The application form requires that individuals currently eligible for another education benefit make an irrevocable election from their existing program to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Typically individuals who are eligible for more than one benefit may use a combined total of 48 months of entitlement. Therefore, for those individuals eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) program, please be advised that if you have entitlement remaining under the MGIB, the number of months of Post-9/11 GI Bill entitlement you will be eligible for will be equal to the number of months remaining under MGIB. However, if you exhaust all of your MGIB entitlement, then you may be entitled to a maximum of 12 additional months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Determining Whether to Use MGIB or Post 9/11 GI Bill
You can see payment scenarios of public versus private Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) here.
Once You Make Your Decision
VA will need two things once you've decided whether to use MGIB or the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
- Your application ( VA Form 22-1990 or VA Form 22-1990E). YOU submit this form. Apply online.
- Your Certificate of Enrollment ( VA Form 22-1999). YOUR SCHOOL submits this.
The sooner you get these documents to the VA, the sooner VA can begin processing your claim.
for Eastern Region-
VA Regional Office
PO Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
(application form) http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-1990-ARE.pdf