Veterans Affairs (VA) GI Bill® Chapters 30 & 1606
Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) and Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR)
Chapters 30 and 1606
Below is a snapshot of how the Department of Veterans Affairs processes Montgomery and Selected Reserves GI Bill® benefits and their general eligibility requirements. To fully determine your eligibility for either of these benefits, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly at (888) 442-4551.
- The Montgomery GI Bill is available for veterans who began active duty service after June 30, 1985 and paid into the benefit at the beginning of their service.
- The Selected Reserves GI Bill is available to members of the Selected Reserves with a 6 year service commitment.
- Students are paid directly by the VA on a monthly basis while attending courses. See Pay Rates for more information.
- Students must verify their enrollment on WAVE at the end of each month in order to receive their benefit payment
How to use your Montgomery or Selected Reserves GI Bill:
1. Complete Veterans Affairs Paperwork
Go to the VA.gov website to fill out and submit the appropriate Application for VA Education Benefits form to the Department of Veterans Affairs (see below).
- 22-1990 – Use if you are applying for Veterans education benefits 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. You will also need to use this form if you are changing the degree level you are pursuing.
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.
2. Contact the Office of Military Affairs
Once you fill out the Application for VA Education Benefits and submit it to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you will need to notify Liberty’s Office of Military Affairs that you will be using your GI Bill benefits for your enrollment. We do not automatically receive this notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs. To accomplish this step, we recommend you submit any one document from the following list to the Office of Military Affairs, or contact us directly to advise us of the benefit you will be using. Documentation is not required to set up your GI Bill with Liberty University, but it is encouraged to ensure the most accurate processing of your benefit and to give you access to special payment plan accommodations.
- Application for VA Education Benefits
- Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
- VA Award Letter
- Copy of your eBenefits page
- Copy of your WAVE Verification page
- If you submit a VA document to the Office of Military Affairs, please ensure you include your full name and Student ID to ensure we can process your document for you without delay.
- Please be sure to inform us of the VA Chapter of benefits you are using (Ch. 33, Ch. 30, Ch. 35, Ch. 1606). You may include this information on the document you submit or you may contact us directly to give us this information.
- Any GI Bill documentation and information can be submitted to the Office of Military Affairs by:
- Email: VABenefits@liberty.edu
- Fax: (434) 455-1287
3. Registration and Certification
Once you have completed Steps 1 and 2, and you have enrolled in courses, the Office of Military Affairs will submit an enrollment certification (22-1999) to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This process typically takes 3-5 business days, but may take longer during peak enrollment periods. Once your courses have been certified, you will receive an email to your Liberty email account indicating the courses and dates that were reported to the VA. On average it will take 6 weeks for the VA to process your certifications.Once the VA has processed your enrollment certification, they will post your enrollment information on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system. We recommend that you check WAVE periodically to see when your enrollment information is made available in that system.
4. Complete Financial Check-In
Please remember that arrangements for the full payment of your tuition and fees must be made during the completion of your Financial Check-In. Within Financial Check-In, qualifying students have the option of using federal financial aid or payment plans.
Online students: The military payment plan is available through Financial Check-In for online students using Chapter 30 or 1606 GI Bill benefits. Please note this option will not be made available until after a VA document verifying the chapter of benefit being used is received by the Office of Military Affairs or until after the Office of Military Affairs has verified your eligibility with the VA. This verification may not occur until after the Financial Check-In deadline.
Residential students: The deferred payment plan is available through Financial Check-In for residential students using Chapter 30 or 1606 GI Bill benefits. Please note this option will not be made available until after a VA document verifying the chapter of benefit being used is received by the Office of Military Affairs or until after the Office of Military Affairs has verified your eligibility with the VA. This verification may not occur until after the Financial Check-In deadline.
Please review the information on our Financial Check-In Guide for more information.
5. Verify Your Enrollment on W.A.V.E.
Before the VA can release payment to you for these courses, you will need to verify your enrollment on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system in one of two ways:
- Online: Online: Go to the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system.
- By Phone: Call the VA Verification phone line at (877) 823-2378
Keep in mind that your enrollment information will not post on WAVE until the certification has been processed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. WAVE Verification will need to be completed on the first day of every month during the term to release the payment for the previous month.
6. Keep the VA Updated on Any Changes
You are required to keep the Department of Veterans Affairs updated 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.
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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.