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Veterans Affairs

How to apply and use the GI Bill®

  1. Apply for VA benefits on-line at www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/

If 1st time user, create VONAPP account, and choose one of these options:

Applicants Under Chapter 33 (Post 9/11)

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Applicants Under Chapter 30 (Active Duty)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Applicants Under Chapter 1606 (Reserves)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Complete VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Benefits)

Print out the VONAPP confirmation and bring it to:

ASUB Veterans Representative:

Beebe, Searcy, Heber Springs

Advanced Technology/Allied Health, Room 111
Arkansas State University – Beebe
Beebe, AR 72012
Hours: 08:00-17:00 M-F

Little Rock AFB

Education Building RM 118
Arkansas State University - LRAFB
Jacksonville, AR 72076
Hours: 08:00-17:00 M-F

It is advised to begin this process at least a month before the semester begins for first time students.

Applicants Under (Dependents) Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) Transfer of Entitlement

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® allows Service members to transfer unused benefits to their spouses or dependent children.

Official DoD Website for Information on Transferability

Complete VA Form 22-1990e (Application for Family Member to Use Transferred Benefits), complete after DoD has approved Post 9/11 transfer benefits to your family member.

Print out the VONAPP confirmation and bring it to:

ASUB Veterans Representative:

Beebe, Searcy, Heber Springs

Advanced Technology/Allied Health, Room 111
Arkansas State University – Beebe
Beebe, AR 72012
Hours: 08:00-17:00 M-F

Little Rock AFB

Education Building RM 118
Arkansas State University - LRAFB
Jacksonville, AR 72076
Hours: 08:00-17:00 M-F

It is advised to begin this process at least a month before the semester begins for first time students.

Applicants Under (Dependents) Chapter 35

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Complete VA Form 22-5490 (Dependents’ Application for VA Benefits)

if dependent, not Post 9/11 transfer

Print out the VONAPP confirmation and bring it to:

ASUB Veterans Representative:

Beebe, Searcy, Heber Springs

Advanced Technology/Allied Health, Room 111
Arkansas State University – Beebe
Beebe, AR 72012
Hours: 08:00-17:00 M-F

Little Rock AFB

Education Building RM 118
Arkansas State University - LRAFB
Jacksonville, AR 72076
Hours: 08:00-17:00 M-F

It is advised to begin this process at least a month before the semester begins for first time students.

Applicants Under Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E))

A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor(VRC) works with the Veteran to complete a determination if an employment handicap exists. An employment handicap exists if the Veteran's service connected disability impairs his/her ability to obtain and maintain a job.

If the service connected disability rating is less than 20%, or if the Veteran is beyond 12-years of the date they were first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating (basic period of eligibility), then a serious employment handicap must be found to establish entitlement to VR&E services.

An individualized, written outline of the services, resources and criteria that will be used to achieve employment and/or independent living goals. The plan is an agreement that is signed by the Veteran and the VRC and is updated as needed to assist the Veteran to achieve his/her goals.

A Veteran participating in the VR&E Program who qualifies for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can elect to receive the GI Bill rate of pay instead of the regular Chapter 31 subsistence allowance. In most cases, the GI Bill rate is higher than the regular Chapter 31 rate of pay. To elect the GI Bill rate, the Veteran must have remaining eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and must formally choose (or “elect”) the GI Bill rate.

Additional benefits are also available through the VR&E Program, such as full payment of all books, fees and supplies as well as other supportive services.

Complete VA Form 28-1900 (Disabled Veteran’s Application for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment)

Note: The VA Regional Office will send you an email to confirm receipt of your application.

  1. Register for classes.

Refer to the ASUB website for registration dates, then log onto Campus Connect to confirm your assigned advisor

Contact your advisor to set up an appointment to register for courses, print out a copy of your class schedule and a get a copy of a degree audit for your degree plan

Complete a VA Certification Request, and submit it along with a copy of your class schedule to your Veterans Representative. You should do this after you are fairly certain that your selection of classes is final. If you submit a Certification Request and then change classes, you will have to submit an updated Certification Request. The form is also available at the Veterans Representative Offices. Hours: 08:00-17:00 M-F

ASU Beebe, Heber, Searcy: Michele Mailhiot - E-mail: mmmailhiot@asub.edu

Little Rock Air Force Base: Connie Outlaw – E-Mail: cmoutlaw@asub.edu

The Certification Request will allow the Veterans Services Office of Veterans Affairs to

Confirm your registration in ASUB’s internal confirmation process, and

Release your information, as required, to the Veterans Regional Office. NOTE: You must submit a separate VA Certification Request for each enrollment term. If term enrollment dates overlap, the VA Regional Office adds the credit hours from the terms together during the overlapping period(s) to calculate your eligibility.

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation Students: Please note that in addition to above Certification Request items; you must have your Vocational Rehab counselor send Form 28-1905 to your VA Representative.

If you decide not to attend ASUB for any term, you must withdraw from all classes through the ASUB Registration Office, by the end of the 100% refund period, by the specific date(s) per term to receive a full adjustment of charges. Not attending class does not remove this obligation; if you are registered, you are liable for charges. Information for registration and withdrawal dates can be found at: www.asub.edu/academics/academic-affairs/academic-calendars

You must inform your Veteran Representative of any dropped classes or cancelled terms ASAP. Failure to do so will result in an incurred liability for the overpaid tuition from unattended classes.