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After a Couple of Months, Shouldn’t I Have Received a GI Bill Payment?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have received a letter saying I was approved and have been in school for a couple months now. I have yet to receive any payment.

A: Was your letter a Certificate of Eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and a result of you submitting VA Form 22-1990 through the VONAPP website?

If so, did you give a copy of your certificate to your school when you enrolled? If you did, then your school should have sent in a Certificate of Enrollment to the VA with your certificate. Once the VA matches up both certificates, that will trigger the payment process.

Assuming all that happened as it should, you should get a payment any time now as it usually takes between 8 and 10 weeks to get your first payment. You are on the leading edge of that time-frame right now, if you have been in school for two months now. I

f you don’t get it within a couple of weeks, see your VA Certifying Official at your school and ask if a Certificate of Enrollment was sent in and when. That person should also help you find out where you payment is held up and why.

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