If your school or program has closed or been disapproved due to a change in law or VA regulations, you may be eligible for partial or full restoration of your education benefits.
If you apply for and are found eligible for restoration of entitlement because your school closed or your program of education was disapproved while you were attending school and using GI Bill benefits, your entitlement is restored immediately.
To qualify for expanded restoration for the entire program of education under 38 USC § 3699(c)(2), you must certify on VA Form 22-0989 that you have transferred fewer than 12 credit hours from your program that closed or was disapproved due to a change in law or VA policy. You do this by completing questions 9A-D and answering “No” to question 9D.
Public Law 117-297, Veterans Eligible to Transfer Schools (VETS) Credit Act, has also made it easier to apply for restoration of entitlement. For any covered closure or disapproval after December 27, 2022, you do not need to enroll in a new school prior to applying for restoration of benefits. If you have not yet enrolled in a new program and therefore do not yet know whether you will or will not get 12 or more credits transferred, you simply answer “No” to question 9A on VA Form 22-0989. VA will consider this as your certification that your new school has not granted you 12 or more credit hours for course(s) taken from the closed/disapproved school. You do not have to complete questions 9B, 9C, or 9D.
If you certify that you have transferred fewer than 12 credit hours from your closed or disapproved program (either by answering “No” to question 9A or “Yes” to question 9A but “No” to question 9D), you are also acknowledging that if you ultimately are transferred 12 or more credit hours from your program that closed or was disapproved due to a change in law or VA policy, VA will rescind (revoke) any restored entitlement previously restored based on that closure or disapproval.
MHA will be payable until the end of the term, quarter, or semester that you attended during the program or school permanent closure; or 120 days after the school or program ends (whichever is sooner). There is no entitlement charge for MHA payments made during this time period.
If your school is temporarily closed, VA will continue to pay your benefits through the end of the term or 28 days, whichever is sooner.
* NOTE: The special COVID-19 provisions that allowed VA to continue benefits payments if your school was temporarily closed due to COVID-19 expired on June 1, 2022.
If you believe you meet the requirements outlined above – complete the Education Benefit Entitlement Restoration Request Due to School Closure or Withdrawal form.
If you have any additional questions, contact the Education Service Call Center at 888-442-4551. The Call Center is open from 7:00am – 6:00pm Central Time.