Step 2: Collect Your Paperwork and Information

(You will need a few documents to complete the application. Please review the list below to make your you have everything you need to complete the process)

Dates and service status for each period of military service.

Dates and service status for each period of military service is used to determine your percentage of entitlement.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit level is based on your aggregate qualifying active duty service, which is total service, including separate periods.

Payback time for ROTC or Service Academy does not count as qualifying service.

The number of months of eligibility remaining for benefits under one or more VA education programs.

If you have used benefits under one or more VA education programs, you may be entitled to additional benefits under another program.

For example, an individual who has remaining entitlement under the Montgomery GI Bill can exhaust that entitlement and may still receive up to an additional 12 months under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Whether you have participated in the $600 Buy-Up Program.

You must be a member of a Ready Reserve component (Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve, or Inactive National Guard) to participate in the Buy-Up Program.

Members of a Ready Reserve Component may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional GI Bill benefits. The additional $600 contribution is not payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

All necessary documents.

The documents needed are: DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty for most recent period of active duty.

Transcripts for all periods of education after high school.
Kicker Contract (the Department of Defense may be able to provide this information if you cannot locate a copy of the contract.)

OPTIONAL: The routing or transit number and account number of a bank account to allow direct deposit of benefits.

If you are entitled to direct payment of benefits, such as the monthly living allowance, a stipend for books and supplies, and/or the one-time rural benefit payment, the funds can be deposited directly to your bank account, giving you the fastest access to your payments. The routing or transit number and the number of the account will be required during the application process.