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If I’m a Returning Student, How Long Does It Take to Get Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Post 9/11 GI Bill – Over the summer I was enrolled full time into a program and got my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. I am enrolled in the same school, same program and am using the same benefits. The school successfully submitted my enrollment on August 26th with my pre-existing verification. How long will it take to receive my benefits?

A: It may take some time. Right now the VA is showing it takes 56 days to process a new GI Bill claim. But because they are flooded with claims for the fall term, it may take longer.

If your Certificate of Enrollment was submitted on August 26th, I would not expect any payment before the first part of October. However, if you do see a Post 9/11 GI Bill housing payment in September, it will only be for the few days of school you attended in August. Most likely, those few days will show up with your September payment which you should receive during the first part of October.

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