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Applying for and Using your GI Bill

These are the basic steps you should follow to begin using your GI Bill benefits.

Step 1: Application

The first step toward receiving your VA educational benefits is to fill out an application. We strongly encourage you to utilize the online application available here. It will spped up the VA’s processing if you scan a copy of your DD214 and submit it with your application. For veterans, the form that you should fill out is a VA Form 22-1990. For the dependent of a veteran, you should fill out VA Form 22-5490.

Step 2: Apply to Nicholls and schedule your classes

You will need to follow all of the steps required by our Office of Admissions. This includes submitting an application, paying the application fee, and scheduling.

Step 3: Certify your classes with the VA Counselor

Each semester you will need to certify that you are attending classes. You can do this by submitting a Request Form for VA Benefits. This form is also available at the counter of the Office of Veterans Services. This is something you will need to do each semester you want to receive your VA benefits.

Step 4: Verify your attendance with the VA

For chapters 30, 1606 and 1607 of the GI Bill, it is required that you verify that you are attending your classes. You can do this by calling 1-877-823-2378 or online. Once you verify your attendance, your payment will then be processed.

Step 5: Receive payment

If you have questions about the amount or time of payments, call 1-888-442-4551 . To avoid overpayments please let the Veterans Services Coordinator know when you drop a class.

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