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Why Isn’t My Post 9/11 GI Bill Money Available Until October?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I started school on August 1st and applied for my GI Bill in June, I was told that my GI Bill money wasn’t going to be available until October 1st and that I was going to get back pay is this correct?

A: Without more information as to exactly what you are talking about, I don’t know if I can answer your question. Of the changes taking place on October 1st, you could be referring to”

  • Using Title 32 time for Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility
  • Being able to attend non-degree courses regardless of where they are taught (as long as the school is VA-approved)
  • Being able to collect a housing allowance for online courses only
  • Book stipend being authorized for active duty spouses and servicemembers using the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

As far as backpay, it could be true. The real determining factor is if you were eligible for the benefit during the period of time you are requesting reimbursement for. If so, then you most likely will get reimbursement as long as it has been less than one year from the time period you are claiming.

If you were not authorized the benefit at that time, then most likely you would not get reimbursed. I wish I could be more helpful, but without knowing more of the specifics, that is about the best I can do. Send me more information and I can give you a better answer.

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I have 34 years of servics in the USAR. I will be retiring in May 2012. I want to start using the MGIB. I struggle with Online courses so I will enroll at one of the local colleges. Will the MGIB still be available for me after I retire and what changes will be in effect.

The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB), also known as the Veteran’s GI Bill of Rights, provides military education benefits to active duty service members and veterans of the Army and other branches of the U.S. military. In order to qualify for Montgomery GI Bill benefits, you must have enrolled in the program while on active duty, and paid in a $1200 lump sum or $100 per month during your first 12 months in the Army or other military service.

Am I Eligible for Montgomery GI Bill Benefits?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has laid out specific eligibility categories for the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty. To be eligible for the MGIB, you must:
•Have served for a minimum period of two continuous years or more
•Received an honorable discharge
•Have completed a high school diploma or GED.

Other factors, such as your dates of service, may influence your eligibility, so contact your local Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) office to discuss your specific situation. A quick call or meeting can help you determine your MGIB eligibility.

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posted by Leslie
6:12 am on September 17, 2011

First of all, there are two Montgomery GI Bills – one for active duty and the other one for the National Guard and USAR. There are a couple of big differences between them. With the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AR), they can retire and use their education benefits. With the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) you lose your GI Bill benefits upon discharge or 10 years from your Notice of Eligibility of Benefits (NOBE). With 34 years of service, your benefits expired 24 years ago.

However, if you have deployed for at least 90 days or more on a Title 10 order in support of a contingency operation, such as Iraq or Afghanistan, then you could be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. A one-year deployment would put you at the 60% mark. Three one-years trips would put you at 100%. If you qualify by having deployed, then you have 36 months of benefits at whatever percentage you are authorized.

posted by Ron Kness
8:51 am on September 20, 2011


Money for post 9/11 hasn’t come in because of a huge amount of backlogging. I won’t receive my money until October.

posted by Alexis
2:09 pm on September 20, 2011

Yes, the VA gets overwhelmed in the Fall semester and it takes them longer to process all the claims due to the volume of enrollment. Once all the claims are processed, then the checks of EFTs are issued.

posted by Ron Kness
9:44 am on September 25, 2011

The link explains why.

posted by Ron Kness
6:14 pm on October 3, 2011
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