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After Starting School, When Can I Expect My First Housing Check?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My question is that I start school on Nov 15 and I’m accepted for Post 9/11 GI Bill. When will I receive my payment for BAH. Will I get it the beginning of Nov. or Dec. 1st?

A: Just so all of us are clear on terms, you don’t get BAH with the Post 9/11 GI Bill – you get a housing allowance paid at the pay grade of an E-5 with dependents based off of the zip code of your school. As far as when you will get it, and with you starting school in mid-November, I would not expect you to see your first payment until mid-December at the earliest. You might not see anything until after the first of the year.

Once you start getting paid, then your check or Direct Deposit will be around the same time each month. You need to have at least a semester’s worth of money in the beginning to carry you through until you start getting paid.

With GI Bill payments, you are always a month behind in getting paid, so you always need at least a months-worth of funds available so you can pay your bills. Then use your GI Bill money to replenish your funds.

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