The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers a number of educational benefits to veterans. This page contains information and links on how to use your veterans benefits at our university.
There are multiple GI Bill® benefits and each is different. We recommend that you compare your options using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool or the comparison table at the VA website. These tools can help you calculate your benefits, research approved programs, and determine eligibility.
In addition, you can view more detailed information on the following programs:
- The Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill® If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.
- Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Provides education benefits to Veterans and servicemembers who have at least two years of active duty.
- Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) Provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.
- Survivors and Dependent Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
- Offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
- Apply for admission to our university.
- Decide which GI Bill® best fits your needs.
- Visit https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ to submit your application for benefits. The site will prompt you to complete the appropriate form 22-1990 (first time VA applicant)) or 22-1995 (returning VA applicant).
- Enter this information in the Full Name and Address of School field:
American Public University System
111 W. Congress Street
Charles Town, WV 25414
- Keep an eye out for the VA certificate of eligibility (COE).
- Fax your COE and completed VA Benefits form to 304-724-3782 (toll free to 877-480-4236), or email to email@example.com.
- Log into the student ecampus and register for class. If you use the Montgomery GI Bill®, the VA will pay you directly meaning you will need to self-pay during registration.
- If prompted during the registration process, give your consent for the university to submit your course registrations to the VA.
- We will submit verification of your enrollment to the VA after the drop period for your course(s).
- You will need to re-verify your enrollment on the last day of each month you are enrolled in class.
- Visit the Finance Center in the student ecampus to view the VA Enrollment Status (Rate of Pursuit) table for course load requirements.
The Top-Up benefit may be used if the course cost is not completely funded by TA or when a student exhausts military tuition assistance. TA Top-Up may be used for Chapter 30 & 33 only.
For example, if the course tuition is $750 and TA pays $500, your out-of-pocket expense is $250. You may request to submit the $250 tuition charges to the VA for reimbursement using Top-Up. You are responsible for making arrangements to pay any balance not covered by TA at the start of your course. Access to the course will not be permitted until the balance is paid in full.
Students who wish to apply for TA Top-Up should contact VAQuestions@apus.edu to request a TA Top-Up Request Form. The university will submit an enrollment to the VA to include the amount of tuition and fees remaining after all TA funding has been reduced. Please note, the use of Top-Up will exhaust a portion of your GI Bill® benefits. The amount exhausted depends on the chapter benefit being used and the time length of the courses.
As a veteran, you may be entitled to Veteran Readiness and Employment Service (VR&E), Chapter 31, education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. VR&E benefits allow the student to receive benefits that may cover the cost of tuition, fees, and related education expenses. VR&E may also pay a stipend for course enrollments, based on your enrollment status.
If you are interested in determining your eligibility for this program, you may call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 and ask about Veteran Readiness and Employment Service benefits. You may also learn more online by visiting http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOCREHAB/index.asp. From this site, you can also apply for the benefit online. If it is determined by the VA that you are eligible, the VA will direct you to a VA Regional Benefit Office (in your local area) to meet with your assigned VR&E counselor to review your goals and be approved to begin enrolling in courses.
Once you’re approved for Veteran Readiness and Employment Service benefits, your VR&E counselor will need to submit a Purchase Order authorization for educational benefits to APUS using the Tungsten Network portal. This Purchase Order authorization will allow APUS to grant course access for upcoming registrations and submit your enrollments (22-1999) to your VR&E counselor.
We recommend that your VR&E counselor submit a Purchase Order authorization with starting and ending dates to supply you with an authorization to coincide with our monthly course start dates to allow you the flexibility to schedule courses based on your personal schedule (courses start the first Monday of each month).