Initiating the Ch 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill

For first-time sevice member applicants:

  • To start the application process, visit www.gibill.va.gov
    Ensure that you have a digital version of your DD214 to submit electronically. If you cannot submit your DD214 electronically, you may mail a copy of it to the St. Louis Regional Education Office.
  • Click on "Apply for Benefits" near the center of the screen.
  • Go to "Apply Online (VONAPP)."
  • Complete VA form 22-1990 (Application for Education Benefits).

* Note: Procession you application takes about 10-12 weeks for the VA Regional Processing Office to complete claims for benefits.  The earlier you submit the paperwork, the more likely you are to receive your benefits in a timely manner.

Once the VA determines your eligibility, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility(COE) will be mailed to you. This document confirms that you are eligible to use your benefits.

  • If there is a discrepancy in eligibility percentage, payments, delays in processing, or certifications, please call the St. Louis Regional Education Office at 1-888-442-4551.
  • If you have misplaced your DD214, you can request another copy here.

Final Step: After completing registration for classes at UCCS, you may come in, e-mail, or fax a copy of your COE and a Course Load Worksheet(CLW)* to our office for processing.

CH.33 Post 9/11 GI Bill- transferring from another school:

If you have a COE but your regional office is not St. Louis, MO: