Eligible individuals elected to make contributions to the program from their military pay. The contributions were matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. To determine your full-time benefit rate call the VA Education Customer Service Office at (888) 442-4551. Press 1, if you have a touch-tone phone, then Press 0 to speak with an Education Counselor.
A 10-year eligibility period begins on the date of discharge from Active Duty. Individuals wishing to withdraw their contributions should complete VA Form 24-5281, Application for Refund of Educational Contributions and send it to the nearest VA Regional Office.