What steps are required to become certified to receive MGIB benefits?
1. Complete and submit an "Application for VA Education Benefits” to the VA (Form 22-1990), or if you have received benefits before, a ”Request for Change of Program” (Form 22-1995). Chapter 35 students should fill out Form 22-5490 or Form 22-5495 respectively.
An electronic application form is available and can be completed and submitted online at https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/. You must send a copy of your completed form, or a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility or a screenshot of your benefit status from the vets.gov site showing confirmation of entitlement to the Military Support office at WGU. Upload documents in the Military Support tab of your Student Portal.
To see if you qualify for Chapter 31 Benefits (VA Vocational Rehabilitation), you must contact your local VA regional office. You will be assigned to a VA counselor who should provide WGU’s Military Support office with a form 1905 prior to your start date.
2. Contact WGU’s Military Support office and speak with one of the certifying officials.
There are many different military education benefit programs and it is important that you receive the correct instructions from one of WGU’s certifying officials so you don’t experience unnecessary delays in receiving your benefits. Contact them at:
1-877-435-7948, ext. 3127, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will MGIB benefits cover my tuition and fees?
Chapters 30, 35, 1606 and 1607 benefits are paid monthly directly to the student and should be viewed as reimbursement for costs incurred while attending school. You will need to either pay the tuition in full prior to the start date, or enroll in a payment plan, or have financial aid and/or a Pell award to fulfill your financial obligation to WGU.
Students with entitlement to Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) benefits will have the expected amount to be paid directly to the school by the VA deferred from their account upon confirmation of said payment amount. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition based upon the percentage amount corresponding to the length of your service. The monthly stipend is paid based upon that percentage as well as on the number of CU’s you enroll in which reflects your rate of pursuit. Arrangements for payment of any tuition balance remaining must be set up with the Financial Services team prior to the start of each term.
All requests for payment plans or deferrals should be made at least two weeks prior to the first day of a new term.
Article Number: 20427, 1530