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Receiving Benefits

Verification of Enrollment
Everyone receiving MGIB - Active Duty benefits, as well as those in the Selected Reserve, must verify his or her enrollment each month to receive payment for that month. Your enrollment can be verified on the last calendar day of the month using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave or by calling the toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-823-2378. (Chapter 35 students do not need to do the W.A.V.E)

Students must be currently enrolled in an approved educational program and must have a current benefit award to use WAVE. The WAVE system permits students to perform a multitude of functions. For instance, students may:
- Verify that their enrollment has not changed
Report a change in their enrollment
Change their mailing address
        - Initiate or change their direct deposit information
 View their enrollment period
        - View their monthly rate
        - Sign up for a monthly e-mail reminder

Students can only “phone in” (1-877-823-2378) their monthly verification if there are no changes to the enrollment during the previous month.  If there were changes in the enrollment the student must use the WAVE system or speak with a benefits counselor at 1-888-442-4551.

Students receiving Chapter 30, 33, 1606 and1607 benefits have the option to have VA payments deposited directly into a checking/savings account of their choice.  Call 1-877-838-2778 to set up an account or to update current direct deposit account information.

VA Benefit checks are sent directly to the address the student indicated on the VA application.  Payment is based on the dates the required class meets. The VA will automatically pay students for all payable reaks between regular quarters unless the veteran student states in writing that they want no pay break.  Payment of benefits usually occurs between the 1st and the 15th of each month and is paid for the previous month. Inquiries may be made directly with the VA at their toll free number 1-888-442-4551.

VA monthly benefits are paid to the student (Chapter 30, 1606, 1607) based on enrolled units or the number of units that apply to the degree objective/goal currently on file. Enrollment categories are as follows:

Standard Term 

12 or more units - Full-Time

9 – 11 units - Three-fourth Time

6 – 8 units - Half-Time

1 – 5 units - Less Than Half-Time*    

Summer Term

 6 or more units - Full-Time

5 units - Three-fourth Time

4 units - Half-Time

3 units - Less Than Half-Time*

 *Students enrolled less than half-time will receive benefits for Tuition and Fees only.


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