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Monthly Enrollment Verification
At the end of every month, starting January 2022, you as the student will need to verify your enrollment to VA. You will receive a test message from VA inviting you to opt-in – "Post-9/11 GI Bill housing and kicker payments now require monthly enrollment verification. Would you like to submit yours via text?" Reply "YES" to opt-in. The link will expire in 14 days from when you received it.
At the end of each month you will receive a text requesting enrollment verifications - "Did you remain enrolled in your courses in MON YYYY as certified?" Reply "YES" to verify. If you do not reply within 6 days you will need to call the VA Education Hotline to verify your enrollment at 888-442-4551. If you reply "NO", VA will contact our office if necessary. If you fail to verify for two consecutive months, your MHA/kicker payments will be placed on hold.
COVID-19 Exemption Extended
The COVID-19 exemption has been extended to June of 2022. All terms starting after then are requiring Post 9/11 students who receive a monthly housing allowance to be certified with classes as they are offered - grounded classes will be certified as grounded, online will be certified as online. Any student enrolled in all online courses will receive a reduced monthly housing allowance; about half of what they would normally receive ($871 for full-time online vs. $2022 for full-time with at least one grounded class). Classes must have some face-to-face instruction to be considered grounded, as long as it applies to the whole class. Remedial classes are not counted in this category and must meet the strict grounded policy.
Strict Grounded Policy: 50 minutes of class time per week per credit – one 5 credit class meets 4 hours 10 minutes per week
You only need one class certified as grounded to be eligible for the full-time monthly housing allowance.
This only applies to Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill students with the exception of those using a transfer of entitlement from an active-duty spouse and Chapter 31 VR&E students with remaining Post 9/11 entitlement.
"Rounding Out" Revisions
The "Round Out" policy option has been revised for those students entering their final term before graduation. If they only need one or two classes to graduate but still fall short of full time, students could "Round Out" their schedule with any class(es) to be bumped up to full-time. This option has been revised while there is no change to the actual law.
The law states that students can "Round Out" their last term only with classes required for their degree even if those classes are not needed to graduate.
Example: A student pursuing a degree in political science may have the choice to take two of four courses in government as a graduation requirement. If the student does not need a third or fourth government class for graduation but wants to round out, VA will allow the student to take those additional government courses because they are included in the student's program of education. Chosen classes must be specified by name in the curriculum.
Beginning October 1, 2021, VA resumed all debts accrued between April 6, 2020, and September 30, 2021. They are not garnishing any payments until January 2022. For more information please contact VA Debt Management directly at 800-827-0648, or you visit your VA.gov profile to manage your VA debt. You can also send an inquiry through VA's direct messaging system, Ask VA, or "AVA."