After your VA application has been submitted and your school certification has been sent by the Veterans Coordinator, you will be awarded a certain amount of money per month. This monthly amount is actually broken down into a daily rate based on a 30-day month. (For example, if you were awarded $300 per month you would be paid $10 per day.) The first month and last month you attend will have prorated amounts. (For example, if classes begin September 18 you would be eligible for 13 days of payments for September, or $130. If the school year ends June 16 your last check would consist of 16 days’ pay for June, or $160.)
You are also awarded according to your credit load:
|Fall through Spring Quarters
|12 credits or more = full time benefits
9-11 credits = 3/4 time benefits
6-8 credits = 1/2 time benefits
|7 credits or more = full time benefits
6 credits = 3/4 time
4-5 credits = 1/2 time
The VA will pay you in arrears. (For example, you will receive January’s money the first week in February).
Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill), Chapter 1606 (Guard/Reserve), and Chapter 1607 (REAP): It is very important that you remember to call the VA (1-877-823-2378) or use the Internet (www.gibill.va.gov) on the last day of each calendar month (or after) to confirm your enrollment. If you confirm by phone or the Internet, with direct deposit your check should be in your bank within 3 to 5 business days. Direct deposit is the fastest way to receive your benefits!
Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation): Processing and delivery of your check varies. Please call your vocational rehab counselor with any questions you may have regarding your payments.
Chapter 33 (Post 9/11): Tuition and fees are paid directly to the school (based on your rate of pursuit). Your monthly BAH is paid directly to you the first week of every month while attending school.