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How to Establish Benefits


Step 1:

Submit application to the VA at the G.I. Bill website (www.gibill.va.gov/)

To determine which form you should submit please click here and read the documents requirement listed by chapter. Print an additional copy of your application to submit to our office.

You may apply electronically or print the entire application and mail to the processing center. For students attending Alabama A&M University, the address for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Muskogee Regional Processing Office is:


Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Regional Office

P.O. Box 8888

Muskogee, OK 74402-8888

If you have questions regarding your benefits, contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.

Step 2:

Provide a copy of your application from Step 1 and the following required documents, according to your chapter of eligibility, to the AAMU Office of Veterans Affairs and Disability Services.

Once enrolled, you must contact our office immediately should any of the following occur:

  • Chapter 30, Montgomery G.I. Bill (Active Duty) veterans: If applying for the first time, submit a copy of VA Form 22-1990 and the member-4 copy of DD Form 214. If you have received benefits before, are transferring schools, or changing your major, submit VA Form 22-1995. If you are currently on active duty, your Educational Service Officer must also sign your application; it is understood you may not have a DD Form 214
  • Chapter 33, Post -9/11 G.I. Bill: Both new and current students who wish to elect these benefits should submit VA Form 22-1990 at the G.I. Bill website listed above in Step 1, then provide a copy of the application to the AAMU Office of Veterans Affairs and Disability Services to notify us of this election (the VA response letter of eligibility should also be provided upon receipt). New students should also submit to the office the member-4 copy of DD Form 214. Service members interested in transfer of Post-9/11 benefits to dependents should follow the online application instructions. Transfer Post 9/11 Benefits. You must provide copies of the resulting 'TEB" document and the student's VA Form 22-1990e to the AAMU Office of Veterans Affairs and Disability Services (the VA response letter of eligibility should also be provided, upon receipt).
  • Chapter 35, Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance Program: If applying for the first time, submit a copy of VA form 22-5490, birth of marriage certificate confirming relation to veteran, and the veteran's disability rating sheet. If you have received benefits before, transferring schools, or changing your major, submit VA form 22-5495 instead. 
  • Chapter 1606, Montgomery G.I. Bill - Selective Reserve: if applying for the first time, submit a copy of VA form 22-1990 and DD Form 2384 NOBE *available from your unit commander). If you have received benefits before, transferring schools, or changing your major, submit VA Form 22-1990 instead.
  • Chapter 1607 (REAP) Reserve Education Assistance Program: If applying for the first time, submit a copy of VA Form 22-1990, a copy of your orders, and the member-4 copy of DD Form 214. If you have received benefits before, transferring schools, or changing your major, submit VA Form 22-1995 instead.

Step 3:

As soon as you register for your classes, complete the AAMU VA Certification Form. AAMU VA Certification Form


You will submit a new AAMU VA Certification form each semester you receive benefits.


Step 4:

Throughout the semester, on the last day of each month, Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 recipients must verify their continued enrollment with the VA; failure to do so will delay benefits. For monthly verification of enrollment, call 1-877-823-2378 or submit using WAVE online.

If you do not receive payment within two weeks of verifying attendance, immediately call the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

To receive payment by Direct Deposit, contact the VA at 1-877-838-2778.

Once enrolled, you must contact our office immediately should any of the following occur:

  • You withdraw or do not enroll for a particular term
  • Your total number of enrollment hours changes ( you add / drop a course)
  • You change your major or degree program
  • Your benefits expire (you have met the delimiting date)
  • You do not wish to be certified for a particular term in which you enroll


The VA requires that students receiving benefits attend class regularly and maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP), as defined the UAH Financial Aid Policies Governing Aid. The VA will only pay benefits for courses that are part of your degree or certificate program as outlined in the AAMU Catalog, and will not pay benefits to repeat a course in which you have received a passing grade. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress may result in loss / repayment of benefits. The law requires that the VA must collect all benefits paid for a course win which the grade assigned is not used in computing the requirements for graduation (including incomplete grades and withdrawal(s), unless mitigating circumstances can be demonstrated.