How VA Payments Work

Depending on what benefit or assistance you are eligible for, the payment and coverage may vary. Below is basic information about how your VA educational benefit payment processes work, including GI Bill®; programs and what education-related expenses are covered.

Chapter 30, 35, and 1606

How Payments Work

Your payments will be sent to the bank account you set up for direct deposit with the VA. You will be paid at the end of each month. If school starts August 20, that means your first payment should arrive on or around September 1.

Verification for Chapter 1606 and 30

To receive Chapter 1606 and Chapter 30 payments, you must verify your enrollment monthly through WAVE before VA will release payment.

What is my Pay Rate?

Visit the VA’s website for the most up-to-date payment rates.

Chapter 33

How Payments Work

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® pays in three ways: tuition and fees, a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA), and a book stipend. The tuition and fees payment will be sent directly to SMU. The MHA and book stipend will be sent to the bank account you set up for direct deposit with the VA.

What is Covered

  • Books: The book stipend is based on your percent of eligibility and your number of credit hours for the term. If you have 100% eligibility, you will receive $41.67 per credit hour up to $1,000 for the year.

Chapter 31

How Payments Work

Your tuition payments will be sent directly to SMU.

What is Covered?

Payments will be based on the authorization form (28-1905). Typically an authorization will cover tuition, fees, books, and supplies. If you want to have additional fees/items covered by your benefit, you will need to work with your Vocational Rehabilitation counselor.

Debts with the VA

If you choose to drop a course, you will be responsible for paying back any debt associated with the drop to the VA, the school, or both.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at