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How Do I Check on the Status of My GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have tried to contact you on the phone but could not get through. I want to check on the status of my G.I. Bill benefits because I have not received them yet for this semester. This is not my first semester to be on the G.I. Bill and as far as I know my benefits have not run out. If you could please look up my information and let me know as soon as possible I would appreciate it. Thank you

A: Just so you know, we are not the VA, nor are we connected in any way to the VA, so I do not have any means to look anything up on your behalf. However, I can provide a couple of reasons why you may not have received your GI Bill benefits for this semester.

If you have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, your school may not have submitted a Certificate of Enrollment to the VA. If they didn’t, you won’t get paid as that form, along with your Certificate of Eligibility, is what triggers the payment cycle to begin. Ask your school Certifying Official when he/she sent in your enrollment certificate.

If you are using the Montgomery GI Bill, then you know you have to verify your attendance each month using the WAVE system and your school has to verify your enrollment.

Two, as you mentioned, you might have run out of entitlement. Depending how many months you had to begin with, how many months you have used so far, and if you used any up while on active duty by using the Top-Up program, you may have exhausted them faster than you anticipated.

The VA is the only one that can tell you how many months of entitlement you have left and why you are not getting paid. Try contacting one of their State or Regional Offices as they are usually more responsive.

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