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I Would Like to Know What’s Going On?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m using Chapter 33 for my education. My first few semesters went fine with my BAH payments. For my fall 2010 semester, I enrolled in 6 credit hrs worth of classes. The VA stopped paying me and said I had to be over 1/2 time to receive it. So I enrolled in a 1 credit class to be over. That was Oct 5th when I changed it and still nothing over a month later, so it’s up to 2, going on 3, months now. They say it’s processing but the average wait time they said was 17 days. So I would like to know what’s going on and nobody has been giving me a direct answer.

A:  Well first of all, I think 17 days is a little too aggressive a time frame to approve a change to your Post 9/11 GI Bill application. I would say it will be closer to 8 to 10 weeks, a point at which you are fastly approaching already. Second, anything that deviates from Standard Operating Procedure usually takes longer as it is normally set off to the side to be processed “by hand”.

I think you went wrong when you decided to take just six credits. If you knew your rate of pursuit had to be greater-than-half-time to get the housing allowance, why would you jeopardize it by taking a lesser amount?

If you didn’t know about the greater-than-half-time rule, then you probably didn’t do your homework when researching the Post 9/11 GI Bill to know what benefits you qualify for and the qualification standard to get those benefits.

You have a great resource at your school called a VA Certifying Official. They are normally a great wealth of information if regards to the different GI Bills. Use this person in the future to decrease your chances of future GI Bill payment issues.

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