Important Note: These claims are handled differently from claims for MGIB without TA. For Top-up claims, the student does not need to check in with the school official who certifies VA benefits. VA does not need an enrollment certification on VA Form 22-1999. Top-up can be used for education programs that are not approved for other benefit programs. That's because Top-up is payable for any course for which TA is payable under DoD criteria.
VA determines eligibility for MGIB. If the student is eligible for MGIB, the TA approval form establishes eligibility for Top-up. No certifications from the school are needed.
The TA approval form must be signed by the approving DoD officials. Some branches of service require the commanding officer's signature; some require the education service officer's signature.