The process for getting your GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is relatively easy. There’s one thing you definitely need to remember. Submit your “Application for VA Education Benefits” well before you fully enroll in school.
Why Do You Need To Submit GI Bill COE Early?
The VA clearly states that the process takes up to 30 days. You should verify your GI Bill status prior to enrolling. If not, you may find yourself in a tight spot with the school’s business office.
How To Get My GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility
Make sure you have the following documentation before you start the application process:
Social Security number (required)
Education and Military history (required)
Basic information about the school or training facility you want to attend (required)
Bank account direct deposit information (for housing and books stipend payments)
Print the page entitled “Education Enrollment Status”
#2 By Mail: How to Get Your GI Bill COE By Mail
Call 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (888-442-4551), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, to request to have an application sent to you. Fill it out and mail it to the VA regional claims processing office. The office should be in the same location as your school. See a list of regional claims processing offices
#3 In-Person: How to Get Your GI Bill COE In-Person
Keep in mind – you never have to do any of this alone. In fact, I strongly suggest that you reach out for assistance with any VA claims or education processes. The smallest error on your part can cause the BIGGEST headaches later.
Other Resources Available To You
You can work with a trained professional called an accredited representative to get help applying for education benefits. Get help filing your claim
Work with your school’s certifying official. This person is usually in the Registrar or Financial Aid office at the school.
LESSONS LEARNED SERIES:
Personal stories from our Education Benefits author, Terry Howell.