VA Benefits — Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill®
The Post 9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.
GI Bill Comparison Tool
The VA has released a new GI Bill® Comparison Tool for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This new tool makes it easy to estimate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with just one click. Students can find their estimated tuition and fee amounts and their projected housing allowance based on eligibility.
Step 1: Complete Veterans Affairs Paperwork
Go to the VONAPP website and fill out the appropriate form (see below).
- 22-1990 - Use if you are applying for the Post 9/11 GI Bill for the first time.
- 22-1995 - Use if you have used your benefits at another institution and would like to transfer to Liberty University as your primary institution or if it has been over a year since last certification. You will also need to use this form if you are changing the degree level you are pursuing.
- 22-1990e – Use if you are a dependent (child, or spouse as defined in 1 U.S.C. § 7) applying to use a service members benefits (see What is the process to transfer the Post 9/11 GI Bill to a dependent?)
You may want to print a copy of this document for your records. To verify you have successfully submitted your form to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a confirmation number will appear on the bottom of each page of the form you print out. Instructions to print a completed VA form on VONAPP are below:
1. Go to the VONAPP website.
2. Click "I Have Used VONAPP Before."
3. Click “VONAPP Account.”
4. Enter Login information & click “Continue.”
5. Under the "Completed Forms" section, click the "Print" button next to the form you need to print.
(These step-by-step instructions are only for printing a completed form and are not intended to guide a student through the actual application process).
Step 2: Submit at least one VA document to the Office of Military Affairs
Once you have filled out the VONAPP and submitted it to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you will need to submit at least one VA document to our office to allow us to certify your enrollment. Any one document from the following list is acceptable*:
- Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
- Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
- VA Award Letter
- Print-out of your eBenefits page
- This document must include at least your full name in order for us to verify it belongs to you. If you have a common name, it may also be necessary for the document to include other identifying information (such as your social security number or home address). Please always include your Student ID on information submitted to our office to ensure we can process your document for you without delay.
You must inform our office of which VA Chapter of benefits you are using (i.e. Chap. 33, Ch. 1606, etc…), in order for us to certify your enrollment to the VA. If this information is not included in your VA document, you will need to submit another document that does include this information OR contact our office directly to give us this information.
You may submit your documentation and information to the Office of Military Affairs by:
*Please note, if you plan to participate in the Advanced Credit program (Step 3 below), additional requirements may apply.
Step 3: Apply for the Advanced Credit Program
Liberty University is proud to offer a unique benefit, called the Advanced Credit program, for students using the Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Students who use this program are able to receive a projected credit on their student account before actual payment has been received from the VA. This allows you to complete Financial Check-In once your enrollment has been certified, without the burden of the full tuition payment being due.
In order to receive Advanced Credit, you must submit the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Account Credit Contract (PACCT) in addition to one other VA document (can be the same document used to complete Step 2). Advanced Credit will automatically be applied for those students who have the qualifying documentation on file.
Please take note of the below policies. If you are not in compliance with the below, we will still certify your enrollment with the VA, but no Advanced Credit will be posted to your account:
- If you have submitted a VONAPP and would like to receive Advanced Credit:
- You may only receive Advanced Credit for 1 semester. After this, you must submit a COE, Award Letter, or eBenefits page to continue receiving Advanced Credit.
- The VONAPP must include the page that lists Liberty University as the primary school. This page can indicate Liberty University as the primary school, or the section may be blank, but it cannot list a different institution.
- If you submit a COE, Award Letter, or eBenefits page, it must not be older than a year from the date we receive it in order for you to receive Advanced Credit.
If your percentage of eligibility changes (increases or decreases) during the use of your Post-9/11 GI Bill, you will need to submit an updated COE, Award Letter, or eBenefits page within 1 semester of the change in percentage, in order to continue receiving Advanced Credit. However, you do not need to resubmit the PACCT.
We will certify all students who have at least one acceptable VA document on file, whether you have met the requirements for the Advanced Credit program or not. If you choose not to participate in the Advanced Credit program, you will still need to complete Financial Check-In on time and make arrangements for the balance due. We will apply your GI Bill® credit to your account once payment has been received from the VA. If you pay out-of-pocket, you may request a refund of any resulting credit on your account at that time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 4: We submit the enrollment certification (22-1999) to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and post Advanced Credit if applicable
Once you have enrolled in courses and all required documentation is on file, the Office of Military Affairs will submit the enrollment certification (VA Form 22-1999) to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs within 3-5* business days. If you meet the requirements for the Advanced Credit program, we will also post a projected credit on your student account to match the amount to be covered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at that time. An e-mail confirmation will be sent to your Liberty University email address when your enrollment is certified and this credit is posted (if applicable).
*Processing time-frame may increase during peak enrollment periods.
Step 5: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs processes enrollment certification and releases funds
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will process our enrollment certification and will release funds for your tuition and fees to Liberty University. Once Liberty University receives the funds for your tuition and fees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, we will post the funds to your student account and/or fully authorize the projected credit on your account.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will also release the funds for the books and the living stipend (BAH), if the student is eligible. The books stipend and BAH are paid directly to you based on the information given to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (i.e. address or bank information on VONAPP or application form).
You can check the status of your benefits online. Click the link to see our FAQ page for more information.
Step 6: Keep the VA Updated on Any Changes
You are required to update the Department of Veterans Affairs on any changes made to your benefit. Such changes include but are not limited to:
- Changing degree levels
- Changing your primary school of attendance
Failure to maintain the accuracy of this information with the VA may result in delayed or denied payment from the VA.
Step 7: Review our Policies and FAQ Pages
Please review the Important Information & FAQ page for Post-9/11 GI Bill to help address any questions you may have. This page includes information about the Books and Supplies Stipend, BAH, Financial Check-in and more.
Please also review our Policies page. This page includes policies on Withdrawal, Advanced Pay, Remedial Courses and more.
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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.