Veterans
Educational Benefits

Montgomery G.I. Bill

The Montgomery G.I. Bill (MGIB) is available for veterans, active duty, and service members to help with education costs. The Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits for:

  • College, Business Technical or Vocational Courses
  • Distance Learning including Correspondence Courses

For more information on education rates, please click on the following link: GI Bill Rates

The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) goes into effect 8/1/2009, for more information please click the following link: Post 9/11

Overview

Any letters or forms mailed to the Department of Veterans Affairs should include your name and social security number or VA claim number.

Early enrollment and payment of fees before the term begins will allow FSU to certify your enrollment early and keep your payments as consistent as possible.

VA will not pay educational benefits for courses which are not on your approved Education/Degree Plan; will not pay to re-take courses you have successfully completed (D or better).

A veteran enrolled in an academic program should receive his/her first benefit check approximately six to eight weeks after FSU submits the enrollment certification to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Monthly payment of benefits under the Montgomery G.I. Bill can only be released after your monthly verification of attendance has been received in the St. Louis Regional Office.

This may be done by Internet: (W.A.V.E.) or by telephone: 1-877-823-2378.

Applying for Benefits

Veterans – Active/Reserve/National Guard/Transfer of Entitlement

First time applicants: Fill out the Application for VA Educational Benefits/Form 22–1990 completed by using Veterans Online Application Website (VONAPP).

Transfer students: Fill out Request for Change of Program/Place of Training/Form 22–1995 and turn it into VA Certifying Official.

Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance

First time applicants: Fill out Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance/Form 22–5490 completed by using Veterans Online Application Website (VONAPP).

Transfer students: Fill out Request for Change of Program/ Place of Training Survivor’s and Dependents/Form 22–5495 and turn it into VA Certifying Official.

All Students

Fill out VA Class Registration Form; sign and date the form and turn it in at the following location:

VA Certifying Official
Ferris State University
Admissions & Records
1201 S. State St., CSS 201D
Big Rapids, MI 49307

You may contact the FSU Veterans Office at 231.591.2798