VA FORM 22-1990, DEC 2016
ITEM 9C. You may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program, also known as MGIB-SR or chapter
1606, if you are a member of the Selected Reserve and meet certain requirements, including a 6-year commitment. (The Departments of Defense and
Homeland Security determine eligibility for this program.)
To expedite processing, attach a copy of your DD 2384, Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (GI BILL) Notice of Basic Eligibility. This
form is also called a "NOBE." Your reserve unit should have issued this notice to you when you became eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected
Reserve Educational Assistance Program. If you are unable to locate your copy, request a duplicate from your reserve unit.
ITEM 9D. You may be eligible for benefits under the Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), also known as Chapter 32,
if your service began on or after January 1, 1977, and before July 1, 1985, and you contributed to a VEAP account.
You may be eligible for benefits under the Post-Vietnam Era Non-Contributory Veterans' Educational Assistance Program, also known as "Non-
Contributory VEAP" or Section 903", if your service began on or after November 30, 1980, and before October 1, 1981, and your branch of service paid
contributions into your VEAP account.
ITEM 9E. If you are eligible for MGIB, MGIB-SR, OR REAP, you must elect to give up eligibility under the program for which you are eligible in
order to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33). If you are eligible for more than one of the programs listed (MGIB, MGIB-SR, and
REAP), you are only required to give up one of the programs for which you are eligible in order to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You may
not receive more than a total of 48 months of benefits under two or more programs. If you elect chapter 33 in lieu of MGIB, MGIB-SR, or REAP and
you have used MGIB in the past, your months of entitlement under chapter 33 will be limited to the number of months of entitlement remaining under
the relinquished chapter 30 benefit on the effective date of your election. If you wish to elect to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, check the
box next to the program (only check one box) you are giving up.
NOTE: An election to give up benefits under an existing program and receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill is IRREVOCABLE. You should
carefully consider your decision before completing this section. If you need more information to make a choice, you should visit our website at
or call our toll-free customer service number at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
ITEM 10A. Self-explanatory, except for the following items:
"Vocational Flight Training." You must already have a private pilot's license. If you are taking an Airline Transport Pilot course, you must have a valid
first-class medical certificate on the date that you enter training. For all other flight courses, you must have a valid second-class medical certificate on the
date that you enter training.
"National Test Reimbursement." You can be reimbursed for the cost of approved tests for admission to, or credit at, institutions of higher learning.
"Licensing or Certification Test Reimbursement." A licensing test is a test offered by a state, local, or federal agency that is required by law to practice
an occupation. A certification test is a test designed to provide affirmation of an individual's qualifications in a specific occupation. Examples include
EMT, CPA, MCSE, CCNP, etc.
"Tuition Assistance Top-Up." This benefit is payable only under MGIB and the Post-9/11 GI Bill programs. You can receive benefits to pay for the
difference between what the military pays with Tuition Assistance (TA) and the total costs of these courses.
QUESTIONS ARE ONLY FOR APPLICANTS WHOSE SERVICE BEGAN BEFORE JANUARY 1, 1977, (or delayed entry before January 2, 1978). If
you are currently married or if you have children under age 18 (under age 23 if in school), you should complete and return VA Form 21-686c. If your
children are in school, you should also complete and return VA Form 21-674 for each child. If your parent(s) are dependent on you for financial support,
you should complete and return VA Form 21-509. These forms may require additional documentation. VA cannot pay any additional benefits for
dependents without properly completed forms and documentation. You can find VA forms 21-686c, 21-674, and 21-509 on-line at www.va.gov/vaforms
ITEM 24. If you are certifying that you are married for the purpose of VA benefits, your marriage must be recognized by the place where you and/or
your spouse resided at the time of marriage, or where you and/or your spouse resided when you filed your claim (or a later date when you became
eligible for benefits) (38 U.S.C. § 103(c)). Additional guidance on when VA recognizes marriages is available at www.va.gov/opa/marriage
If you need more help in completing this application, call VA TOLL FREE at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). If you use the Telecommunications
Device for the Deaf (TDD), the Federal Relay number is 711. You can also get education assistance after normal business hours at our education Internet
HOW TO FILE YOUR CLAIM
Be sure to do the following:
(A) If you have selected a school or training establishment:
Step 1. Mail the completed application to the VA Regional Processing Office for the region of that school's physical address. See next page for the
addresses of these VA Regional Processing Offices.
Step 2. Tell the veterans certifying official at your school or training establishment that you have applied for VA education benefits. Ask him or her to
send your enrollment information using VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, or its electronic version.
Step 3. Wait for VA to process your application and notify you of its decision concerning your eligibility for education benefits.