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Is There Any Way to Check and See How Much I Would Receive in GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I applied for the GI Bill few years ago and didn’t check it often therefore I forgot how much do I got. Is there any way to access the system and check how much do I receive.

A: The best way to check and see what you have left is to go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990. In return, you would get a Certificate of Eligibility that shows how many months of eligibility you have left to use, under which GI Bill and when those benefits expire.

Depending on which GI Bill you have, your benefits may have already expired. If you have the Montgomery GI Bill, then you have 10 years from your date of discharge to use your benefits. If you have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you have an additional 5 years for a total of 15 years from your date of discharge.

If you are past the date of discharge for the GI Bill you have, then there is no point in requesting a Certificate of Eligibility. However, if you still have benefits left that you can use, you would get up to $1,564 per month for the Montgomery GI Bill as a full-time student. Out of that amount, you have to pay your tuition, fees, books and other education-related expenses.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is a little harder to pin down in that the monthly housing allowance is calculated based on the zip code of your school and the number of credits you are taking. However, it does pay your tuition directly to your school and you would get a book stipend once per semester (up to the $1,000 yearly cap) calculated at $41.67 per credit. On average, the housing allowance runs about $1,300 per month. Since the New GI Bill eligibility goes back to 2001, you have some time left until that one would expire.

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