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Can I Delay My GI Bill Start Date If My Plans Changed?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I just enrolled for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but I put the start date for February 2011, to start receiving my payments. But I want to delay my enrollment or payments until later in the year – can I still do this?

A: You can, but to prevent confusion, let the VA know now that you plan to delay using your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. There are two forms that have to match up before a payment is triggered, your VA Form 22-1990 GI Bill Application and a Certificate of Enrollment.

If you don’t enroll in school, then your school will not send in their paperwork, however, the VA is thinking they should get one, based on your start date on your VA Form 22-1990. So to prevent confusion, just let the VA know your plans have changed and that you will be delaying your start of school.

Once you get ready to start school, take your Certificate of Eligibility to your school when you enroll. Once you are enrolled, your school will send in their paperwork to the VA and your benefits will start coming to you. While it would not be an absolute necessity to contact the VA, it is a courtesy to do so.

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