Simplifying the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill application process

Applicants to receive an immediate decision after submitting application

By Louiseza Sanderson, Management and Program Analyst for VBA Education Service’s Stakeholder Engagement team on October 31, 2022

For the first time in 78 years, G.I. Bill® applicants can receive an immediate, real-time education benefits decision, thanks to the simplified Post-9/11 G.I. Bill application experience.

Since 1944, over 25 million beneficiaries have taken advantage of G.I. Bill benefits. Many of these individuals waited up to a month to receive an eligibility decision - a month of waiting to plan their future, a month of waiting to take the next step toward their educational goals. But not anymore, thanks to VA's most recent modernization updates, through the Digital G.I. Bill (DGIB) initiative.


VA made updates to its application process in August 2022, allowing eligible veterans and service members to apply for and receive their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits decision within minutes. The first veteran to receive an automated decision was surprised and excited about the new process:

"I honestly didn't even realize the process had changed. It was so smooth and instantaneous! I've already told a few of my friends who are out or getting out soon how easy the process was to apply for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and get the go ahead to apply for classes. I appreciate the efforts VA has made to ease the process for (veterans). The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is basically an automatic benefit for those who serve out their contracts in the military and the process for applying may have been a deterrent in the past, but that was so easy! I hope this helps more (veterans) utilize this benefit in the future!"

By simplifying the education benefits experience, VA is helping veterans use the benefits they have earned and deserve. VA is making a difference in the lives of veterans, their families, and the nation as a whole.

If you are a veteran or service member who is ready to apply for VA education benefits, here's how to get started:

Since the release of the new automated claims system, hundreds of veterans and service members have applied for and received their benefits decisions in real time. For so many, the wait is finally over. So, what's keeping you from starting your GI Bill Journey?