Educational and Career Counseling (Chapter 36)
If you’re leaving active service soon, find out how to get free educational and career counseling (also called Chapter 36).
Can I get educational and career counseling?
You can get these services if you’ll be discharged from active duty within 6 months or if you meet both of the requirements listed below.
Both of these must be true. You:
- Separated from active duty not more than 1 year ago and didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, and
- Qualify as a Veteran for educational assistance under a VA educational program
Note: If you’re the dependent of a Veteran, you may also qualify for educational and career counseling.
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What benefits can I get?
- Counseling to help you decide which civilian or military jobs you want
- Educational and career counseling to help you find a training program or job
- Academic and adjustment counseling to help you deal with issues that get in the way of your success in training or employment
How do I get these benefits?
First, you’ll need to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits. Then, you’ll work with your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC).
Follow these steps to apply online now
- Sign in to your eBenefits account.
- Click Additional Benefits on your dashboard.
- Choose Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program.
- Apply for Educational and Career Counseling.
- If you're eligible, we’ll invite you to an orientation session at your nearest VA regional benefit office.
You can also apply by mail
Fill out an Educational/Vocational Counseling Application (VA Form 28-8832).
Download VA Form 28-8832
Mail the completed form to your nearest VA regional benefit office.
Find your nearest VA regional benefit office
If you qualify, we’ll invite you to an orientation session at a VA regional benefit office near you.
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