GI Bill® Benefits

You must apply for educational benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to determine which GI Bill® benefits you are eligible to receive. The VA will provide your Certificate of Eligibility after processing your benefits application.

Complete the following steps, paying special attention to the VA form number applicable to chapter benefits that apply to you.

  1. Apply to VA for Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  2. Apply for admission to Columbia College
  3. Submit official transcripts from all prior post-secondary institutions and military experience
  4. Provide Columbia with approved COE
  5. Register for classes each session
  6. Complete the Veterans Request for Certification each session.

Chapter-Specific Instructions

If applying for Chapters 30, 33, 1606 benefits

  • Use VA Form 22-1990 or
  • Submit DD-214 Discharge Document (your military branch provides at completion of enlistment) or Notice of Basic Eligibility Form 2384 (provided by your unit) to the VA Certifying Official

If applying for Chapter 31 benefits

  • Apply for Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) using DV Form 28-1900
  • Submit the Authorization to School, On-Job Training Establishment, or Facility VA Form 28-1905 to VA Certifying Official.

If applying for Chapter 35 benefits

  • Apply for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance VA Form 22-5490 or
  • Submit copy of DD-214 Discharge Documentation of the veteran to the VA Certifying Official

If you have previously been certified by Columbia College and wish to be certified for the upcoming term, please complete the Request for Certification Form (see steps above). 

Forms are available on the VA website.

We can provide additional assistance for veterans wishing to use GI Bill® benefits.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

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