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How Long Does It Take to Receive GI Bill Allowances?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How long does it take to receive your allowances after the VA receives the enrollment verification from the school for each class under the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

A: It depends on the VA’s workload. During the fall term, it can take 8 to 10 weeks to process a Post 9/11 GI Bill application. This is the term when new GI Bill students usually start, so with new students and returning students, the VA typically gets overwhelmed with work.  In the later terms, it shouldn’t take as long as they tend to get caught up by the end of the previous term.

Also know, that you will always be a month behind in getting paid from the VA. Because of the lag time in processing and always being a month behind, I recommend students have enough funds to get them through for one semester without relying on money from the VA. Far too often, I see students starting on a shoestring betting they will get money from the VA when they need it and when they don’t, all of a sudden they are in a financial bind with detracts them from their schoolwork. Pretty soon, their GPA does down the drain and they either fail or drop out.

Start school with the funds you need to get you through the first semester and then use the money you get from the VA to replace those funds. There are ways to get it (legally).

Comments  (2)

And where are students supposed to get these funds for the first semester? If we don’t have jobs?

posted by Chris Felix
4:57 am on June 1, 2011

Every person’s situation is different. My point was to be prepared. Plan ahead for the worst case scenario. Start saving while you are still serving. I learned long ago not to rely on money from the Government. When it comes, it is great, but there are too many times when it didn’t come or come on time – hence the need for extra funds before you start school.

I hear from veterans all the time who think they can apply for their GI Bill and get paid two weeks later. It doesn’t work that way. It can take 8 to 10 weeks before you see any money. If you don’t have the necessary funds to carry you through until the GI Bill money starts coming, then you are better off delaying starting school until you do have enough saved up to carry you through the financial dry spell.

posted by Ron Kness
7:28 am on June 2, 2011
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