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Will I Still Get the Post 9/11 GI Bill Book Stipend Being I’m Starting Later?

Q: Hello, I am active duty receiving the New GI Bill. I know that I will be eligible to receive the book stipend starting Oct 1st. Since my term is starting on Sep 26th, will I receive the stipend for this term, or will I have to wait until next term? Also, how will I be receiving the money? Will I get a check in the mail, or is it direct deposit? So far, I have not received any money directly since the tuition goes straight to the school, and I am active duty so I do not get a housing allowance. Do I have to set up a payment arrangement for the book stipend? Thank you for your help in advance!

A: Because the book stipend is for a whole semester, you should get it for this semester even though you are not eligible for it until October 1st. As you know, the Post 9/11 GI Bill book stipend is calculated based on the number of credits you are taking and multiplied by $41.67. It does have a $1,000 per academic year cap, so if you are carrying a full load during the first two semesters, you may not have any book stipend money left for the Summer Sessions or Semester.

The payment arrangement, in order for you to receive the book stipend, is set up when you enroll in school as a GI Bill student. When you decided to go to school, you should have requested your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by submitting VA Form 22-1990 from the eBenefits website. In return you would have received your COE and turned in a copy to your school when you enrolled.

Your school in turn would have submitted a Certificate of Enrollment on your behalf showing you are enrolled in school. That certificate along with your COE is what triggers the book stipend payment to you (and your tuition payment to your school).

As far as how you would receive the money, it depends on the information your put on your VA Form 22-1990. If you included Direct Deposit information, then your money will come into your bank account electronically. If you did not submit DD info, then you would get your book stipend delivered by hard copy check to the address listed on your form.

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