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VEAP Application Process


How you apply for VEAP benefits depends on whether you have already decided upon an educational program or not. If you have decided on a program, your first step is to make sure that the institution is approved for VA benefits. Contact the school’s Financial Aid Office or contact your Regional VA Office to find out if the institution is approved. If the institution is approved, you need to contact the school’s official who handles and certifies enrollment for the VA. The Financial Aid Office or the Registrars office should know who this person is.

You need to complete the application for VEAP (VA Form 22-1990). You can get a copy of Form 22-1990 online, by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or by writing and requesting the form from your Regional VA Office.

If you haven’t yet chosen a program but you want to know if you are eligible for VEAP and how long your benefits will last, send your application in and the VA will provide you with the information.

How much money you will receive from VEAP depends on how much money you contributed to the program and your type of study or training. The maximum allowable contribution to VEAP was $2700.00 with a matching governmental sum of $5400.00 to equal $8100.00 total. DoD contributions can be added on top of this amount for specialized training. These DoD contributions are what are known as “kickers.” If you are going to school as a full-time student, divide this dollar amount by the number of months you contributed and you get the entitlement amount. This amount will be less for part-time students but the payments can last for a longer period of time. If you are enrolled in an apprenticeship or on-the-job training, you will receive a lesser amount than if you are enrolled in educational courses. This rate is 75% your full-time eligible amount for the first six months, 55% for the second six months and 35% for the rest of your training, but you can receive these payments in addition to your salary as long as you meet the apprenticeship and on-the-job training guidelines.

Applying for VEAP benefits is very similar to applying for other GI Bill and Veterans’ Assistance benefits. Because each individual and circumstance is unique, you should sit down with a VA counselor to plan out your future and get the most from your benefits before you leave the military. The programs are pretty complex but with some perseverance and help, you can access some of the best educational assistance available in the country.

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