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GI Bill Top-Up: Important Instructions for Soldiers and National Guard Members with Partial TA

  • To be eligible for the Top-Up benefit, you must be approved to use federal tuition assistance and be eligible for either the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

  • Visit the VA's official site and apply to use Top-Up educational benefits, by submitting an application.

  • The VA will mail a hard copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Before registering for a course, the COE and Veteran Benefit Information Sheet (VBIS) must be submitted to, for processing.

  • Be sure to answer "Yes" to "I am using Top-Up to supplement my TA" on the VBIS.

  • Prior to every term you plan on using VA GI Bill Top-Up to cover the student share of tuition, not covered by military tuition assistance, contact TESU at

  • Include your full name, student ID, the applicable term, and which chapter of VA educational benefits you will be using for Top-Up (the COE and VBIS must have already been submitted).

  • De-registration may occur if TESU does not receive your request, or the student share of tuition has not been paid, prior to the first day of the term.