After you apply for education benefits
Find out if you can get a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for VA education benefits. Getting a degree, certificate, or other professional license can help you make a successful transition from military to civilian life. Learn about types of VA education benefits, including the GI Bill, and review what happens after you apply for a COE.
How long does it take VA to make a decision?
What should I do while I wait?
The transition from military to civilian life can be challenging. We offer tools and counseling programs to help you make the most of your educational options.
What happens after I apply?
We’ll send you a decision letter in the mail. If we’ve approved your application, you’ll need to show the letter to the VA certifying official at your school to start using education benefits.
If you applied for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits on VA.gov, you may be able to download your decision letter online.
You can also start looking at future careers and job opportunities.
If you disagree with a decision on your education benefits claim, you can request a decision review. You can also manage any review requests or appeals you already filed.