Apply for Veterans Benefits
Step 1: Apply for educational benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs using the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP).
Step 2: Once your VONAPP is approved, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA detailing the benefit you have been awarded.
Step 3: Submit the following required documents to APU’s Military and Veteran Education Benefits (MVEB) office:
- Certificate of Eligibility
- MVEB Application Packet
- DD214 (applies to servicemembers only; excludes dependents)
Step 4: Once you have enrolled in classes, submit a VA Certification Request Form to APU’s MVEB office. Please note that you must submit a Certification Request Form each time you enroll in classes for any semester or term you wish to receive benefits.
Step 5: APU’s MVEB office will certify your enrollment, so the VA can send the appropriate funds.
Optional Step 6: Contact APU’s Learning Enrichment Center for academic support.
Explore Veterans Benefit Types
Explore the benefits below to find out more about the various veterans benefit programs available and to determine which VA education benefit program you qualify for.
Chapter 30—Montgomery GI Bill
Active duty servicemembers and veterans may be eligible to receive Chapter 30 education benefits for up to 36 months of entitlement and usually have 10 years after the last discharge from active duty to use the benefit. Under this entitlement, the VA will send a monthly stipend directly to the student. Learn more about Chapter 30 and eligibility requirements on the VA website.
Chapter 31—Vocational Rehabilitation
Individuals who qualify for Chapter 31 benefits work with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to develop an educational plan. The basic period of eligibility ends 12 years from the date of notification of either the date of separation from active military service or the date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service connected disability rating. Under this entitlement, the VA will send funds for mandatory tuition and fees directly to the university. Learn more about Chapter 31 and eligibility requirements on the VA website.
Chapter 35—Dependents' Educational Assistance
Chapter 35 provides educational assistance to dependents of eligible veterans who will receive 45 months of benefits. Under this entitlement, the VA will send a monthly stipend directly to the student. Learn more about Chapter 35 and eligibility requirements on the VA website.
Chapter 33—Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is available to eligible servicemembers as well as to servicemembers' dependents, when applicable. Eligible servicemembers may transfer their Chapter 33 entitlements to a qualifying dependent if he/she meets specific requirements set by the VA. Chapter 33 assists students with mandatory tuition and fees based on the student's benefit level, which is determined by time served by the servicemember. Learn more about Chapter 33 and eligibility requirements on the VA website.
Under this entitlement, the VA will send funds for mandatory tuition and fees directly to the university. This program imposes an annual cap as follows:
Yellow Ribbon Program
APU proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program assists students at the 100 percent benefit eligibility level in paying tuition and fees in instances where a student’s mandatory tuition and fees exceed the annual cap of $21,084.89. It is a matching program that allows APU to contribute up to an additional $14,000 per year, which the VA will match. Note that active duty servicemembers and spouses of active duty servicemembers are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon. Additionally, Fry Scholarship recipients are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon.
Basic Housing Allowance (BAH)
Chapter 33 may also provide BAH for students who attend school at a rate above half time. BAH is based on the student's eligibility percentage; students enrolled only in distance learning (online) classes will receive significantly less BAH than those enrolled in at least one residential course. The VA will send BAH funds directly to the student. Active duty servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for BAH.
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to some surviving spouses and children of servicemembers. Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100 percent level. Learn more about the Fry Scholarship and eligibility requirements on the VA website.
Chapter 1606—Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve
This program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserves, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligible servicemembers may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Under this entitlement, the VA will send a monthly stipend directly to the student. Learn more about Chapter 1606 and eligibility requirements on the VA website.
Chapter 1607—Reserve Educational Assistance Program
This benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress. A servicemember may receive up to 36 months of fulltime entitlement. Learn more about Chapter 1607 and eligibility requirements on the VA website.
Reminder: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs solely determines your benefits eligibility.