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33.4 Days: First Time Applications
23.6 Days: Supplemental*
*A supplemental claim is a re-enrollment or other change that impacts your benefit.
You served with honor and you’re ready to further your education and skills. If you qualify, apply for VA education and training benefits online, in person, or request an application over the phone.
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October 16, 2018 11:00AM
Many of our Post-9/11 GI Bill students are experiencing longer than typical wait times to receive monthly housing payments. Today, we are averaging a little over 35 days to work first-time applications and 23 days for re-enrollments.
Although processing times in the fall are longer than other seasons, wait times this year are longer than usual. Knowing this may have caused you a financial hardship, please let us know by contacting us via the GI Bill website at https://gibill.custhelp.va.gov/app/utils/login_form/redirect/ask.
As Our Education Call Center is also experiencing higher than normal wait times, you can avoid waiting on the phone for a payment status by calling 1-888-442-4551 and choosing Option 2 for an automated response. You can also check your eBenefits or vets.gov account for payment status. Once your payment is processed by VA, it will take a few more days to reach your banking institution.
We regret that these delays are occurring and the impact they may have on you and your family. We’re working to make sure you are paid as soon as possible and will continue to update you with any new information we have. You may also want to follow us on our Facebook page for updates at https://www.facebook.com/gibillEducation/.
October 16, 2018 9:45AM
As you are aware from our previous notices to you, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is experiencing some delays in processing payments for our beneficiaries and their educational institutions. This is due to several IT-related issues and the fall peak enrollment season. While the pending inventory is trending downward, we anticipate a high pending claim inventory through the end of this year. We sincerely regret these delays, and are doing everything possible to restore the timeliness you have come to rely on.
We are reaching out to you to ask for your assistance to ensure that GI Bill students are not penalized if the school has not received tuition and fee payments due them from VA. Late payments are likely due to VA processing delays and certainly are not the fault of the student. We ask for your patience as we work to resolve the ongoing challenges. If your school is waiting for tuition and fee payments for GI Bill students, we respectfully urge you to continue to work with the students so they may continue their academic pursuits.
Please share this with any other offices at your institution as you deem appropriate.
If you have questions concerning the status of an enrollment you submitted, please contact our School Certifying Official inquiry phone number. If you do not have the number, please contact your Education Liaison Representative for it.
For updates on the average time it will take us to process enrollments, please go to the GI Bill website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
Thank you again for your patience.
October 10, 2018 3:30 PM
Although processing times in the fall are longer than other seasons, wait times this year are longer than usual. Knowing this may have caused you a financial hardship, please let us know by contacting us via the GI Bill submit a question.
September 27, 2018 9:30 PM
The transcript of the September 27, 2018 Education Service Webinar is now available.
September 25, 2018 3:40 PM
As of today, on average, it is taking about 35 days to work first-time applications for education benefits and 17 days for supplemental claims. A supplemental claim is often a re-enrollment or other change that impacts your benefit.
August 28, 2018 10:55 AM
The transcript of the August 28, 2018 Education Service Webinar is now available.
August 2, 2018 3:20 PM
July 31, 2018 4:25 PM
The transcript of the July 31, 2018 Education Service Webinar is now available.
July 24, 2018 11:45 AM
Join us on July 26 or August 9 at 2pm ET.
The schedule for School Certifying Officials is here.
Click here to join the meeting
Audio Information: 1-800-767-1750
Participant Code: 25803#
July 20, 2018 1:15 PM
The updated transcript of the June 12, 2018 Education Service Webinar is now available including answers to unanswered questions asked during the Webinar.
July 20, 2018 12:45 PM
Effective 7/20/19, eligibility to transfer benefits will be limited to sevicemembers with less than 16 years of active duty or selected reserve service. Contact your military branch representative with any questions. See DoD's announcement.
July 17, 2018 4:20 PM
The transcript of the July 17, 2018 Education Service Webinar is now available.
July 11, 2018 2:10 PM
The Colmery Act brings significant changes to your education benefits, many that go into effect August 1. The law affects your monthly housing allowance, allows additional Reserve time to be credited towards Post-9/11 GI Bill, allows additional months of entitlement for STEM programs, and a lot more.
Find out what’s changing by joining us for our first of three informational online webinars on July 12, 2018, @ 2pm ET. The audio is only accessible by dialing 1-800-767-1750 then entering 25803# when prompted.
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June 12, 2018 9:30 PM
The transcript of the June 12, 2018 Education Service Webinar is now available.
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