VA Education Payments
These are basic rates of pay for MGIB, REAP and Dependents Education Assistance and do not include kickers, buy-up or any other additional programs.
Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill you may receive:
- A tuition and fees payment (paid directly to the school) not to exceed the tuition and fees at the most expensive state Institution of Higher Learning (IHL). View the listing of the maximum tuition and fees for each state.
- A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This amount is based on the ZIP code of the location of the school you are attending. You can determine the BAH for your ZIP code online.
- An annual book stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
The only benefit that pays tuition directly to the school is the Post 9/11 GI Bill. You can get more information online about benefit comparisons.
It can take the VA several weeks to process your initial application and anywhere from six to 10 weeks to process enrollment certifications.
Generally, VA education benefit payments are made at the end of each month you attend school. For example, if classes start in August and your claim has been completely processed by the VA, the payment for that month will normally be received in the first 10 days of September.
The VA pays you for attendance in class. If you stop attending a class and do not officially withdraw from it and receive a failing grade, JCCC is required to report this information along with the last day of attendance in that class to the VA. The VA will consider this a reduction in enrollment and charge an overpayment against your VA education benefits.
JCCC has many free resource centers to assist you with tutorial services. If you find that you need additional assistance, the VA has a tutorial assistance program that can reimburse you for a private tutor. Please contact the Veterans Administration advisor if you would like more information on using this program.