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Higher Ed in the News

GI Bill benefits slow to reach student veterans

October 8, 2009

Overwhelmed by nearly 290,000 claims for the new GI Bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been unable to process paperwork, leaving some vets worried about paying bills.

The VA last week began issuing emergency payments at 57 regional offices across the country.

By Wednesday, the regional office in Lakewood had issued checks to 593 students who applied for their educational benefits but had not yet received payments. 

The new bill pays tuition directly to the college, and a separate check goes to veterans for housing and books. The emergency checks are considered advance payments on the housing and books benefits.

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