Vets now required to verify school enrollment monthly or risk losing housing benefits
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Changes are coming this month for veterans receiving Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to attend school. Those students now have to verify their enrollment each month or risk losing their housing allowance.
Veterans Affairs officials say that anyone failing to verify their enrollment for two consecutive months will have their housing stipends placed on hold.
The change comes after Congress passed legislation to help ensure funds are being distributed only to those that qualify.
“I think it’s a good thing; I think what Congress was trying to do was trying to ensure that money that is being paid is going to a student that’s still enrolled in school,” says Greg Krajewski, Director of Military and Veterans Services at Black Hills State University.
The V.A. is planning on sending out alert messages at the end of every month and giving students a few days to respond. They’re hoping to get the word out early so students don’t mistake those messages for spam.
“Everybody should have received [an] opt-in notification so that they can receive texts directly from the V.A.,” Krajewski says. “So at the end of the month, they’d just get a text and they’d just hit ‘yes’ [that] they’re still enrolled and that’s done.”
Ignoring them could be costly; the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill stipends range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Anyone with questions about their specific requirements is encouraged to contact the veterans representative at their respective school.