July 21, 2006, Newsletter Issue #25: Register Early or Be Prepared to Wait

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When the time comes for you to use your GI Bill benefits, it's important to register far in advance of the beginning of your first semester. In some cases, you may wait twelve weeks or more before your paperwork is viewed, processed and approved. That means three months or more waiting for your first GI Bill payment.

The good news is that you are paid for the months you attend, even if the first checks are a bit late. The bad news; the longer you wait to submit paperwork; the farther into the semester you go waiting for your GI Bill benefits. Best advice? Make an appointment with a military education counselor or your local VA representative to get a briefing on your GI Bill benefits, requirements and student responsibilities.

Whether you apply at Westwood College, the Motorcycle Mechanic Institute or your local community college, give yourself plenty of time for the paperwork to clear the review and approval process. Don't forget that a paperwork error or even a computer glitch might delay the process even further. The more time you give yourself between submitting the paperwork and your first class, the better.

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