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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?

30 days Average time to process education claims

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.

Learn about educational and career counseling

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, you may be able to download your decision letter online.

Download your education decision letter

You can also start looking at future careers and job opportunities.

Learn about career-development resources

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.

Request a decision review or manage a legacy appeal