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Why Didn’t I Get My Book Stipend for the Second Semester?

Q: This is my second semester in school. I did receive payment for my first semester’s books, but not for my second semester. My first semester’s books were approximately $300. When I asked my school’s VA rep about the situation, he referred me to this web site. Can someone please tell my why I have not been paid for my books? Thanks.

A: I think your VA Representative wanted you to go to the VA’s website. Unfortunately, because we are not the VA, I can only speculate that it was an error on their part for not sending you your Post 9/11 GI Bill book stipend. If you just received your housing allowance, don’t be surprised if your book stipend payment lags behind, as they might not come together on the same day. If your first one had not come through, then I would say you were not eligible to receive the books stipend, but because it did, the second, and subsequent GI Bill book stipends, should not have been a problem.

If it doesn’t come in a week, then contact the VA. There are several ways to do that. One is calling their Education number at 1-888-442-4551. Second, use their Ask-A-Question online feature. You should get an answer within 48 hours.

Third, call one of the VA Regional Centers. They have four of them, with each one responsible for certain states. Find the one serving your state and contact them. Fourth, call your State VA Office.

Sometimes the State and Regional Office can be more responsive as they are smaller and not so bureaucratic, so I would start with your state office and work your way up the chain.

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