Processing delays at the VA during peak times of the year
The Department of Veteran Affairs has advised our office that first-time applicants (Veterans and Dependents of Veterans) may experience application processing delays due to the high volume of applications being submitted. Longer delays can be expected between the months of June, July and August, which are typically when most individuals are applying for VA Benefits because these are the months leading up to the Fall semester at schools across the country.
First time GI Bill recipients may also experience a delay in the receipt of your first benefit payment. Once the first payment has been issued all other payments should be made on time.
If you have not received your monthly payment one week after the first of the month, please contact Veterans Services at the College. Our office can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting Veterans Services on Central Campus, Building 19, Room 101. Our office would be more than happy to assist you with any delays in payment.
Updates for GI Bill Housing Payment Delays
The VA announced that it would be more than a year until they were able to fully implement the Forever GI Bill. This would delay the roll out date to make correct GI Bill housing payments under the law until December 1, 2019.
The VA encourages students that require assistance with their GI Bill benefit or experience a financial hardship due to a delay in payment to contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday - Friday.
The VA calculates weighted "equivalent credit hours" so that fewer credits are required for full-time (and more than half-time) enrollment. The VA uses a formula to determine "equivalent credit hours". Veterans are certified based on the actual number of credits in which they are enrolled, and the VA calculates the BAH payment based on their formula.
To receive full-time BAH for a shortened semester, such as summer, veterans need to be enrolled in a minimum of 8 credit hours. The best guidance to follow when registering for summer term is: a minimum of 8 credit hours in session one (with at least on class on campus; that meets at least 2.5 hours per week), 3 credit hours in session one, 3 credit hours in session two, and 3 credit hours in session three.
If you are unsure if your courses meet the full-time BAH criteria, please contact our office so that we can review your enrollment with you.
Here is an example of how the "equivalent credit hours" are calculated for the Summer term:
|Session 1 - 12 weeks||3 credits||4.25 credits|
|Session 2 - 6 weeks||3 credits||9 credits|
|Session 3 - 6 weeks||3 credits||9 credits|