GI Bill Status: How to Check
Do you need to check the status of your application for the Post-9/11 GI Bill? There are ways to check the status of your application, and how you can do that may depend on your status as an active duty service member, veteran, military spouse or school-age dependent.
Getting Started with Your GI Bill Status Check
The Department of Veterans Affairs can take up to 30 days, sometimes longer, to process an application for the GI BIll. You won’t be able to check the status of your application until you have been officially notified by the VA that your application has been approved.
Some may be confused by the above. After all, once you have been told you’re approved for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, isn’t that the end of the status question?
Not all applicants have the same GI Bill benefits to use, and by checking the status, you’ll be able to see how much you have to use. Some qualify for 100% entitlement, while others did not serve long enough to do so and are approved with lower percentages of the benefit.
And then there are those who have used GI Bill benefits in the past and want to use them again now.
These applicants do not have the whole of their GI Bill benefit to use; they have what’s left over from the last use of the benefit. Checking your GI Bill status will tell you how much you have left and in some cases, how long you have to use it.
Read more: When Does the GI Bill Expire?
How to Check Your GI Bill Status
Any of the following login portals can be used when you need to check your GI Bill status:
- DS Logon
- My HealtheVet
Once logged in, you’ll want to view your GI Bill Statement of Benefits, which shows the benefits you have used and what’s left. Checking your GI Bill status is NOT the same as verifying enrollment, so it is not safe to assume that simply by logging into your account, you have fulfilled the verification requirements.
Trouble Checking Your GI Bill Status?
Have you logged into your account but can’t find your VA Statement of Benefits? It may be due to problems that include, but are not limited to, having a name on the account that does not match your name in other VA records. It may also be due to any of the following:
- The VA is still processing your GI Bill application and hasn’t decided yet. This problem typically happens when people try to check their status before 30 days have passed since the application.
- You are not eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
- You are trying to log in during scheduled downtime.
The Department of Veterans Affairs advises its users to contact the GI Bill hotline in cases where none of the above applies to them. Call them at 888-442-4551 or TTY: 711.
GI Bill Transfers
Do you need to check the status of a GI Bill transfer to a dependent or spouse? You may need to check the status of this request but the process is not the same as checking your GI Bill status using the procedures listed above.
If you are transferring GI Bill benefits to a family member, contact a representative from your branch of service to check the transfer status. You can find the point of contact for your branch of service at the Department of Veterans Affairs official site.
About the author
Joe Wallace is a 13-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a former reporter/editor for Air Force Television News and the Pentagon Channel. His freelance work includes contract work for Motorola, VALoans.com, and Credit Karma. He is co-founder of Dim Art House in Springfield, Illinois, and spends his non-writing time as an abstract painter, independent publisher, and occasional filmmaker.