What is Form VA 22-1990?
Form VA 22-1990 or the Application for VA Education Benefits is a document from The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. This form is used to apply for educational assistance under the following benefit programs:
- Post- 9/11 GI Bill chapter 33 of title 38, U.S. Code
- Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) chapter 30 of title 38, U.S.Code
- Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) chapter 1606 of title 10, U.S. Code
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) chapter 1607 of title 10, U.S. Code
- Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) chapter 32 of title 38, U.S. Code, or section 901 or section 903 of Public Law 96-342
Where to get Form VA 22-1990?
You can get a copy of Form VA 22-1990 through the following:
Call 888-442-4551, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, and request to mail the application form to your address. Fill it out and mail it to the VA regional claims processing office in the same location as your school. The locations of the VA regional claims processing office are available on the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website.
You can get a blank copy of Form VA 22-1990 at any VA regional office. The locations of the VA regional office are available on the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Department of Veterans Affairs website
A blank copy of Form VA 22-1990 that you can download and manually fill out is available on the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website.
For your convenience, you may electronically fill out Form VA 22-1990 on PDFRun.
How to fill out Form VA 22-1990?
Here is a detailed guide on how to fill out Form VA 22-1990:
Part 1 - Applicant Information
Enter your Social Security Number (SSN).
Mark the appropriate box to determine your sex. You may select:
Enter the date of your birthday in the following format: Month/Day/Year.
Enter your full name in the following format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name.
Enter your complete address, including your house number and street, apartment or unit number, City, State, and ZIP Code.
Enter your primary and secondary telephone numbers, including the area code.
Enter your email address. This information is required.
Enter the routing or transit number of your bank. Mark the type of your bank account. Select if it is a checking or a savings account, and enter the account number.
Provide the name, address, and phone number of a person who always knows where you can be reached.
Part II - Education benefits being applied for
Mark the appropriate box to determine the education benefits being applied for. You may select from Items 9A to 9D.
Mark this box if you are applying for Chapter 33 or the Post-9/11 GI Bill. If this box is marked, check and complete Item 9E, if you are receiving or eligible for benefits under Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, or Chapter 1607.
Mark this box if you are applying for Chapter 30 or the Montgomery GI Bill Educational Assistance Program (MGIB).
Mark this box if you are applying for Chapter 1606 or the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (MGIB-SR).
Mark this box if you are applying for Chapter 32 or Section 903 or the Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP).
Marking this box means that by electing Chapter 33 in Item 9A, you acknowledge that you understand the following:
- You may not receive more than a total of 48 months of benefit entitlement under two or more of the education programs listed on this application.
- If electing Chapter 33, in lieu of Chapter 30, your months of entitlement under Chapter 33 will be limited to the number of months of entitlement remaining under Chapter 30 on the effective date of your election.
- You will not receive a Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty-Chapter 30 or Selected Reserve-Chapter 1606) "Kicker" under the Post-9/11 GI Bill unless you were eligible for the kicker at the time you applied and you relinquished that benefit for the Post-9/11 GI Bill-Chapter 33.
- When choosing the effective date below, you understand that benefits for training under Chapter 33 are not payable before that date.
Enter the effective date of receiving Chapter 33 education benefits.
Check the box to select which education benefit will be relinquished for electing Chapter 33. You may select:
- Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill Educational Assistance Program (MGIB)
- Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (MG/B-SR)
- Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP). Take note that you are only eligible to relinquish 1607 if you received 1607 benefits for a semester, quarter, or term that included the date of November 24, 2015, or was the last semester, quarter, or term to end before November 24, 2015.
By checking one of the boxes, you acknowledge that the election is irrevocable and may not be changed. Failure to select one of the boxes below may cause a delay in the processing of this claim.
Part III - Type of Education or Training
Mark the box to determine the type of education or training you are applying for. You may select:
- College or other school (including on-line courses)
- Vocational Flight Training
- National Test Reimbursement (SAT CLEP, ETC.)
- Licensing or Certification Test Reimbursement (MCSE, CCNA, EMT, NCLEX, ETC.)
- Apprenticeship or On-The-Job
- Tuition Assistance Top-Up (Chapter 30 & 33 only)
Enter the full name and the address of the school, if known. Skip this item if you are applying for National Test Reimbursement, Licensing, and Certification Test Reimbursement, or Tuition Assistance Top-Up.
Specify your educational or career objective, if known. Examples are Bachelor of Arts in accounting, welding certificate, police officer, and other career or educational objectives.
Part IV - Service Information
Mark Yes, if you were on active duty; otherwise, mark No. Do not check Yes, if you are currently on drilling status in the Selected Reserve or if you are on active duty for training.
Mark Yes, if you are now on terminal leave just before discharge; otherwise, mark No. Provide a copy of your DD Form 214 Member 4 when issued.
Complete the information for each period of military service.
Enter the date you entered the military service.
Enter the date you were separated from the military service.
Enter the service component of your military service.
Enter the service status of your military service.
Answer if you were involuntarily called to active duty for this period.
If there are specific periods of service that you do not want to be applied to the benefit selected in Items 9A to 9D, then please identify in the space below the periods of service and the corresponding benefit programs you would like to apply.
Part V - Education and Employment Information
Mark Yes, if you received a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate; otherwise, mark No. If marked Yes, enter the date it was received.
Mark Yes, If you hold any FAA Flight Certificates; otherwise, mark No. If marked Yes, specify each certificate in Part IX, Remarks.
Enter information regarding your education after high school, including apprenticeship, on-the-job training, and flight training. Provide the following:
- Name and location of the college or other training providers
- Dates of training. Enter the date when you started your training and the date when you finished your training.
- Number and type of hours. It may be semestral, quarterly, or on a clock basis.
- Degree, Diploma, or Certificate Received.
- Major field or Course of Study.
Enter information regarding your employment before and after military service. Only complete this if you once held a license or journeyman rating to practice a profession.
Provide the following:
- Principal Occupation
- Number of months worked
- License or Rating
Part VI - Entitlement to and Usage of Additional Types of Assistance
Mark Yes, if you make additional contributions up to $600.00 to increase the amount of your monthly benefits; otherwise, mark No. If marked yes, it will help VA process your claim if you submit any evidence you have to support your claim.
Mark Yes, if you qualify for a Kicker based on your military service, whether it is Active Duty or Reserve. If you qualify for any kicker, it will help VA process your claim if you submit a copy of the kicker contract. Reserve kicker contracts must include the amount and effective date.
If you graduated from a Military Service Academy, specify the year you graduated and received your commission.
Mark Yes if you were commissioned by a Senior ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) Scholarship; otherwise, mark No.
If you received your commission through a non-scholarship program, mark No.
If marked Yes, provide the date of your commission and the amount of your scholarship for each school year you were in the Senior ROTC program. Do not report your monthly subsistence allowance.
Mark Yes, if you are currently participating in a Senior ROTC Scholarship program that pays for your tuition fees, books, and supplies under Section 2107 of Title 10, U.S. code; otherwise, mark No.
Mark Yes, if you had a period of active duty that the Department of Defense counts for purposes of repaying an education loan; otherwise, mark No. If marked yes, show the period of active duty that the military considers as being used to repay this education loan in Part IX – Remarks.
For Active Duty Claimants only: Mark Yes, if you are receiving or anticipating any money including but not limited to Federal Tuition Assistance from the Armed Forces or Public Health Service for the course for which you have applied to the VA for education benefits; otherwise, mark No.
If you receive such benefits during any part of your training, mark Yes. Mark this item No, if you are only applying for Tuition Assistance Top-Up.
For Civilian Employees of the U.S. Government only: Mark Yes. If you are receiving or anticipating any money including, but not limited to, the Government Employees Training Act from your agency for the same period for which you have applied to the VA for education benefits; otherwise, mark No.
Part VII - Information on VA Education Benefits
Check the box if you want to receive a pamphlet that contains the most current information on VA Education Benefits.
Part VIII - Martial and Dependency Status
Only complete this section if you have military service before January 1, 1977, or delayed entry before January 2, 1978.
Mark Yes, If you are married; otherwise, mark No.
Mark Yes, if you have any children who are under age 18, or over 18 but under age 23, not married and attending school, or of any age permanently helpless for mental or physical reasons; otherwise, mark No.
Mark Yes, If you have a parent who is dependent upon you for financial support; otherwise, mark No.
Part IX - Remarks
Enter additional remarks in the form. If more space is needed, please attach a separate piece of paper. Make sure to include your name and Social Security number on it.
Part X - Certification and Signature of the Applicant
Affix your signature. Do not print.
Enter the date the application form was signed.
Reminders on filling out Form VA 22-1990
- Do not use this form to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits (chapter 31 of title 38, U.S. Code), Dependents Educational Assistance benefits (chapter 35 of title 38, U.S. Code), Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (chapter 33 of title 38, U.S. Code), Transfer of Entitlement, or National Call to Service (section 510 of title 10, U.S. Code). These benefits require different application forms.
- Make sure to write your social security number on each page.
- Make sure to provide all the information needed in Form VA 22-1990.
- Attach all supporting documents needed in filing Form VA 22-1990.
- Check only one of the boxes below Item 9F of the benefit you are relinquishing to receive Chapter 33.
- Take time to read form instructions.
- Review your application. Check for errors in your form.
- Provide accurate and true information. Falsification of application may lead to possible charges.
How to file your claim
Be sure to do the following:
(A) If you have selected a school or training establishment:
Step 1: Mail the completed application to the VA Regional Processing Office for the region of that school's physical address. The addresses of Regional Processing Offices are available in the form.
Step 2. Tell the veterans certifying official at your school or training establishment that you have applied for VA education benefits. Ask him or her to send your enrollment information using VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, or its electronic version.
Step 3. Wait for VA to process your application and notify you of its decision concerning your eligibility for education benefits.
(B) If you haven't selected a school or training establishment:
Step 1: Mail the completed application to the VA Regional Processing Office for the region of your home address. See the addresses below of these VA Regional Processing Offices.
Step 2: Wait for VA to process your application and notify you of its decision concerning your eligibility for education benefits.
How long does it take VA to make a decision?
The average time to process education claims is 30 days.
If you need more help completing this application, you may call VA at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). The call is toll-free. If you use the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the Federal Relay number is 711. You can also get assistance from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website.