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How Do I Get My Montgomery GI Bill Benefits Started?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have applied for school, but stuck now on how or who to talk to about receiving money from the MGIB. Do I go to the school and ask them or go to the VA? And will it me directly deposited or will they mail me a check? Or if you can please provide a link were all these questions can be answered that would be great! Thank you very much from one Vet to another, your help is greatly appreciated.

A: No problem, I can help you. Regardless if you are using the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) or Post 9/11 GI Bill, the benefit request process is the same. To start getting paid to go to school, you have to submit VA Form 22-1990. You can do it either online, using the VONAPP Website, or you can download the form, fill it out and send it in according to the instructions on the form. In return you will get a Certificate of Eligibility which means you are approved. You will need your certificate when you enroll in school.

As you probably know, you’ll get up to $1,368 per month, for up to 36 months, to go to school. You will have to pay your own tuition, fees and education-related expenses. As far as what form of payment you can get, it is up to you.  When you fill out your VA Form 22-1990, Block 7 of Part I has a place to fill out Direct Deposit information. If you leave that portion blank, the VA will send your checks to your home address listed in Block 5 of Part I on the form.

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