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Can I Get Paid Retroactively from My GI Bill Benefits?

Q: Hi, I was awarded 12 months of benefits under the new GI Bill last week. But I took classes during the spring using no MGIB benefits. Will I be able to apply some of those months retroactively? Thanks!

A: The question is did you still have Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits at the time you took the classes and didn’t use them, or had you exhausted them before taking those classes. If you had MGIB benefits and didn’t use them you might get reimbursed at the MGIB rate because that is the GI Bill you had a the time and you had benefits left.

If you had exhausted them, you should be able to claim reimbursement under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. And I’m assuming you were eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the time you took the classes and your classes are obviously within one-year from the date when you want to claim the benefits. Generally those are the two qualifying factors to claim reimbursement.

The VA will only retroactively pay back one year, so I wouldn’t delay in submitting a claim for reimbursement. Spring is coming quick and your one-year mark will soon be here.

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