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Post 9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits

Emergency Payments for Veterans Awaiting VA Educational Benefits

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has authorized advance payments up to $3,000 for Veterans who have applied for VA educational benefits and who have not yet received their monthly education payments.

If you are a Veteran who has applied for one of VA's education programs and have not yet received your monthly benefit payment for the Fall 2009 term, you can submit a request for an advance payment on this website.

Advance payments will be issued by the U. S. Treasury within 3 workdays (Monday through Friday) following submission of this request. Payments will be in the form of a check sent through the U.S. mail. You should therefore anticipate an additional 3 days (excluding Sundays) for the U.S. Postal Service to deliver your check.

You can also visit one of VA's 57 regional offices across the country to immediately receive an advance payment. You will need to bring a photo ID and your course schedule when you visit the regional office. A list of VA's regional offices is available at

The advance payments will be reconciled with future education payments owed to you.

The amount of the advance payment will be determined as follows:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill $3,000
  • Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty $3,000
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve $1,000
  • Reserve Education Assistance Program $2,000
  • Post Vietnam Era Educational Assistance Programs $1,000

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