Steps to Success - Using your GI Bill
IMPORTANT INFORMATION & CHANGES TO VONAPP
The application for education benefits form 22-1990 is available on the vets.gov site. It is no longer an option within VONAPP. Complete the 22-1990.
The 22-1990 is the form used if you are a veteran or service member applying for an education benefit for the first time. The VONAPP system still contains other important forms such as compensation, pension, vocational rehabilitation, and employment, or burial benefits, change in place/training, and dependent application for VA benefits.
DO NOT USE 22-1990N or 22-1990E to apply for Post 9/11 GI Bill, CH30, or CH1606.
The 22-1990N is ONLY used for National Call to service. The 22-1990E is ONLY for family member to use transferred benefits.
How do the benefits break down?
Benefits will be awarded based on start date of term session and total credits.The VA’s definition of Full Time does not always align with Tri-C or Financial Aid.
“Full time” minimum course load, for VA education benefits, is as follows:
- 12 credit hours for 16 week terms
- 10 credit hours for 14 week terms
- 6 credit hours for 8 week terms
- 7 credit hours for 10 week terms
- 4 credit hours for 5 week terms
Student Veteran R. Smith started one 16 week class on Jan 14. On January 28, R. Smith picked up several 14 week classes, bumping the schedule up to full time status only at the start of the 14 week session.
If Student Veteran R. Smith is using Post 9/11, he will only receive the housing allowance dated to the beginning of the 14 week term, as the housing allowance is not paid to students below half time status.
If Student Veteran R. Smith is using other VA education benefits (Montgomery, REAP, VEAP), he will receive a combination of part time and full time rates (full time rate dating to the date his schedule was officially full time).
- You must attend all courses in order to receive GI Bill Benefits. If you fail to attend courses, you will receive an "F" specifically for nonattendance. The VA will recoup monies paid to Veterans who received benefits and failed to attend all courses.
- Veterans are encouraged to take their courses in the same session when possible to ensure a smoother processing of benefits. Make sure to work with your Academic Counselor and Certifying Official.
- If you are using FTA, it cannot be paired with reserve select Montgomery or National Guard scholarship. FTA can be used by currently serving soldiers only, more information is featured on the veteran’s website.
- Plan ahead for the upcoming semester courses; waiting till last minute will only put yourself at risk for missing out on the current semester class offering to satisfy your degree requirements and utilizing the maximum amount of benefits.
- After you are certified for benefits, the VA is the party responsible for paying you or the school. Any questions on payment info (timing, direct deposit, and amount) should be directed to St. Louis Regional Office at (1-888-442-4551).
- YOU are responsible for meeting the expectations required of your benefits, which include: attending class, resubmitting paperwork, and planning ahead to insure academic success as you attend Cuyahoga Community College.
- Certification is on a first come, first served basis. The sooner you turn in all your paperwork each semester, the sooner you will be certified to receive your benefits, so please do not procrastinate.