Frequently Asked Questions
- By logging onto the W.A.V.E. system at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/verify-attendance/
- By using the VA's automated telephone system at: 1-877-823-2378
The current rates for students using GI Bill benefits can be found at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.html
For students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, current BAH rates can be found at: http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm. Upon arriving at the website, insert rank as E-5 and zip code as 11790. Your current BAH rate will be the dependent rate.
Prior active duty students who contributed to the basic Montgomery GI Bill are entitled to 36 months of full-time benefits.
Members of the Selected Reserves are eligible for 36 months of full-time benefits (as long as they serve and meet the requirements of the selected reserve component) up to 14 years from the day they became eligible for benefits, or the day they leave the selected reserves (whichever comes first).
Members of the Selected Reserves who have been deployed receive 36 months of full-time benefits. However they can receive these benefits once they leave the selected reserves for the length of their deployment plus four months.
For example, if a student was deployed for 12 months, they can receive their GI Bill for 16 months after they leave the selected reserves.
Survivors and Dependents may be entitled to receive benefits for a total of 45 months of full-time benefits.
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It is very important that students notify the Office of Veterans Affairs by completing the SBU VA form. Once submitted they can bring a hard copy of their bill and schedule. This information is then electronically sent to the VA Regional Office and a notification letter is sent to your mailing address.
Yes, you will normally receive benefits during these breaks, provided they are not longer than thirty days. It is also possible to receive payment for the winter intersession, but you must enroll for classes and notify our office before the end of the fall semester.
For example, if the fall semester ends on December 20th, the VA would normally pro-rate payments through December 20th. However, students who register for the spring before this date may come to the VA office and fill out the SBU Enrollment Application and receive full payment for December and January.
It is up to the student to decide whether he or she wants to collect benefits during these periods (keep in mind that the VA still subtracts these periods from the 36 month total award).
Students must immediately notify the Office of Veterans Affairs of any changes in their class schedule that result in less than full-time enrollment, since these changes may affect the amount of monthly benefits.
Note: If a student is involuntarily activated, Stony Brook University has an official policy available in the Office of Veterans Affairs.
Yes, all students collecting VA benefits can enroll in direct deposit by simply signing onto the W.A.V.E. system on the GI Bill website, or by coming to the VA office and filling out a direct deposit form.
You must fill out a change of place of training form and the SBU enrollment form. We will submit it to the VA Regional Office, and you will receive notification from the VA once your application is processed. You don't have to submit a DD-214, NOBE or Application for Benefits form (VA Form-1990) if you previously received educational benefits at another institution.
In addition to the base pay received, you are entitled to an extra $150 per month as a full time student.
Prior active military members who:
Were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
Have a service-connected disability that the VA has rated at least 10 percent.
Disabling and that arose on or after September 16, 1940.
Needs rehabilitation services and assistance to overcome an employment handicap or to improve his or her capacity for independent living in his or her family and community.
Yes, you will receive all increases in the GI Bill.
If you take online classes you will still receive the housing allowance (as long as
you are above 1/2 time)
the BAH will be set at the national rate. If you take one class on campus, then you
will receive the Stony Brook zip code BAH rate ($2658-
with dependents; $2013-without dependents).
VA will not pay:
• Costs related to travel (airfare, lodging & meals)
• Third party charges
For any other questions or concerns, feel free to speak to one of the VA representatives during our normal business hours:
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