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VA Now Accepting Fry Scholarship Applications from Eligible Surviving Spouses

November 7, 2014 3:59 PM

VA is accepting applications for the Fry Scholarship from surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died on active duty after September 10, 2001. Review this fact sheet to find out if you may be eligible for this benefit. To apply for the Fry Scholarship, complete this application. Submit your application by mailing the completed form to the Regional Processing Office for the state where your school is located (addresses found here), or by emailing the completed PDF application form through our secure email system. Click here to create an account in our email system. You will be able to use your account to send the PDF application form to a customer service representative for processing.

Fry Scholarship Program Expansion

October 22, 2014 3:05 PM

The Fry Scholarship Program will expand to include surviving spouses of those who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Click here for more information.

New Rates Published

August 15, 2014 3:55 PM

The maximum Tuition & Fee amounts and Monthly Housing Rates for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the basic monthly rates for the Montgomery GI Bill, REAP, and Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program are now available on the Rate Tables page.

8 Keys to Veterans' Success

July 16, 2014 2:55 PM

The “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” (8 Keys) are a voluntary initiative through the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Education. They highlight specific ways that colleges and universities can support veterans as they pursue their education and employment goals.

Click here for the letter from Allison A. Hickey, Under Secretary of Benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs and Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, Department of Education, encouraging institutions of higher education to affirm support for the 8 Keys to Veterans' Success.


Yellow Ribbon Program Information Now Available For 2014 - 2015 School Year

May 29, 2014 2:22 PM

The list of schools participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2014 - 2015 school year is now available. Please click here for more information.


Reminder to Students and School Certifying Officials

May 21, 2014 9:55 AM

Requests for copies of student eligibility documentation, i.e. Certificates of Eligibility, Award Letters, etc. must be made in writing by using the “Submit A Question” feature of our website, through postal mail, or facsimile. No verbal requests for documentation can be accepted for security reasons.



Open Season for 2014 Yellow Ribbon Program Participation

March 14, 2014 10:22 AM

The open season for the 2014 - 2015 academic year Yellow Ribbon Program participation runs from March 15 - May 15, 2014. See our Yellow Ribbon Program school administrator's page for more information.



VRAP Announcement

March 10, 2014 9:59 AM

VA’s authority to issue payments under VRAP ends March 31, 2014. To ensure payment for current enrollment periods, VA School Certifying Officials should submit all enrollment certifications no later than March 17, 2014. Enrollments will not be accepted after that date. If your enrollment period extends beyond March 31, you may be eligible for an additional lump-sum payment to complete the training period. Learn more on the VRAP website.

Students currently receiving VRAP benefits may verify their enrollment for March as usual through VA’s Web Automated Verification of Enrollment or Interactive Voice Response on or after March 31. To verify attendance, visit the WAVE website or call the automated verification line at 877-823-2378, or the customer service team at 888-442-4551[7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (CDT)]. Students must notify School Certifying Officials and VA at 888-GI Bill-1 (888-442-4551) of any changes in enrollment that occur on or after April 1, 2014.



Pat Tillman Military Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

February 19, 2014 9:19 AM

The Pat Tillman Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the annual application process for the Tillman Military Scholarship. As a supplement to the Post 9-11 GI Bill, the scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living stipend, for eligible service members, veterans or military spouses who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degrees as full-time students at a public or private, US-based accredited institution. The application for the 2014-2015 academic year will remain open until Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:59:59 EST at


School Certifying Official Webinar Transcript Now Available

February 18, 2014 10:33 AM

A copy of the January 9, 2014 webinar is now posted online with a copy of the powerpoint used in the presentation and questions & answers from the presentation.

Click here to visit the School Certifying Official Training Presentations page. 

GI Bill Comparison Tool Online

February 4, 2014 10:00 AM

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching an innovative new GI Bill Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for Veterans to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. The GI Bill Comparison Tool is designed to enable student Veterans and their families to compare education options and make informed choices that will help them reach their educational goals and find a good job.

Click here to visit the Comparison Tool


Centralized Online Complaint System Now Available

January 30, 2014 11:14 AM

The centralized online reporting system is designed for Veterans, Servicemembers, and eligible dependents to report negative experiences with educational institutions; and gives the federal government the information needed to identify and address unfair, deceptive, and misleading practices and ensure high quality academic and student support services are available for Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families.

Click here to access the Complaint System 


Announcement of Centralized Online Complaint System

January 9, 2014 10:38 AM

This letter announces and explains the forthcoming online complaint system required by Executive Order 13607. Click here to view. 



November 22, 2013 09:00 AM

Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the GI Bill Call Center and VA National Call Center. Two fraudulent numbers that differ from the official VA call center numbers by one digit are being used to gain access to personal and financial information, including credit card information, from Veterans that call in. Please note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Be cautious giving personal sensitive information over the phone and make sure that you dial the correct number when trying to reach us.

The fraudulent numbers are:

  • 800-872-1000 (the CORRECT VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)
  • 888-442-4511 (the CORRECT VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551) 

New Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions Available

September 13, 2013 2:33 PM

The American Council on Education (ACE) has launched an enhanced online Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions featuring blogs and interactive discussion forums for participating institutions and furthering ACE's mission of supporting higher education programs that ensure veterans are college and career ready. Click here to visit.


VAs Federal Benefits for Veterans book now available in multiple electronic formats

August 7, 2013 09:49 AM

The 2013 VA Federal Benefit Book is now available in a variety of electronic formats, including PDF, Kindle, Nook, iOS and Android. Click here for more information.

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