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How Do I Know the Payment I Received Is from the VA for My Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How will I know the payment is from the GI Bill? I received a payment into my account from “U.S. Treasury, VA ch33″ and it seems to be about half of the amount of my BAH. How would I find out if this is from the GI Bill benefits?

A: If it says “VA ch33″, then it is most likely your GI Bill payment. The question is what is the payment for – book stipend or your housing allowance? If you are taking a full credit load, then your Post 9/11 GI Bill book stipend should be around $500 for the semester and it should have come shortly after you started that semester.

If it came a month or so after you started school, then it is most likely your Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance. If it is your housing allowance, it could be for a partial month especially if you started school mid to late in the month, which would explain why it was less than you had expected. The VA only pays you for the days you were in school, so the first and last month of a semester can be less than the full months in-between.

Another reason for the lesser amount could be that you are attending all of your classes online. If that is the case, then your housing allowance as a full-time student would max out at $714.50 per month, which is about half of what you would get if you were attending classes on campus.

If you are an online-only student, you can bump up your housing allowance by attending just one class per semester at a local school. Just be sure the classes your take are ones that you need to graduate and approved by the school that would be issuing you your diploma.

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