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When Will I Get My Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance Paid?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello, I just started using the benefits of my Post 9/11 GI Bill. I received a letter a few days ago regarding my BAH. I just recently started the Spring semester at my school last month in January. It is now February and I wanted to know when exactly I will receive payments on my housing allowance. In the letter I received, it stated that I will be receiving the monthly housing allowance every month, of the prior month that I am enrolled in the school. I am still awaiting my first payment of my housing allowance. I was told that you receive payment on the 1st of every month. I was wondering if there is an exact date that I can expect the housing allowance to show up in my account, or if the date and time of the payment varies. Please let me know any information that I need. Thank you very much. Very respectful.

A: What you were told is correct – but only after you receive the first payment, which can take 8 to 10 weeks. So if you started school in January, don’t expect to see any Post 9/11 GI Bill money until around the middle of March. If you haven’t received anything by then, call the VA.

As far as when you should receive money, it should come during the first part of each month, but not necessarily the 1st of each month. And yes, what you receive will be for the previous month as the VA is always one month behind in paying. Once you start receiving money, you should see a deposit around the same time each month – at least within the span of a few days. Federal holidays and storm closures can affect the payment schedule like any other Federal agency.

36 responses on “When Will I Get My Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance Paid?

I can only speculate, but they may have included your book stipend with your payment. I don’t think anything is wrong and you will have to wait and see, but you should get the full $1,600 of you are going to school full-time.

From what I have read, you have to be ready to be evicted from your residence to get the VA to expedite a payment, however I wouldn’t do it by letter, I would call them. Find out what information they need and fax it to them to get the quickest response possible (and even then it might not work).

Wow, it took 24 days for your school to process your Certificate of Enrollment? I think I would be looking for another school. Every day they delay in sending in your form delays your GI Bill payment. Once the VA has all your paperwork, it can still take 8 to 10 weeks before you see any money. However, with the VA going to LTS (Long Term Solution) processing, the wait time should start to drop. The VA is talking about a 24 day wait time for new students, but we will have to wait and see.

Me again I figured out why I got the 1200 and not 800 or 1600, it was not my GI Bill bah money, it was back pay for 30% disability that i had no idea I was getting, I went onto my ebenefits and figured that out. Still wondering about my bah, I got this message from my college VA department “An Enrollment certification for the period beginning on 1/14/2013 and ending on 5/12/2013 for Credit Hours: 9, Distance Hours: 0, Rem/Def Hours: 3 and Clock Hours: 0 has been submitted to the VA. This was submitted by a certifying official from the LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM on 2/8/2013. Your claim will be processed in the order it was received. Please do not respond to this message.” So it been a few weeks since it was submitted is there any time frame to go on with that date? Also since 3 hours are listed as REM which I assume is remedial for my math class, will I be paid 100% bah or not since its not college level math. Thank you for your info.

Kyle, remedial courses required by the institution count towards your rate-of-pursuit. Therefore, if you are taking 12 hours of study for your spring semester, it would appear that you meet the minimum credit hours to qualify as a full-time student. Good luck!

We have transferred GI benefits to our son. Will he receive MHA even though the service member will still be collecting BAH? And does it matter if he (dependent) lives on campus, at my home or at his own residence? Another question: can schools independently decide the circumstances under which you get MHA? I know ODU says on their website that students can use GI Bill for Housing allowance if they are enrolled solely in distance learning.

Yes he will. The neat part about it is he could still live at home, not pay rent and he would still get the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance. However, if you as the spouse were using the same Post 9/11 GI bill benefits, you would not get the housing allowance. Crazy huh!

Schools cannot independently decide anything about the MHA. That is a VA call. However, if you are taking all your classes online, you would max out on the MHA at $684 per month as a full-time student. But take just one class per semester (that credits to your degree plan) on campus and you would qualify for the full MHA authorized for the zip code where you attend campus classes.

Your son would also get the book stipend at $41.67 per credit, up to the $1,000 per year cap.

So if you have registered for classes and supplied all your needed paperwork in May to the VA, does that time count for the 10 weeks it should take for you to receive payments for summer school? I’ve been using the Bill for a while, but this is my first summer semester using it. Last semester I received mine fairly quick, but still haven’t received my payment for summer classes. I agree with others, I fulfilled all my obligations to received the bill, the military should put more money into making these benefits more efficient for future veterans using the bill. Also, for any other vets, you can apply and use the Pell Grant for the spring and fall semesters.

If you have been using the Post 9/11 GI bill all along, you should have been paid by now. I’m thinking that you are not taking enough credits during the Summer Session to authorize you the housing allowance. To qualify, you have to take at least 51% of the number of credits required to be considered a full-time student.

Many schools have a requirement of 12 credits per semester for the fall and spring semesters, but 6 credits per Summer Session, but if your school has not conveyed that information to the VA and you are taking 6 credits, the VA is thinking you are not taking enough credits to qualify for the housing allowance, although you should still have received the book stipend unless you have already reached your $1,000 cap from the fall and spring semesters.

Ron, thanks for all your help. This is my second semester, and its much easier and a lot quicker once you are in the system for it to show up on the Ebenefits page. One problem I did have while waiting the first time my certification was sent in, was that someone had started my paperwork, and they did not finish it. I had been waiting on the money for quite a while until i decided it would be best to hold on the line forever for someone to answer. To my surprise someone answered in less than 30 seconds. She let me know that someone had not completed it. The lady on the line had everything sorted out and in about 3 business days had been back paid and continued to get paid every month after. So if anyone has received info saying your paperwork was submitted and the time frame you were given has passed, give the VA a call, hopefully you get lucky like i did. Once again thanks Ron! Kyle

I just registered for my classes this last Saturday. I have already filled out the processing paperwork and finished with the certificate of eligibility. I am currently under the post 9/11 and taking summer courses. should i be expecting to see any money the first of this month? or will it be the month after next?

It can take up to 8 weeks before you will see any money, so most likely you will be done with the summer session before you get anything from your Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Hi Ron,

I exhausted my Montgomery GI benefits and just started on the Post 9/11 bill. The VA sent me a letter of eligibility and when I called them last week, they told me they had just processed me for Summer quarter. Will I get my BAH sometime next month?

The VA is always a month in arrears in paying the monthly housing allowance. So you should get your money approximately a month after the VA approved your Summer Session application.

Ok I just started on my adventure here. So far I have filed for fafsa and was told I would be approved for the full amount. I also talked to the va and plan on using my Montgomery gi bill in conjunction with it. I won’t start school till Jan 15 but wanted to know if I get my packet in now when should I expect to see my first payment from the Montgomery. Also does it really come to me or what’s the deal. Thanks for your help in advance.

Montgomery GI Bill benefits are sent directly to the student. Just know that the VA is always a month in arrears in paying, so you won’t get your first check until at least a month after you start school and it could even be longer. The government shutdown pushed things back further and it will take time to get caught up.

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