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How Long Does It Take To Get My First Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

I was wondering about the process of the Post-9/11 GI Bill monthly housing. It seems that I have not received anything in the past two months. I thought the housing allowance was monthly. I understand the school payment takes about 8-12 weeks after it is certified. — Curtis W.

Yes Curtis, the VA pays you a monthly housing allowance along with your book stipend. Both will be sent directly to you as a check or deposited into your bank account, depending on how you set up your payment with the VA.

Ever since the VA released the Post-9/11 GI Bill on August 1 last year, they have been swamped with claims waiting to be processed. Until recently, the average time to process a claim was 10-20 weeks (closer to the 20-week mark rather than 10-week). While they have made significant progress, they are still running at least 10 weeks behind, so I would give your claim some additional time–at least another couple of weeks.

As you probably know, the VA calculates your Post-9/11 GI Bill housing allowance at the E-5 with dependents rate using the zip code of your school. Because of the zip code, the rate varies considerably throughout the nation.

You didn’t say in your question whether you were taking classes online or on campus. If you are taking only online classes, or are less than a half-time student, you do not get a housing allowance.

For your book stipend, you receive $41.67 per credit hour up to a maximum of $1,000 per academic year which equates to 12 credits per term.

81 responses on “How Long Does It Take To Get My First Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance?

The VA needs to hire people that will be working the claims instead of hiring people at the “CALL CENTER” which have no knowledge of the process. They are there to answer only what they see on their computer and have a scripted answer. I’ve talk to a person at the call center and couldn’t even answer a simple question. It took us 30 minutes all he gave me is “I understand sir, but just be aware that there are thousands of veterans out there with claims and we are doing our best to process your claim”… which has nothing to do with my question… so I asked for a supervisor and he hung up the phone on me… I called again and requested to speak to a supervisor and reported that employee, the supervisor later called me and he said “I understand and I reviewed the recorded conversation and you are right I do not understand why he couldn’t answer your question because once I heard your question I knew right away what you are asking for… we will make sure he gets the proper training”… I told him it sounded like he is trained to say the script and he admitted that they have a certain script they go by… so bottom line is, the CALL CENTER is no help to the VETERAN but it is just another step to buy some time… if the VA do not have the budget to hire people to help and also buy the extra computers then they should CUT the budget on hiring people at the CALL CENTER coz they are just a bunch of waste of time and money… My personal advice to my fellow Veterans, if you are needing assistance or clarification “GO TO AN AGENCY LIKE M.O.P.H. coz the person I spoke to has more access to the VA Files unlike the waste of time call center… I got a better answer and got a better idea on where my claim is at… also if you need assistance filing your claim they can help you as well…

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