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Please Reference our Chapter 1606 Brochure for a detailed guide to applying and starting the benefit at JMU:

Step 1 : Complete and submit online the VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits, through the va.gov website.

  • Completing the VA Form 22-1990 is a "one-time only" application through va.gov
  • If you have a kicker contract, make sure you check the box on the application
  • Print or save a copy of the confirmation page for your records and one for the JMU School Certifying Official (SCO).
  • A Certificate of Eligibility or denial letter will arrive from VA within 30-60 days after submission of the application. Provide a copy to the JMU SCO.
  • Any questions about the content of either letter should be directed to the Veterans Affairs Office at 1-888-442-4551.

Step 2: Complete JMU Student Agreement form

Step 3 : Complete JMU Request for Veterans Educational Benefits form

  • JMU Request for Veterans Educational Benefits Form
  • Complete form once your schedule is finalized. VA can only cover courses that are required for graduation.
  • We must know if you will be receiving a ROTC scholarship. Not all ROTC scholarships can be used with Federal TA or Chapter 1606. 
  • Effective Fall 2021 and Forwad - the Department of Defense issued a memorandum to Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Education Service approving the use of concurrent receipt for Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) and the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve Education Benefit (MGIB-SR or chapter 1606). This means, all qualified MGIB-SR Service members are authorized to use both TA and MGIB-SR benefits concurrently when enrolled in a program of education that is half-time or greater. Concurrent use is not authorized when enrolled less than half-time. Prior to Fall 2021, per DOD policy, students cannot use Chapter 1606/1607 and Federal TA for the same course.

 At your initial meeting with a JMU VA Certifying Official, please bring or submit by email the following:

  • Copy of VA Form 22-1990 confirmation page or VA's Certificate of Eligibility letter (if received)
  • DD-214 Member-4 copy
  • Military or Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) transcript (if you've taken classes at another college) - submit directly to JMU unopened or via verified electronic submission
  • Copy of Student Agreement Form
  • Copy of JMU Request for Veterans Educational Benefits form


  • In order for a course to be included in an enrollment to VA, it must meet major, minor, general education, degree, or allowed elective to reach 120 credits (after all required courses are factored in) for graduation, or an approved certificate or teacher licensure program to qualify. All majors (including tracks and concentrations) and minors must be declared on your transcript.
  • The JMU Request for Veterans Educational Benefits form is required every semester benefits are requested. 
  • After your 1st semester using your benefits, the JMU form will be emailed to you after registering for the upcoming semester.  It will require your major advisor to initial and sign for any course needed for your major.  No approval is needed for courses outside your major (general education, degree, minors, preps, etc). 
  • You must verify your attendance on the last calendar day of each month for your monthly stipend to be released. Please reference this link  for more information.

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