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As a VA Certifying Official, How Do I Note the Army College Fund?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am a VA Certifying Official. For the first time we have had a prospective student want to use the Army College Fund. I understand that he will have to be using the Montgomery GI Bill to be able to use these funds. When we certify him, where do we indicate that he wants to use the Army College Fund? Does he apply for that benefit himself and does the payment go to him? Thanks.

A: First, thank-you for taking care of our veterans going to your school. I disagree with you though when you say “I understand that he will have to be using the Montgomery GI Bill to be able to use these funds.” That is not necessarily true, as Post 9/11 G.I. Bill users may also have the Army College Fund.

As far as how you note it to the VA, don’t worry about it – it is the veteran’s responsibility to make that entry in Part VI Item 16 on VA Form 22-1990 when he/she applies for benefits. As far as how that gets paid, regardless if the student is using the Montgomery G.I. Bill or the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, it will come to the student.

If the student is using the MGIB, then he/she will get it as a lump sum payment; if the student is using the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, then it will come as part of the housing allowance.

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