April 26, 2010 - The Post-9/11 GI Bill has certainly had its share of problems since it started paying out benefits last year. Last year saw both veteran-students and colleges not receiving payments for months at a time. The issues got so bad the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had to issue emergency payments just to make sure veteran-students could stay in school and is still recovering these payments.
Now, months after the VA reported they had made adjustments to their processing system and said things should be close to being on track, they announced the veteran-student's living stipends are being underpaid because of yet another computer issue. At the very least, students are receiving $63 less than they should every month. In some high cost areas, this number could be considerably larger.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill's monthly living stipend is paid by the Defense Department and based on Basic Allowance for Housing rates; these rates change every January 1. Military personnel on active-duty received these increases in their January paychecks. Veteran-students relying on these stipends being paid through out the Post-9/11 GI Bill will not receive the increases until July.
Veteran-students should expect to receive retroactive payments once the second phase of the VA's technological update is in place, which is due by July. At this point, the number of veteran-students that will receive money is unknown.
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