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If I Used My Post 9/11 GI Bill for the Summer Term, Can I Get Paid?

Q: My question is regarding the Post-9/11 GI Bill. It has been transferred to me as a dependent and all paperwork was finalized with the VA back in August 2009. However, I chose to wait until Fall 2010 to begin using my benefits since I was at a cheap school and already had payments taken care of.

I have turned in everything to my school and they have processed tuition payment for the Fall term already. While setting things up for this coming semester (Fall 2010), my school’s VA office asked if I would like to be reimbursed for Summer classes tuition and BAH, meaning it would put my start date in May 2010. I agreed and now I am a little confused on BAH payments. Will I be paid now for May-June-July 2010 since I was in class and if so, when do those payments begin? Also, how does that work? Are 3 separate direct deposits going to go into my account, and then in September will I receive August’s BAH payment? I am sorry if this is confusing I tried to simplify it as much as possible. Thank you for any help.

A: Typically a payment is triggered when your school’s Certificate of Enrollment matches up with your VA Form 22-1990e for your Post 9/11 GI Bill. I don’t know what will happen as your application talks about starting the Fall term, but your Certificate of Enrollment shows you started the Summer Term. Hopefully, the VA and your school were talking and got everything straightened out, or maybe it will turn into a mess. Anomalies to the VA process usually take more time to get paid since they require more time to get corrected .

Your first check will take more time than your follow-on checks. If you do end up getting paid for the Summer term, then you should get your first check 8-10 weeks after the VA gets your Certificate of Enrollment from your school, so if your class started in May, you should have received a check in mid-July for May and June. You then should have received a check in early August for your July payment. Your August check should come in September. From that point on, you will always be a month behind in getting paid.

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VA pays your school directly for your tuition and fees. You get a housing allowance and book stipend either as a check or Direct Deposit, depending on how you set up payments in your VA Form 22-1990e. If you school charges more than what the VA pays, then you will have to pay the difference of if your school has a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the VA , you could use that program to help pay the difference.

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