How To Use Your GI Bill® to Go to School

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The GI Bill®, also known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, has provided educational benefits to the United States Armed Forces Veterans. Designed to assist in transitioning from military service to civilian life, the GI Bill® offers financial support to eligible individuals seeking higher education. This guide outlines the steps involved in effectively utilizing the GI Bill® to embark on an educational journey, ensuring that Veterans can maximize their benefits and achieve their academic goals.

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Utilizing the GI Bill® to pursue higher education is a valuable opportunity for Veterans to invest in their future, and achieve their financial and academic goals. By understanding the benefits and requirements of the GI Bill® and carefully selecting an educational institution, Veterans can maximize the opportunities provided by this program. 

Truck Driver Institute can help you navigate the GI Bill® enrollment process. We have assisted Veterans for over 50 years. You too can successfully transition from military service to educational pursuits, opening doors to new career paths and personal growth. If you have any questions about using your GI Bill® benefits for your CDL, contact TDI today. 

Steps to using your GI Bill® at Truck Driver Institute


  1. Apply for benefits – How To Apply For The GI Bill And Related Benefits | Veterans Affairs (
  2. Print your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and present to your admissions representative.
  3. Have your DD-214 handy along with dates of previous Colleges and training programs you recently attended when you speak with your TDI admissions representative.  This will help them assist you in getting the max benefits available.
  4. Once enrolled, be punctual and attend all classes without interruption.

Understanding the GI Bill®


Familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria for the GI Bill®. Active duty members, Veterans, and certain dependents may be eligible for different GI Bill® programs, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, Montgomery GI Bill®, or the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA).

Determine Benefit Level

Identify the benefits you are entitled to based on your service history and program eligibility. These benefits may include tuition for your CDL, a monthly housing allowance, books and supplies stipends, and more.

Duration of Benefits

Understand the time limitations for utilizing your GI Bill®benefits. In most cases, benefits can be used for up to 36 months of full-time education, although certain circumstances may extend or adjust this timeframe.

Choosing an Educational Institution

Research Schools

Explore various educational institutions to find the one that aligns with your academic and career aspirations. Consider factors such as program offerings, accreditation, location, campus culture, and support services for Veterans.

Verify GI Bill® Participation

Ensure the educational institution you select participates in the GI Bill®program and accepts VA education benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a tool called the GI Bill® Comparison Tool to assist in identifying eligible schools. 

Contact the School’s Veterans Office

Contact the Veteran’s office or designated point of contact at your chosen institution to gather information about the support services available to Veterans. They can guide you through the application process and answer any questions.

Applying for GI Bill® Benefits 

Gather required documents

Collect the necessary documents for your application, including your Certificate of Eligibility (COE), DD-214 (discharge papers), transcripts, and any additional documentation required by the VA or your chosen educational institution.

Submit the application

Complete the appropriate GI Bill® application form. Then, apply electronically via the VA’s official website or by mail.

Await VA response

After submitting your application, allow time for the VA to process it. Once approved, you will receive a COE that confirms your eligibility and outlines the benefits you are entitled to.

Navigating the Enrollment Process 

Admissions Process

Follow the normal admissions process of your chosen educational institution. Submit all required application materials, including transcripts, test scores, and other documentation requested.

Inform the School of GI Bill® Benefits

Notify the school’s Veterans office or designated point of contact that you will utilize GI Bill® benefits. Provide them with a copy of your COE and any additional required documents.

Financial Aid Considerations

Coordinate with the school’s financial aid office to ensure seamless integration of your GI Bill®benefits with other forms of financial aid, such as scholarships or grants.

Academic Advising

Seek guidance from academic advisors to select the appropriate courses and develop an academic plan that aligns with your educational and career goals. They can help you understand degree requirements, transfer credits, and any special considerations for Veterans.

Register for Classes

Once admitted, register for classes following the standard enrollment process. Remember any priority registration options or specific registration periods available for Veterans to ensure you secure your desired courses.

VA Certification Process

Work closely with the Veterans office or the designated VA certifying official at your educational institution. They will guide you through the VA certification process, ensuring that your enrollment and class schedule are accurately reported to the VA.

Managing GI Bill® Benefits Effectively 

Attend Classes Regularly

To maintain eligibility for GI Bill® benefits, attending classes consistently and making satisfactory academic progress is crucial. Familiarize yourself with your institution’s attendance policies and any additional requirements specific to your GI Bill® program.

Understand Benefit Payments

Different GI Bill® programs have varying payment structures. Familiarize yourself with the payment mechanisms to effectively plan your finances.

Utilize Support Services

Take advantage of the support services available to Veterans on campus. Many institutions have dedicated Veterans centers, counseling services, and academic resources tailored to the unique needs of Veterans. These services can assist with academic challenges, career counseling, and personal support.

Maintain Communication with the VA

Notify the VA of any changes in your enrollment status, such as adding or dropping courses or changing your educational program. Keeping the VA informed ensures that your benefits are adjusted accordingly, preventing potential overpayments or underpayments.

Explore Additional Funding Opportunities

In addition to the GI Bill®, research other sources of financial aid, scholarships, and grants that may be available specifically for Veterans. Many organizations and foundations offer scholarships specifically for military personnel and their dependents.

Using Your GI Bill® to Go to School

If you still have questions about how to use your  GI Bill®  to go to school, contact TDI today. 

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