Veterans’ GI Bill benefits to continue during COVID-19 pandemic


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Student Veterans will continue to receive their GI Bill benefits under S. 3503, which President Trump signed into law March 21.

The law enables VA to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The law gives VA temporary authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. This allows for continued payment of benefits even if the program has changed from resident training to online training.

Thanks to the law, GI Bill students will continue receiving the same monthly housing allowance (MHA) payments they received for resident training until Dec. 21, or until the school resumes in-person classes.

In the wake of COVID-19, thousands of students nationwide have been converted to distance learning as many educational institutions are transitioning to technology-based lesson delivery.

“I commend President Trump and Congress for their work on this important law,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It will give Veteran students certainty as they continue their education.”

Students receiving GI Bill benefits are not required to take any action. Benefits will continue automatically. VA will work closely with schools to ensure accurately certified enrollments and timely processing. Updates will be provided to students via direct email campaigns and social media regarding VA’s effort to implement these new changes.

Students with specific questions can contact the Education Call Center at: 888-442-4551 between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.


More information on COVID-19

For the latest VA updates on coronavirus and commonsense tips on preventing its spread, visit https://www.va.gov/coronavirus.

For more information about coronavirus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Comments

  1. Jacob Masga    

    My daughter did not get the full amount. Even if I included the 6 days spring break it is still way short

  2. eric    

    i havent gotten bah this month either.. currently attending IBT but from march 17th we are transfered to online courses

  3. L.B.L.    

    Husband has seen his either and it is usually deposited on the last day of the month

  4. Matt ODonnell    

    The way it looks right now, if you have been receiving benefits for school like tuition or mha you will continue to receive those benefits. I usually get my compensation and mha for school on the first of the month so we will find out tomorrow.

    https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5403

  5. Charlene Naasko    

    What about upcoming courses that may be cancelled? I have been receiving housing allowance for the past 14 months, and I am currently registered in classes for spring/summer, but the semester may be cancelled. Does this mean I will not have any income until fall?

  6. Trevor Lamb    

    My school just told me the VA told them not to authorize for future semesters at this time… even though my school is fully operational with online courses.

  7. Donna Adams    

    Will military veterans receive their disability checks on time during the coronavirus

    1. S. T. G.    

      Good question. I usually receive mine on tis day and I haven’t seen it yet. fingers crossed. I depend on it, as all others do, for my survival.

  8. Daphne Dunbar    

    The Georgia Board of Massage is currently refusing to implement online learning for lecture only like the Board of Cosmetology and Barbers so I’ve been forced to take a COVID-19 leave of absence. I really depend on my housing because I’m in school full time and only working part time. On top of that my job close.

    1. Lesley Dowden    

      Mine haven’t been deposited. I rely on that like so many others.

  9. Stephen R Puckett    

    God Bless our President….Veterans always in mind….He is still my Commander In Chief and I was 214’ed in 1976 !!

  10. Clinton O'Brien    

    What about us using are GI bill for a trade job. I am currently doing a trade as a electrician but due to the virus my company will be closing down. Now I will not be getting my housing allowance due to me not having hours to certify with. Whats my next step because this looks like it only protects college students and not us trades people doing OJT.

    [Editor: VBA’s Education Service is monitoring action in the House of Representatives that would address this issue.]

  11. Luke Bergeron    

    Does this apply to veterans who are currently enrolling to start school in April? Or do you have to be already receiving benefits from the GI Bill?

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