How to Apply

Here, you can learn more about how to apply for your veterans education benefits.

 

If You Are Applying for Benefits for the First Time

Chapter 30

  • If you are applying for benefits for the first time, you must complete DVA form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If you are a veteran, you must submit a photocopy of your DD214(s).
  • If you are on active duty, your education officer must sign item #20A of DVA form 22-1990.
  • If your eligibility for Chapter 30 is based on your election to disenroll from Chapter 32 and enroll in chapter 30, submit DD form 2366.

Tuition Assistance Top-up

  • If you have not previously applied for your Montgomery GI Bill benefits, you should complete DVA form 22-1990.
  • Your education officer must sign item #20A of the form.
  • Indicate "Top-up" on the application form in item #1A under the Montgomery GI Bill Active duty Educational Assistance Program block.
  • Attach your completed and signed tuition assistance form to the 22-1990.
  • Send the 22-1990 and the tuition assistance form to the Buffalo Regional Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs at the following address:

    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Buffalo Regional Office
    P.O. Box 4616
    Buffalo, NY 14240-4616

    These claims are handled differently from claims for Montgomery GI Bill benefits without tuition assistance. You will not need to check with UMUC for additional paperwork.

Chapter 31

  • If you are applying for Chapter 31 benefits for the first time, your DVA rehabilitation counselor must provide you with DVA form 22-1905, Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status.
  • You must complete a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • You will receive vouchers to pay your tuition and purchase books and supplies.

Chapter 32

  • If you are applying for Chapter 32 benefits for the first time, you must complete DVA form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If you are a veteran, you must submit a photocopy of your DD214(s).
  • If you are on active duty, your commanding and education officers must sign item #21 of DVA form 22-1990.

Chapter 33

  • Instructions on applying for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33, will be available on this page soon. In the meantime, please visit the GI Bill Web site for the most current information.

Chapter 35

  • If you are applying for Chapter 35 benefits for the first time, you must complete DVA form 22-5490, Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.

Sections 901 and 903

  • If you are applying for Section 901 or Section 903 benefits for the first time, you must complete DVA form 22-8889 (Section 901) or DVA form 22-1990, Application of Educational Benefits (section 903), and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • You must submit a photocopy of your DD214(s).

Chapter 1606

  • If you are applying for Chapter 1606 benefits for the first time, you must complete DVA form 22-1990, Application of Educational Benefits, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • You must submit the original copy of DD form 2384, Notice of Basic Eligibility (available through your reserve unit). 

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If You Have Previously Used Benefits at UMUC

Chapter 30

  • If you have used your Chapter 30 benefits at UMUC within the past six months, you must complete a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If more than six months have passed since you last used benefits, or you have changed your degree program (undergraduate to graduate degree), you must complete DVA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place or Training, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If you are on active duty, your education officer must sign item #17A of DVA form 22-1995.
  • If your status has changed from active-duty to veteran since you last used benefits, you must complete DVA form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If your eligibility for Chapter 30 is based on your election to disenroll in Chapter 32 and enroll in Chapter 30, submit DD form 2366.

Tuition Assistance Top-up

If you have used your Tuition Assistance Top-up for classes at UMUC, you simply submit your completed and signed tuition assistance form for your UMUC courses to the following address:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Buffalo Regional Office
P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616

These claims are handled differently from claims for Montgomery GI Bill benefits without tuition assistance. You will not need to check with UMUC for additional paperwork.

Chapter 31

  • If you have used your Chapter 31 benefits at UMUC in the past, your vocational rehabilitation case manager must issue DVA form 28-1905, Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status, each semester. 
  • You must complete a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • You will receive vouchers to pay your tuition and purchase books and supplies.

Chapter 32

  • If you have used your Chapter 32 benefits at UMUC within the past six months, you must complete a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If more than six months have passed since you last used benefits at UMUC, you must complete DVA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If you are on active duty, your education officer must sign item #17A of DVA form 22-1995.
  • If your status has changed from active duty to veteran since you last used benefits at UMUC, you must complete DVA form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, a UMUC Veterans Certification form, and submit a copy of your DD214(s).

Chapter 35

  • If you used Chapter 35 benefits within the past six months at UMUC, you must complete a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If more than six months have passed since you last used benefits you must complete DVA form 22-5495, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.

Sections 901 and 903

  • If you have used your Section 901 or Section 903 benefits at UMUC within the past six months, you must complete a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If more than six months have passed since you last used benefits at UMUC, you must complete DVA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.

Chapter 1606

  • If you have used Chapter 1606 benefits within the past six months at UMUC, you must complete a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If more than six months have passed since you last used benefits, you must complete DVA form 22-1995, Request Change of Program or Place of Training, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.

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If You Have Used Benefits at an Institution Other than UMUC

Chapter 30

  • If you have used your Chapter 30 benefits at another school and your status has not changed, you must complete DVA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training, and
  • a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD214.
  • If you are on active duty, your education officer must sign item #17a of DVA form 22-1995.
  • If you used benefits at another school and your status has changed from active duty to veteran, you must complete DVA form 22-1990 , Application for Educational Benefits, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form and submit a copy of your DD214.
  • If your eligibility for Chapter 30 is based on your election to disenroll from Chapter 32 and enroll in Chapter 30, submit DD form 2366.

Tuition Assistance Top-up

If you have used your Tuition Assistance Top-up for classes at another institution, you simply submit your completed and signed tuition assistance form for your UMUC courses to the following address:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Buffalo Regional Office
PO Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616

These claims are handled differently from claims for Montgomery GI Bill benefits without tuition assistance. You will not need to check with UMUC for additional paperwork.

Chapter 31

  • If you used Chapter 31 benefits at another institution, the DVA Vocational Rehabilitation Department must issue DVA form 28-1905, Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status, for you to attend UMUC.
  • You must complete a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • You will receive vouchers to pay your tuition and purchase books and supplies.

Chapter 32

  • If you have used your Chapter 32 benefits at another school and your status has not changed, you must complete DVA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program and Place of Training, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.
  • If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD214.
  • If you are on active duty, your education officer must sign item #17a of DVA form 22-1995.
  • If you used benefits at another school and your status has changed from active duty to veteran, you must complete DVA form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits, a UMUC Veterans Certification form, and submit a copy of your DD214(s).

Sections 901 and 903

  • If you used your Section 901 or Section 903 benefits at another institution, you must complete DVA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.

Chapter 1606

  • If you used your Chapter 1606 benefits at another school, you must complete DVA form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.

Chapter 35

  • If you used your Chapter 35 benefits at another school, you must complete DVA form 22-5495, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training, and a UMUC Veterans Certification form.

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