Applying for VA Education and Training Benefits - Veterans Affairs Office

Students applying for veterans' educational benefits should allow eight to ten weeks for processing before receiving benefits. The amount of benefits awarded is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is based on the number of credit hours (units)/clock hours/rate of pursuit for which a student is enrolled monthly. The process for applying for veterans educational benefits is different for New Students that have never received benefits before and for Continuing/Transfer Students that have already initiated benefits before.

New Students

New students are those who have not used VA benefits before at any institutions of higher education. To apply for benefits, please complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an online application for admission to Ohlone College.

  2. Complete and submit the appropriate VA application and supporting documents to Ohlone College Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Office, located in Room 7249, Building 7, second floor, Fremont campus.

    Forms for Benefits
    Benefit Type Form

    Chapter 30, 33, 1606 & 1607

    Form 22-1990 (PDF)

    Chapter 35

    Form 22-5490 (PDF)

    Chapter 31

    Eligibility/Application is determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation Office. Please call (800) 827-1000.

    Applications can also be submitted to the VA directly online at VONAPP at www.gibill.va.gov.

Required Supporting Documentation

  • DD-214 (Military Discharge Document) - Copy Member 4 (Ch 30-Active Duty Veterans, Ch 33-Post 9/11, VRAP & 1607-Reservists who were called or ordered to active duty)
  • DD-2384 (NOBE - Notice of Basic Eligibility) - (Ch 1606-Reservists, only)
  • Birth Certificate and a copy of the Veteran's DD-214 (Ch 35 - dependent)
  • Marriage Certificate and a copy of the Veteran's DD-214 (Ch 35 - spouse)

Additional Documents to Complete VA File

  • Request for Enrollment Certification (PDF) (must be done each term)
  • Student Educational Plan with a declared major (student must meet with a counselor to develop an Student Educational Plan/SEP and register for courses listed on the SEP to receive the benefit)
  • Prior transcript(s), if applicable

Continuing/Transfer Students Process

This process is for students who are returning or are transferring students from another college or university where they have already used VA educational benefits to Ohlone College.

  1. Submit an online application for admission to Ohlone College.

  2. Complete the Change of Program or Place of Training form and submit the appropriate VA application and supporting document to the Ohlone College Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Office, located in Room 7249, Building 7, second floor.

    Forms for Benefits
    Benefit Type Form

    Chapter 30, 33, 1606 & 1607

    Form 22-1995 (PDF)

    Chapter 35

    Form 22-5495 (PDF)

    Chapter 31 Please contact your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for 28-1905 authorization form.

Required Supporting Documentation

  • DD-214 (Military Discharge Document) - Copy Member 4 (Ch 30, Ch 33, VRAP & 1607)

Additional Documents to Complete VA File

  • Request for Enrollment Certification (PDF) (must be done each term)
  • Student Educational Plan with a declared major (student must meet with a counselor to develop an Student Educational Plan/SEP and register for courses listed on the SEP to receive the benefit)
  • Prior transcript(s), if applicable
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