How long does it take to process my application and receive benefits?
It depends on a number of factors, but please remember that the DVA pays "in arrears" meaning that they pay AFTER each month of schooling is complete - not before - so even the fastest possible processing will still mean you will not see any payments until at least a month after the term starts.

Processing benefits is a two-part process. First, the Veteran Services Officer here at SSU has to submit a certification of your classes to the DVA. We will do this as quickly as possible but it may take a week, especially during peak enrollment periods. Once your certification is submitted, the DVA can take from 6-8 weeks to generate your initial payment. This means it is important that you save up enough to meet your obligations for up to three months if you do not plan to work while attending school.

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