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Benefit payment information

Your Responsibilities to Ensure a Correct and Timely Payment
Retroactive Benefits
Self Certification of your Enrollment
Change of Address and Direct Deposit
Benefit Rates of Pay
How Entitlement is Charged

Benefit payments are made directly to students. The payment is made to the student for the exact number of days the student is certified for the month. If a student is certified for a whole month, the full monthly benefit is paid. If the student is only certified for part of the month, the benefit is prorated.

Payment usually comes between the 1st and 15th of each month and is paid for the previous month. The VA does not consider a payment is late until after the 10th of the month. Inquiries may be made directly with the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

Your GI Bill ® money is tax free. It is not declarable for income tax purposes (non-taxable income), but it is for any financial aid assistance.

1) Establish a direct deposit account with the VA.
2) Submit your Request for Certification form to the A&R Office as soon as you've registered for classes.  Any delay in submission will cause a delay in your payment.
3) Attend classes.
4) Self-certify at the end of each month (for all chapters other than 33, 35 and 31).
5) Notify our office of any changes to your class schedule or personal information.
6) Remember to read anything the VA sends you thoroughly. This might eliminate any problems with pay.

VA benefits can be paid for enrollments up to one year before the date VA receives a student’s application. The date stamp put on the student’s application determines the one year date.

Chapter 35 retroactive benefits may be handled differently and may exceed one year. Student should contact the VA directly for information about this option.

Veteran students who receive benefits under Chapters 30, 1606 or 1607 must verify their enrollment each month (students under Chapter 35-dependents or Chapter 33-Post 9/11 GI Bill ® do NOT self-certify). These students will receive an award letter from the VA Regional Processing Center in Muskogee, OK. Once this is received, the student can self certify. The earliest this can be done is the last day of the month. Monthly verification (self certification) can be done via one of the following two ways:

Telephone - Using Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

Internet - WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment).

Failure to self-certify will cause your benefits to stop. You must do this every month or you will not get paid! Federal holidays may delay receipt of the Student Verification of Enrollment and/or your check.

Direct deposit of VA educational benefits payment is now available for Chapter 30, 33, 1606 and 1607 recipients. This program speeds up education and work study payments. It also decreases the chance of missing, lost, or stolen checks. As easy as 1-2-3, students may request direct deposit through the VA by calling the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

The VA will require students to provide their VA file number, 9-digit bank routing number, and checking/savings account number.  Students must keep their address current. Even if a student has direct deposit, the student still needs to keep his or her address current because all other correspondence including award letters are mailed to the student’s address. The fastest way to change an address is to call VA (888-442-4551).

CHAPTER 30, 1606, 1607 and 35:
The rate of pay depends on the number of units that are certified (required classes on your VA educational plan) as shown below:

Full Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time
Fall/Spring 12.0+ 9.0-11.5 6.0-8.5
Summer 8-week 6.0+ 4.0-5.5 3.0-3.5
Summer 6-week 4.0+ 3.0-3.5 2.0-2.5

 Students enrolled less than 1/2 time will only receive tuition and fees.

Students are paid at a monthly rate set by the Department of Veteran Affairs, which can be found on their website

Chapter 33 benefits are paid by rate of pursuit - not the number of units enrolled (like the other chapters).  Eligible veterans receive a percentage of the benefit for tuition and fees, monthly housing allowance, and book stipend based on the months of active duty service after 9/10/01.  Effective August 1, 2011, the monthly housing allowance will be prorated by the student's rate of pursuit (rounded to the nearest tenth).  For example, a student training at a rate of pursuit of 75% (9 units) would receive 80% of the BAH rate.

Tuition and fees - payment is made directly to FLC by the VA on behalf of the veteran.  This can be a lengthy process so in order to not be dropped for nonpayment by the district, the veteran should submit their VA paperwork to the college immediately after enrolling in classes.  The VA office can then place a Do Not Drop indicator on their record, so they are not dropped for nonpayment.  If a veteran student pays their fees, they can apply for a refund after the VA payment is made and applied to their account.
Housing allowance (BAH) - a monthly housing allowance is paid directly to the student at the start of each month for the previous month. It equals the DOD's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependent and the zip code to the school.  You can find the BAH rates at http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html.  
Rates are as follows:
Fall or spring semesters -
12 units   100% of BAH
11 units   90% of BAH
10 units   80% of BAH
9 units     80% of BAH
8 units     70% of BAH
7 units     60% of BAH
Summer 8 week session -
6 units     100% of BAH
5 units      80% of BAH
4 units      60% of BAH
Summer 6 week session -
4 units      100% of BAH
3 units       70% of BAH
Books and supplies stipend - Paid directly to the student when the school's enrollment certification has been processed.  The stipend pays $41.67 per unit certified - up to a maximum of $1000 per academic year.
Entitlement - Veterans are generally entitled to 36 months of benefits.  Rate of Pursuit determines the number of months deducted from the entitlement for the length of the semester.  VA calculates the Rate of Pursuit by dividing the number of certified units by the number of units considered to be full-time by the school.  In the case of FLC, 12 units is considered full-time - 7 certified units is 58% of a month deducted from the 36 months of entitlement (remember the rate of pursuit must be over 50%).

Chapter 30 - 35 - 1606 - 1607
Full-time   One day charged one day of entitlement
Part-time  Applicable percentage charged, i.e., 3/4, 1/2
Chapter 33
Full-time   One day for each day of the certified enrollment period
Part-time   A percentage of a day for each day of the certified enrollment period, i.e., 58%

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