GI Bill Methods of Payment

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 Summer Quarter
12 credits or more = full time benefits
9-11 credits = 3/4 time benefits
6-8 credits = 1/2 time benefits
8 credits or more = full time benefits
6-7 credits = 3/4 time
4-5 credits - 1/2 time

The VA will pay you after the fact, approximately four to seven weeks behind. (For example, you will receive January's money sometime in February, February's money sometime in March, etc.).

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11): Tuition and fees are paid directly to the school (based on your rate of percent). Your monthly BAH is paid directly to you four to seven weeks after the start of school.

BENEFIT CHART

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
Individuals serving an aggregate period of
active duty after 9/10/01 of:
Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable
(books at 100% = $1,000 maximum per year):
At least 36 months 100% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 30 continuous days and discharged
due to service-connected disability
100% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 30 months...less than 36 months 90% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 24 months...less than 30 months 80% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
excludes service on active duty
in entry-level and skill training
At least 18 months...less than 24 months 70% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
excludes service on active duty
in entry-level and skill training
At least 12 months...less than 18 months 60% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
excludes service on active duty
in entry-level and skill training
At least 6 months...less than 12 months 50% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
excludes service on active duty
in entry-level and skill training
At least 90 days...less than 6 months 40% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
excludes service on active duty
in entry-level and skill training

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 7 to 10 business days. Direct deposit is the fastest way to receive your benefits!

BENEFIT CHART

Chapter 30: Joined Service 7/1/85 or after
Pay reduction of $100 for 12 months - Max 36 months of entitlement
Training Time Monthly Rate
Full-time $1,717.00
3/4 time $1,287.75
1/2 time $858.50

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation): Processing and delivery of your check varies. Please call your vocational consultant with any questions you may have regarding your payments.

BENEFIT CHART

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) - Must have at least a 20% disability to apply.
If approved for retraining, veteran receives tuition, books, supplies plus monthly
subsistence amount. Takes approximately 4-6 months for VA to determine eligibility.
  0 Dep. 1 Dep. 2 Dep. Each Add'l
Full-time $566.97 $703.28 $828.76 $60.41
3/4 time $426.01 $528.23 $619.62 $46.45
1/2 time $285.05 $285.05 $415.14 $31.00
Effective August 1, 2011: The law authorizes VA to allow a veteran, entitled to both a Chapter 31 subsistence allowance and Post 9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33 educational assistance, to elect to receive a payment in an alternate amount instead of the regular Chapter 31 subsistence allowance.
The alternate payment will be based on the military basic allowance for housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents residing in the zip code of the training facility. Training in foreign institutions and training that is solely online or in-home will be based on the national average BAH.

BENEFIT CHART

Chapter 35 (Dependents): Veteran parent or spouse must be 100%
permanent service-connected disabled or service-connected deceased.
Training Time Monthly Rate
Full-time $1,018.00
3/4 time $763.00
1/2 time $506.00
Less than 1/2 time and more than 1/4 time $506.00
1/4 time or less $254.50

BENEFIT CHARTS

Chapter 1606

Chapter 1606 Guard/Reserve Program: July 1, 1985 to present
with current six-year contract (Pay increases with kicker)
Training Time Monthly Rate
Full-time $367.00
3/4 time $274.00
1/2 time $182.00
Less than 1/2 time $91.75

Chapter 1607

Chapter 1607 (REAP): Guard/Reserve who have been deployed
Training Time Service of 90 days but
less than one year
Service of one
year or more
Service of two
years or more
Full-time $686.80 $1,030.20 $1,373.60
3/4 time $515.10 $772.65 $1,030.20
1/2 time $343.40 $515.10 $686.80
Less than 1/2 time
(4 to 5 credits)
$343.40 $515.10 $686.80
1/4 time
(1 to 3 credits)
$171.70 $257.55 $343.40
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