtain or
retain education benefits. The requested information is considered relevant and necessary to determine the maximum benefits under the law. Payment
of education benefits cannot be made unless the information is furnished as required by existing law (38 U.S.C. 3513). The responses you submit are
considered confidential (38 U.S.C. 5701). Information submitted is subject to verification through computer matching programs with other agencies.
RESPONDENT BURDEN: We need this information to determine your eligibility for education benefits (38 U.S.C. 3513). Title 38, United States
Code, allows us to ask for this information. We estimate that you will need an average of 15 minutes to review the instructions, find the information,
and complete this form. VA cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless a valid OMB control number is displayed. You are not
required to respond to a collection of information if this number is not displayed. Valid OMB control numbers can be located on the OMB Internet
Page at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. If desired, you can call 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to get information on where to send
comments or suggestions about this information collection.
VA FORM 22-5495, DEC 2016
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Instructions for VA Form 22-5495

The VA form 22-5495 is distributed with information and filling guidelines provided on the fourth page of the form. The instructions for completing the form can be found below.

How to Fill out VA Form 22-5495?

VA benefits form 22-5495 consists of 5 parts:

  1. Part I. Applicant Information. Provide your full name, social security number, VA file number, gender, date of birth, current mailing address, phone number(s), and email address. This part also requires your direct deposit information and name, address and phone number of your emergency contact.
  2. Part II. Qualifying Individual Information. This section contains information about the person, on whose account the benefits are being claimed. This includes their full name, social security number or VA file number, a branch of service, date of birth, date of death or date listed as MIA or POW, applicant's relationship to qualifying the individual. An applicant must state if the qualifying individual is currently on active duty or if they or the applicant has an outstanding felony or warrant.
  3. Part III. Applicant's Military Service information. If you have ever served on active duty in the Armed Forces, enter information about your periods of active service, branch of service or reserve or guard component, and character of discharge.
  4. Part IV. Benefit and Type of Education or Training. Fill out this section by providing information on educational benefits. Enter the type of benefit, type of training, education or career objective, the name of the program you request to pursue, name and complete address of old, current, and new school or training establishment, reasons why training at the old or current school or training establishment stopped or will stop.
  5. Part V. Remarks and Certification. This section provides for additional commentary and remarks and certification that all statements in the application are true and correct to the best of the applicant's knowledge and belief.


How to Submit VA Form 22-5495 Online?

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