Where is my VA check?
This is probably the most often asked question we get at our office. We would like to remind you that any time a certification is sent out the time to process this paperwork can range from six to eight weeks plus mail time. Also, as of late, Atlanta has been receiving a larger number of requests for veterans (covering a thirteen state area) to attend school under the GI Bill, and like the rest of the government has been subjected to downsizing. This also accounts for the timeliness of processing certifications. The best suggestion is to call the VA. at 1-800-827-1000 and talk to a counselor. This is the avenue we take as well. If the Regional Office in Atlanta says there is something wrong with your file, please contact us by stopping by our office inside the Financial Aid Office in the University Center or call us at (229) 333-5431 at your earliest convenience and we will remedy the problem.
Contrary to popular belief, the GI. Bill is not meant to pay your tuition when it is due. The Montgomery GI Bill is a program designed to help Veterans offset the cost of attending an Institution of Higher Learning with a set stipend in either monthly payments or in the case of taking one class, tuition reimbursement. We are fortunate in attending Valdosta State, that when all the bills are paid (i.e. tuition, books, fees etc.) there is usually some money left over from the payments. In schools where tuition exceeds the amount of benefits for a term, the veteran still receives the same benefits as we do, therefore is faced with a cost out of pocket.
In order to receive advanced pay, one of the following must apply:
- You are establishing your GI. Bill benefits for the first time and it is more than 30 days prior to the beginning of the term when you stop by our office.
- You have not used your benefits at VSU or any other institution during the prior term. The 30 day window also applies for this.
- There was a 30 day break between the last day of the prior term and the first day of the new one.
We cannot overstress the importance of filling out the checklist. The checklist ensures that we have the most recent information as to your classes and where we can reach you in case there is a question from Atlanta that may jeopardize your payments.