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Is My Post 9/11 GI Bill Verification Approvement All I Need to Start School?

Q: My question is very simple. I would like to know if the verification sheet (Post 9/11 GI Bill verification approvement) I received twice after submitting all of the information including my DD14 by mail is all I need for school. I never got anything else stating I was good for school. I have been attending classes now for three weeks. I hope I don’t need to take a student loan due to them not paying in a timely manner? I gave up on communicating by phone. It is only computer operated voice assistance.

A: I’m not exactly sure what a “verification approvement sheet” is, but what you need, and should have received, is a Certificate of Eligibility. When you register for your next semester as a GI Bill student, your school will need a copy of your certificate.

As far as payment, it could take as long as 8 to 10 weeks to get your first payment after registering as a user of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Once the payment starts, then you can expect a monthly housing allowance and a book stipend around the beginning of each term.

The VA will pay your school directly for tuition and eligible fees (up to the in-state maximum for right now). In August, that will change and the VA will start paying actual public school charges for their undergraduate program and eliminate the in-state maximums.

If you are taking some on-campus classes and have a rate of pursuit of greater-than-half-time, the housing allowance you get will be for the month before as the VA is always a month behind in paying it. That too will change in August as the VA will start paying the housing allowance based on the number of credits you are taking. If you are taking 51% of the number of credits your school considers to be full-time, then you will get 51% of the full housing allowance. Right now, you would get the full housing allowance for taking 51% of the full-time credits.

So depending on how much money you have set aside for schooling, you may have to look at other sources of financial support until your GI Bill payments start.

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