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After You Apply for Education Benefits

Getting a degree, certificate, or other professional license can help you make a sucessful transition from military to civilian life. Find out what happens after you apply for education benefits.

How long does it take VA to make a decision?

30 days Average time to process education claims

What should I do while I wait?

The transition from military to civilian life can be challenging. We offer tools and counseling programs to help you make the most of your educational options. Learn about educational and career couseling.

What happens after I apply?

You’ll get a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), or award letter, in the mail if we’ve approved your application. Bring this to the VA certifying official at your school.

You can also start looking at future careers and job opportunities. Learn about career-development resources.