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*A supplemental claim is a re-enrollment or other change that impacts your benefit.


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Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) Application is Open

May 3, 2021

The Veteran application is now available. To learn more about VRRAP and how to apply, please see here.


Isakson and Roe: Section 1106 - SCO Webinar - 5/5

April 29, 2021

Upon registration, you will receive a calendar hold with an Adobe Connect link to join your selected session.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | 1pm EST (SAAs & SCOs)

Isakson and Roe: Sections 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105 and 1018 SCO Webinars - 4/28-29

April 22, 2021

We encourage you to choose the time that best fits your schedule. We will cover the same information at all sessions.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 11am EST (SCOs)
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 1pm EST (SCOs)
Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 11am EST (SCOs)
Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 1pm EST (SCOs)

Lump Sum Payment Program (LSPP) Training for Work Study Allowance Programs Participants

April 15, 2021 8:25 AM

Through the LSPP, eligible Education and Training Institutions may apply to become a 154 Administrating Facility (154AF), which allows them to receive an annual lump sum payment from VA. The lump sum payment will be used to pay eligible Work Study students who are receiving GI Bill benefits at the ETI.

In the coming weeks, we will send you more information about the program, including how to apply. In the meantime, we encourage you to review the following training materials which provide an in-depth view of what the program entails.

- Presentation Deck

Changes to the “48 Month Rule” for VR&E and EDU Beneficiaries

April 7, 2021 8:00 AM

Effective April 1, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) no longer counts the use of Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) benefits (chapter 31) against the 48-month limit on GI Bill education benefits such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The use of GI Bill education benefits will continue to count against the 48-month limit on VR&E benefits. See our 48-Month Rule FAQs.

VA has started to process impacted claims and enrollments with this update, and eligible individuals will receive a notification letter from VA, outlining whether you have more GI Bill entitlement available.

If you have any questions, please contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time.

Yellow Ribbon Program Agreements

March 16, 2021 1:15 PM

From March 15 to May 15, 2021, we are accepting new Yellow Ribbon Program agreements, modifications to existing open-ended agreements, or agreements to withdraw from participation. See our Yellow Ribbon Program Schools’ web page for instructions and forms.

The recent passage of Public Law 116-315, Section 1008, “Technical Correction to Clarify Eligibility for Participation in Yellow Ribbon Program of Department of Veterans Affairs,” allows foreign schools to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. This law amends Section 3317(a) of title 38 USC. VA is working to implement this section of the law and will post information specifically for foreign schools in the near future in order to provide information on the application process for academic year 2021-2022.

January 21, 2021 11:00 AM

With the start of Spring enrollment season, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is experiencing an increase in claims pending. All claims are worked in the order they are received. Currently VA is processing the majority of original enrollments within 24 days and the majority of re-enrollments within 12 days.  You can contact our call center at 1-888-442-4551 or ask a question pertaining to benefits or your claim. See how VA is responding to COVID-19 and supporting GI Bill beneficiaries.

Effective 11/5/20 STEM Scholarship Beneficiaries are Eligible for Work Study Benefits

December 2, 2020 10:45 AM

Work Study applications and contracts are currently being accepted for STEM Scholarship recipients. Rogers STEM Scholarship beneficiaries interested in Work Study may apply at

Verify STEM Attendance via Text

November 6, 2020 4:00 PM

Beginning this month, Rogers STEM Scholars will receive an initial opt-in text message to their primary phone number asking if they would like to participate in STEMText. If Rogers STEM Scholars opt-in to the program, they will receive text messages each month to verify their attendance.

Watch this video to learn more about the STEMText program!

VA Extending Benefits Beyond 48 Months

October 28, 2020 3:30 PM

See our Facebook Post that explains how your benefits can be extended if they don't cover your full term.  You can also ask us any questions in the comments.

Special COVID Rules Extended to December 21, 2021

October 1, 2020 3:30 PM

See our Facebook Post that explains how it affects you.  You can also ask us any questions in the comments.

School Certifying Officials (SCOs) Training Update

September 1, 2020 10:00 AM

The FY’20 training cycle was extended to August 31st and is now closed.

The FY’21 training cycle begins on October 1, 2020.

Visit the SCO Training Page for additional information on SCO Annual Training Requirements.

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