New automated system in place for GI Bill

The Department of Veterans Affairs has deployed a new automated system that is delivering faster, more accurate payments to veterans attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The technology relies upon information from veterans and specialized rules-based software to streamline the process for calculating veterans’ benefits.

The new processes and software available to VA’s claims personnel replace the interim tools in use since August 2009, when the Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective.

VA has issued more than $8 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit payments to nearly 440,000 students and their educational institutions. The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays schools directly for the tuition and fees incurred by eligible veterans and active-duty personnel. Those payments are based upon the maximum rate in each state for tuition and fees at the in-state level for undergraduates. A monthly housing allowance is also provided.

Also included is a maximum $1,000 annual stipend for books and supplies, and a one-time payment of $500 for students who reside in specific rural areas. For further information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, click here.