Chapter 33 VA students using their Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits at Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) and Non-College Degree (NCD) facilities who receive a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payment are required to verify their enrollment each month to continue receiving their payments.
Enrollment Verification FAQs
What is monthly enrollment verification?
Enrollment verification is a new requirement for Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) students to verify every month that they are still enrolled in the same courses or training that their school certified to VA. It’s not about verifying that they are attending classes, but whether their certified enrollment has changed.
Who needs to verify their enrollment?
All Post-9/11 GI Bill students need to verify enrollment every month, but this requirement will be rolled
out in phases through the 2021-2022 school year. Beginning with terms starting on or after December 17, 2021, students at Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) facilities who receive MHA and/or kicker payments are required to verify their enrollment. Later phases include additional populations of Post-9/11 GI Bill students.Non-College Degree (NCD) facility students are already verifying their enrollments. Once opted in, students won’t need to opt in again for future terms unless they change their phone number or email address.
How do I verify enrollment?
Students now have the option to verify enrollment via text message or email. Students who opt out of text messages will be automatically enrolled in email verification as long as they have a valid email address on file. VA strongly recommends using text or email, but if these options are unavailable to your students, they may call the Education Call Center (ECC) at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to verify enrollment. Please be advised that calling the ECC may result in long wait times.
What happens if I don’t verify my enrollment?
If a student fails to submit enrollment verification for two consecutive months, their MHA/kicker payments will be held until they verify their enrollment. For example, if their term starts in February and they fail to verify their enrollment for February and March, their April payments will be placed on hold.