What do I do if my GI Bill payments are delayed?

Thanks to New GI Bill 2.0’s simplification of the GI Bill benefits and the VA’s automation of Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) processing the VA has been processing Post-9/11 GI Bill claims relatively quickly this term. In order to expedite the processing of your claim follow our step by step guide on how to apply for GI Bill benefits.

In response to these delays the VA released a new “Post-9/11 GI Bill Hip Pocket Guide” for students, a lessons-learned summary for school certifying officials, and a checklist for returning students. We have incorporated these new VA resources into our own “Getting Started” checklist, which has already helped thousands of veterans sign up for their GI Bill benefits.

Some of the key lessons-learned included:

  • Early submission of enrollment certifications is essential to timely payment.
  • Schools don’t need to wait to see a veteran’s Certificate of Eligibility to submit the enrollment certification.
  • It is critical to VA’s processing that students are correctly identified as Post-9/11 GI Bill participants to prevent mis-routing of claims.
  • Correct direct deposit information, for the veteran and the school, is essential for accurate payment routing.
  • Apply for federal financial aid because you never know what free money you might qualify for.

Please keep in mind that although the steps above will help speed the processing of a GI Bill claim, some basic rules still apply. While tuition and fees payments are made immediately after the VA processes a GI Bill claim, the living allowance is paid “arrears,” at the end of each of month. For example, time spent enrolled during August will be paid September 1st and time spent enrolled in September will be paid October 1st.

BENEFIT

ESTIMATED DELIVERY

Tuition & Fees

~28 days after school certifies enrollment

Living Allowance

at end of each month

August Classes

Sept. 1st (or as soon as processed)

September Classes

Oct. 1st (or as soon as processed)

October Classes

November 1st

November Classes

December 1st

December Classes

January 1st

Book Stipend

~28 days after school certifies enrollment

If your school has certified you and it has been over a month since you received your benefits, I would recommend reaching out to either one of your two senators or your Congressman and asking for help. You should call their local regional office and ask for their staffer that handles veteran issues. A congressional request can usually shake lose a stalled benefit check.