Veterans Affairs GI Bill Testing Fee Reimbursement

This benefit reimburses the eligible veteran or dependent for bar examination fees, effective March 1, 2001.

Eligibility: If you are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30), Montgomery GI Bill- Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Act (Chapter 1607) or VEAP (Chapter 32), or Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35), you may receive this benefit.

Note: Your total months of GI Bill entitlement will be reduced each time you use your benefits for licensing and certification. For example: if you are a Chapter 30 veteran and eligible for a full time monthly rate of $900 for 36 months, and your test costs $1350, you will now have 34½ months of entitlement left since the $1350 used up 1½ months of entitlement. Until October 1, 2011, you can only take an approved examination once under Chapter 33. After October 1, 2011 you will be able to take more than one examination and/or take more than one examination.

Applying For Your Benefits: Send a copy of your test results to the VA Regional Processing Office, P.O. Box 4616, Buffalo, NY 14240-4616, and include the information requested on the Application for Licensing and Certification Testing Fee Reimbursement form. The application form can be found on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

If you have never previously filed a claim for VA education benefits, you need to complete VA Form 22-1990 (veterans) or VA Form 22-5490 (dependents). To request a copy of either form, call 1-(888)- 442-4551 or print a copy of the education form from their website.

For Payment Information Contact:

Phone: 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)

Please do not contact the board office regarding this reimbursement program. The VA controls this program and, unfortunately, we are unable to assist in this process.