Veterans Payment Details

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Benefit payments are sent

  • Directly to the school for tuition and fee payments
  • Directly to you for the housing allowance and book stipend

When benefits are paid

Post 9/11 GI Bill housing, book and supply stipends are paid “after the fact.” This means that your housing stipend for January won’t be received until February. If you are starting school for the first time, your first payment may not cover a full month of housing because the VA pays from the actual day you start school. So, if you start Jan. 8, your February payment will be for the 23 days you attended in January.

Check the status of your claim

To find out the status of your education claim, please call the GI Bill Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551, Monday-Wednesday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., central time. You also can send an electronic inquiry 24/7 on their GI Bill Web site.