#1 Unofficial Guide – Win Your VA Chapter 31 Voc Rehab Claim

The process of winning Voc Rehab claims can be wrought with landmines and bureaucratic roadblocks. I wrote the Voc Rehab Survival Guide, explained below, to help veterans navigate those problems before getting denied benefits and even if benefits are denied. The guide walks you through a step by step process to analyze your claim or appeal. Updated December 5, 2017.

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Vocational Rehabilitation

Cliff Notes from the Voc Rehab Survival Guide

 Here’s what they should be telling you:

If you’re one of the thousands of disabled veterans reading this, you’re likely looking for help through this crazy Voc Rehab process designed to serve our nation’s disabled veterans. This process, formally called Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), has the least amount of published information of all Department of Veterans Affairs programs on the web, from what I can tell. Read on and you’ll get your square deal from Voc Rehab for your training.

Here’s what this article covers:

  1. What do I do before my first meeting?
  2. What will Voc Rehab pay for?
  3. How much will it pay?
  4. Where can I go to college?
  5. What degrees can I get?
  6. GI Bill versus Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation

For each of these topics, there are “asides” that need some explaining. The links below take you to more detailed information about your benefits claim development.

First VA Vocational Rehabilitation Meeting

First: Before that initial meeting, you (the disabled veteran) will need to prepare a basic case supporting what you want to do. Do not go in there with no idea of what you would like to do. It’s probably really annoying to the counselors, but more importantly, it makes you appear directionless. Take the time to sort out what you might want to do for the rest of your life, or at least the next few years. Click here for the Voc Rehab Survival Guide.

What Voc Rehab Will Pay For

Second: VA Vocational Rehabilitation will pay for anything from vocational training to medical school. If you can “prove” there will be a job waiting for you when your program is over, and the program is from an “accredited” program (i.e., a university or similar), your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) will likely approve it. Proof here means something like “more likely than not” versus absolute proof like a video recording of Timmy stealing a candy bar.

Now, you also need to prove to your VRC that you can successfully complete the training. Just walking into the office and declaring you want to be a doctor will not suffice. You will need satisfactory marks on your standardized tests, like SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, etc. These tests will show the counselor you mean business.

RELATED: Biggest Lies Voc Rehab Tells Veterans

There are other ways too, such as doing well at a community college before transferring to a university. Other issues may also play a factor, such as PTSD and anxiety type disorders. Depending on the degree to which you are impacted by these conditions, your VRC may determine your “Limitations” are too great for a particular area of study. For information on how to get around denials given to many disabled veterans, click here.

RELATED: Self-Employment Approval Just Got A Little Easier

How Much Voc Rehab Will Pay

Third: VA Vocational Rehabilitation will pay for many things ranging from startup costs to a law degree. The magic limit is $25,000 per year. If your rehabilitation plan is more than this, it will require additional approvals. As you can guess, getting additional approvals is very difficult to accomplish. Your “call-to-action” better be spot on. Otherwise, you may get denied and piss off your counselor, should you re-apply.

Where You Can Go To College On Voc Rehab

Fourth: You can attend college anywhere, so long as you can support it with documentation. Things get sticky when disabled veterans want to get a four-year degree or graduate level training paid for. The counselor will balk at the idea of sending any disabled veteran to a private college or university. Voc Rehab is required to provide a training environment that is appropriate for training and the least financial impact to taxpayers. This means they are required – so they say – to send you to a public university when a program of study is offered that satisfies the goal of the veteran.

RELATED: Top 5 TDIU Misconceptions

For example, in Chicago, there is the University of Chicago (referred to as just “Chicago” in academic circles) and the University of Illinois – Chicago (called UIC). Chicago is a MUCH better institution than UIC on all levels, especially in areas like Economics and Public Policy. In fact, Chicago is rated 8th nationally, and UIC is Tier 3 (not even in the top 150) – no comparison. Let’s say disabled veteran Bob gets into both for an undergraduate degree. Bob wants to study Economics. Well, both UIC and Chicago have Economics programs. Guess where Bob has to attend? UIC. Now, there’s a little insider secret, or “work around” for the politically correct reader, that is outside of the scope of this discussion. Click here to get around this issue and attend Chicago (or Northwestern, or Stanford, or Harvard), if you want.

Types Of Voc Rehab Training

Fifth: you can get college degrees in anything that would lead to a job somewhere. The obvious choice would be getting a degree in Business, Information Technology, Engineering, Accounting or something similar. These degrees give you specific job function type skill sets that most companies need. Degrees that do not have specific applicability are English, History, Economics, Art or similar. These degree paths give you general skills such as critical thinking, writing, and problem-solving. The disabled veteran may find the subjects interesting, but she will not know the difference between credit and debit or how to create a Pivot Chart in Excel. An easy solution would be to get a Business major with a minor in History or whatever one chooses. Here is a breakdown of earnings by degree type.

GI Bill vs Voc Rehab

Sixth: should you use the Post 9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 31 Voc Rehab? Great question. I wrote a little blog post for Military.com on the subject. Voc Rehab recipients have been screwed by recent legislation. In it, Senator Akaka and company have decided to discriminate between newly disabled veterans and disabled veterans who exited the military before 9/11. The newly disabled veterans can receive up to $2,800 per month in stipend funds while older disabled veterans in that same region can only receive $570. For disabled veterans with the option to choose, if you attend private school, it’s still probably better to take Voc Rehab. If you are attending a public school, the new GI Bill is the best bet, or at least it used to be.

After 2013, Voc Rehab started letting veterans opt for the higher Post 9/11 GI Bill amount while using Voc Rehab. It is a great option and allows veterans a chance to use benefits longer than 36 months while simultaneously getting higher subsistence payments.

RELATED: Voc Rehab Counselors Pushing Veterans Out Of Program Early

Feel free to post questions about these six issues or others below.

About the author: Ben is a disabled veteran from the Bosnia War era and served with the U. S. Air Force Special Operations Command in England. He has used Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation twice. The first time, he attended Northwestern University, a premier private university in Illinois. He later received his law degree from the University of Minnesota, where he graduated magna cum laude. Voc Rehab then paid for Ben’s law firm that focuses on helping veterans sue the Department of Veterans Affairs. Here’s a link to his story.

Email questions to: [email protected].

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Jason
Jason

There’s no working link in the last sentence of the second paragaph under the “fourth” set of discussion points. “Click here to get around this issue and attend Chicago (or Northwestern, or Stanford, or Harvard), if you want.”

Would be interesting to read that article.

Thanks for the help.

Ben Krause
Ben Krause

I’ll get that sorted out.

stephen
stephen

Question:
I still have 16 months of post 911 gi bill time left before it’s all used up. Let’s say I switch over to chapter 31. Do I still get the ch33 bah rate or do I get the ch31 bah rate (for example, I go to school in san francisco and the bah is over $3k/month, however ch31 bah is under $1k…that wouldn’t be smart if they forced me to choose the ch31 bah)? Even further, if I WOULD get the ch33 bah while on ch31, as soon as those 16 months run out (the time left on ch33) would they make me then receive the ch31 bah rate or would i continue getting the ch33 bah for the duration of my time on ch31 even though it surpasses the 16 months I had left for ch33?
Finally, you referred to the “magic limit” of $25k… would not the bah alone (+$3/month) surpass this amount, much less the cost of tuition & fees?
Thanks in advance

Linda Revuelta
Linda Revuelta

Hi,
I am the spouse of a 100% disabled veteran who has been unemployed for 6months and interested in a “new career.” My spouse was awarded his disability in 2001. Is he still eligible for any type of help with vocational schools through Voc Rehab?

Lester Mcneil
Lester Mcneil

my va voc rehab counselor refuses to extend me in this dumb assestment class she had me in, which was to be able to allow her to see if i could handle the work force, but i dont really want that. what i want from voc-rehab is to be able to go to school, or to get to help me start my own business. i recently been trying to talk to someone over her head because she is not helping me. i can hardly get her on the phone and when i do she forgets to take care of anything i ask her. i suffer from ptsd,panic attacks, clinical depression, i only have partial use of my right arm, because i was shot mulitible times, including two gunshots to my lowerback, resulting severe backpain, please help me to get on with my life. i would greatly apreciate any info u can share that u think may help, sincerely yours Lester mcneil.

Ben Krause
Ben Krause

VA Voc Rehab counselors have the final say as to what your direction will be within the program. I would follow whatever she tells you to do and cooperate. Any Voc Rehab assessment will require you to complete it. And they are not stupid. Keep in mind, VA Voc Rehab Counselors have been training for many years on how to best handle disabled veterans. It’s always better to comply and be patient with the process.

Jasper H. Garrett, Jr.
Jasper H. Garrett, Jr.

Dear Sirs: I have a question that needs an answer pronto. My Voc Rehab counselor tells me that I need a six-month certificate of sobriety. I asks if this is policy? If so, where can I find this policy? as I want to read it for myself? I’ve checked 38 CFR and have been unable tofind anything.

Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Jasper

wade
wade

MR Mcneil,

I am a veteran just as you are. I have been layed off for five months and I am interested in attaining educational benefits. I notice one thing right from the start about you. Look at how you type. Just look at how you communicate. I really do not know how you expect anyone to take you serious when you can not even take the time to actually complete a sentence or bother to spell words. I am not trying to be rude or make you mad. I was a non-comissioned officer in the US Army, presentation is everything sometimes. From reading your questions and statements you come across as not being ready to attend an institution of higher education. You seem as though you can not even apply the basics of what you should have learned by the time you graduated Highschool. Your counselor sees this and can also tell, that you question their intelligence. Losing your temper, and being combative is going to keep you out of the game. Calm down, slow down, act like you have sense and get things done.

Mitchell Loftis
Mitchell Loftis

That was wrong talking to a felow get like that not everyo,e is smart or can be an officer but he served his country and I’m sure problay more than yourself just because he doesn’t use proper grammar gives you no right to talk down to him as you did and I’m sure you was hated as an officer I can tell form this post your one of the officers that we would push infornt of us and not jump in front of you cause your one of them who thinks your better than everyone else

Mitchell Loftis
Mitchell Loftis

See you had me so pissed you made me miss spell some words guess that makes you better than me also

LaMar
LaMar

I was a Warrant Officer in the United States Army, and you sir have no respect and the way you talk to people is completely disrespectful. By the way you say you where a Non Commissioned Officer is not saying much, and nobody cares just like they don’t care I was a Warrant officer. He had questions looking for assistance not to be put down by someone who could have been a lazy buck SGT who couldn’t get promoted. You don’t like how I’m speaking to you, consider that when you speak to others in a positon of need. And not saying its not a accomplishment for those good Non Commissioned Officers who are the ones who deserve the title of Non Commissioned Officers, you are what we would just call Buck SGT…meaning knowledge less, good for nothing , and a waste of space…not a good image or representation of the backbone of the ARMY.

Dillon
Dillon

Then my all means LaMar Please feel free do what this person as done and do something constructive as this Veteran did.
Im more than sure you were a non-commissioned officer your attitude and or as will call it criticism shows it.
Please feel free to be productive and not destructive.Lead by example LaMar and you send the time and rewrite this and complete all the sentences to it will fulfill your Superior intellect.
I look forward hearing from you and your research and most of all your non commission wisdom on this subject.
And sorry for my lack of journalistic skills as well. I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.

Tony
Tony

If you have your GI Bill, VA will not pay for your school unless you exhausted your GI Bill. Basically from my understanding from the counslor, you can only use Voc-Rehab the same amount of months you have left on your GI Bill. Example, if you used 6 months of it already, VA will only fund an extra 30 months for a total of 36 months. Only way VA will pay for everything is, if you don’t have a GI Bill because you transferred it to your kids, only then will VA be obligated to pay for your schooling. If you still have your GI Bill, good luck having VA fund your education for you without ever utilizing your GI Bill.

Ben Krause
Ben Krause

Hi Tony,

It is completely inaccurate to assert you cannot use Voc Rehab if you have the GI Bill. You are not allowed to use them both at the same time, though, you can be in Voc Rehab and receive the stipend amount from the GI Bill. You are unable to get both stipends at the same time.

But, if you have a 20% disability rating with an employment handicap, you are entitled to Voc Rehab regardless of your GI Bill availability. Plus, Voc Rehab is a standard 48 month entitlement, not 36 months like the GI Bill. Voc Rehab can also be extended. I am approved to use Voc Rehab for a total of 80 or so months – just shy of 7 years. Many VA Voc Rehab counselors push disabled veterans to use the GI Bill for a variety of reasons, but it is not required.

Ed Curran
Ed Curran

I have a 10% disability but no employment handicap. I am seeking to switch to using Voc. Rehab to finish my 4 year degree in Public Policy and Administration at James Madison University. I have 14 months left on my GI Bill but this is not enough time to finish. Am I eligible to apply for the benefit? I am required to take an internship which I plan on completing in the summer of 2017 but this is likely to be without pay. I currently have a 3.475 GPA from JMU and a 4.0 GPA from my community college I attended previously.

David
David

I was approved (very quickly) for CHP 31 Voc Rehab today but I am having trouble seeing the benefits over the GI Bill so far. Ben, how would you go about receiving the GI Bill stipend under CHP 31? This was certainly not something my counselor mentioned. The program seems very limited but I believe it has alot to do with this area and an apparent mass exodus of VA employees in that office.

Ben Krause
Ben Krause

You can elect to use Chapter 30 GI Bill. The Congress is trying to get the CFR to reflect the new Chapter 33 GI Bill. It will likely look like 38 CFR Part 21.264. Here is what the reg says about the old GI Bill. The new reg when it’s done being drafted will likely look similar. Go to the site for the full regulation: http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=8df0c0c27a34a570cb9506eb7c14a553&rgn=div8&view=text&node=38:2.0.1.1.6.1.205.96&idno=38

§ 21.264 Election of payment at the 38 U.S.C. chapter 30 educational assistance rate.

(a) Eligibility. A veteran who applies for, and is found entitled to training or education under Chapter 31, may elect to receive payment at the educational allowance rate and other assistance furnished under Chapter 30, for similar training in lieu of a subsistence allowance, provided the following criteria are met:

(1) The veteran has remaining eligibility for, and entitlement to educational assistance under Chapter 30;

(2) The veteran enrolls in a program of education or training approved for benefits under Chapter 30;

(3) The program of education is part of an IWRP (Individualized Written Rehabilitation Plan) approved by VA.

Robert
Robert

How should I prepare for my first meeting with my Voc Rehab counselor?

Elton
Elton

Please let me know if I understand this correctly…. I’ve contacted the VA about my eligibility for the GI Bill and they looked me up on their system and told me that I have 1 year left to go, which surprised me because I graduated with my B.S. back in 2001…

They told me that I can convert it to the Post-9/11 because I had returned to service after college and would receive the added benefit of $1540 per month for housing, based on my school’s zip code where I would like to attend.

And as I understand it, while I wish to go to a flight school listed on the VA website, but I can’t go there until Oct.1,2011 under the Post 9/11 GI Bill’s changes.

To add to that, I am at 50% disability with the VA, and have verified on the phone that I should be able to attend school under the Voc Rehab program too, but the lady that answered the phone told me that she had no idea how much that program’s living allowance would be when she told me that I have to go to their website and make a choice between the Post 9/11 GI Bill of Voc Rehab that is irreversible.

But what I’ve read here, starting on Oct.1,2011, the amounts for both programs will be the same, right? So there would be an advantage for people going to a traditional 4-year college to go under the Voc Rehab if they are at or above 20% because there wouldn’t be a “break” in housing, or am I reading too much into that for them?

My main concern is that I have been homeless for the past two years, even though I am working full time. (Which is to say I don’t get payed well and my stuff is in storage while I drive a truck all over the country and live in the 18 wheeler…)

Thus, the amount of money I would receive for housing or what ever you want to call it would be extremely important to me as I’m trying to figure out what to do so I can get a place to live and focus on starting a new life and be able to actually get some help from the VA with my medical problems…

ANY ADVISE WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

I'm not tellin'
I'm not tellin'

“The disabled veteran may find…subjects [other than business] interesting, but she will not know the difference between a credit and debit or how to create a Pivot Chart in Excel.”
This must have been written by a business or accounting major – did you know that some people don’t give a rat’s ass about MS Excel, balance sheets, or P+L statements? FYI – A business degree does not guarantee a job – my undergrad program was finance (from a top 10 business school) and I could not find a job (back in 2001, when the tech bubble killed the job market) so I joined the Army. My advice: find out what you really enjoy, then find a way to get paid to do it – whether it is musical composition, sculpture, or biochemical engineering. Voc Rehab will pay for it as long as you qualify, have good test scores (I.Q., GRE, GMAT, etc.), and the disability doesn’t interfere with the job that you are training for. I am now out of the Army and the VA (Voc. Rehab) is paying for my MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Art) after paying for about 60 or 70 undergraduate studio art credits (that were prerequisites for my current program) PLUS subsistence and my VA pension.
If you can dream it, you can do it!!

Robert Blanford
Robert Blanford

I wanted to find out about stipend for outline courses. I am currently attending the Nursing program through Excelsior College, via voc rehab, chp 31. The nursing courses are basically exams.

Brett
Brett

I’ve used up all of my GI Bill. How will this impact my eligibility for Voc Rehab?

I was previously approved for Voc Rehab but couldn’t get approved for the program I wanted to take because they asked for information that just wasn’t available to me. I completed my useless degree in Film Production and am now working in medical administration (joy!).

We are looking to grow our family and I need to improve my earning potential and find a job that is going to stimulate me and inspire me to come to work every day. I think a degree in a science field will be the thing, but there is no overlap with my current degree so I will essentially have to go back to school for 4 years or more.

Patrick Putze
Patrick Putze

This is directed at: “I’m not tellin'”

Hi. Is there any way I can get in touch with you? I just got accepted into the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have only 3 mos of 48 mos left for GI Bill and the school accepts VR&E as well. I just want to pick your brain and get some pointers please contact me at: [email protected]

Hope to hear from you soon!
Thanks!

Katie
Katie

I just moved to the state of Washington and am trying to figure out a way to get funds for a flight school (helicopter to be specific). I have 13 months left of entitlement on my post 9/11 GI and also have 20% disability. I am finding it difficult to get any flight program paid for if anyone knows anything on the subject, including getting Voc Rehab to pay for it, please let me know.

Nate S. Ramirez
Nate S. Ramirez

Ben,
Thank you for making the effort to maintain this website and help your fellow veterans use their Vocational Rehab benefits.

Right now, I am in the process of finishing up my AA in Human Services, with the intent of transfering to a University to finish my BA. However, I want to finish my BA, an MA and Phd in Sociology using the Voc Rehab program.

My question is, in the past I seem to remember being told by a Voc Rehab counselor about having at least 6 months left of benefits left to be able to use Voc Rehab. Is that still true?

This was in 2005, I realize things are always changing. Thank you for any guidance you can provide.

Tom Gandofini
Tom Gandofini

You can get a degree for History, English, Math etc. easily approved if you pitch it right. I am an eight year Navy veteran who was hit by a crane ball and am now paralized from the waist down. I was approved for a degree in history with no problems at all beacuse there is a very good market for history majors as “teachers”. You do have to pitch it to them that way. I start college this month!

rose kelty
rose kelty

Why isn’t Voc Rehab benefits transferable? My daughter could use the money towards college . My ex and I never married but he did nothing with his benefits. I met him a few years after he left the military and our daughter was born much later. Just doesn’t seem fair that the children can’t use an otherwise substancial benefit that he is doing nothing with

Nick Savage
Nick Savage

Maybe because your daughter wasn’t in the military and did not get a disability, the Voc Rehab is for Veterans to better themselves. I do not even understand the login of your quesiton.

If you wanted Educational benefits for your child then going into the military in a state that has those benefits would of helped.
Such as hazlewood in Texas.

Miik Bram
Miik Bram

I guess if you know someone that knew someone that was in the military you can use their benefits for your kids haha. I don’t get the question either but it bothers me when everyone sucks out of the VA and when people that really need the help come along and the process is a nightmare.

Stan
Stan

A little something veterans should know if you are rated for PTSD.. Voc Rehab will “NOT” pay for certain schools.. Ie: Gunsmithing, Commercial Pilot or anything they deam dangerous? But you can go buy a weapon? As long as you dont have a felony or domestic violence??
So im now forced to go to the 9/11 GiBill(Which is run by the VA also??) and the 9/11 will pay for the school??? Point is, I wanted the VocRehab because they’ll cover cost of tools and such.. Now I have to pay out of pocket..

Thanks for serving, Thanks for getting blown up a few times.. Sorry you have TBI and PTSD.. But your a nut job!!!

MATTHEW TAYLOR
MATTHEW TAYLOR

i HAVE RECENTLY GRADUATED FROM THE AMERICAN GUNSMITHING INSTITUTES ENHANCED MASTER GUNSMITH PROGRAM. WHILE IT TOOK A FEW MONTHS TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN(SELF EMPLOYMENT TRACK) I WAS ACCEPTED. i AM RATED 100%, NOT IU, AND SCHOOL TOOK ME A YEAR AND A HALF. I AM NOW DEALING WITH TRYING TO SEE HOW TO GET ALL THE OTHER THINGS I REQUESTED, TOOLWISE, ABOUT $70,000 WORTH. MY VOC REHAB COUNSELOR IS A NIGHTMARE, BUT AS LONG AS YOU WORK WITH THEM THEY WILL WORK WITH YOU. I AM RATED 70% FOR PTSD ALONE, AND STILL GOT ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM. I HAVE NEVER INTENDED TO HURT, INJURE, OR KILL ANYONE. I JUST WANT TO WORK FOR MYSELF.
CALL ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
484-356-5189

Steven
Steven

I have been battling with Sabrina Harris for the last 5 months. This VRC refuses to follow VRE Chp 31 regulations and is trying everything she can to disqualify me from my entitlements. Does anyone know a good attorney that handles Chp 31?

Vahram Terzikyan
Vahram Terzikyan

Best way to go is calling your senator. Tell her that you will do that. The threat usually is sufficient to change their mind

Jacob
Jacob

I am going for my first appointment with Voc Rehab in about a week.

I have 70 percent disabilty for PTSD right now, I was wanting to know if I complete School but am unable to hold down a job will my rating go down?

I know I could most likily do very well in school since I could just keep to myself, I am just unsure if I could be able to interact with my co-workers without flipping out of them. I speak my mind about what I think about people without thinking if I should say it or not. Thats why I dont have many friends at all, besides a few other veterans that are not totally stupid.

Heath
Heath

Good day Ben,
My ETS was back in June 2001 from the Army. I am 60% disabled and have used Voc Rehab back in 2006 to get finish up an AA degree in design I started before I began my time in service. I’d like to go back and finish up a Bachelors degree in Design (basically finishing up the degree I started). I have had a heck of a time getting anyone to talk to, but the one person who called me back said I would have to prove that I physically can not to the job they already trained me for to even be considered back in at all. I still have time left to enroll in Voc Rehab as far as the time frame is concerned, but my injuries haven’t worsened thankfully. I really want this. Am I wasting my time even trying to get back in. Please lend me some wisdom. Thanks.

Ashleigh Wall
Ashleigh Wall

Hello Mr. Krause,

I am currently using Voc Rehab to get my BSW. I have a plan to get my Masters in Social Work. I am wanting to know if Voc Rehab will pay for relocation expenses. I will not be attending the same University due to the problems within the Masters program and would like to get my Masters from a good school. My counselor knows that I am planning on going out of state. I am just wanting to know if they will help offset the cost of moving,

Thanks!

CJ
CJ

Some VRC’s will. It will be up to your new VRC. It is normally only mileage reimbursement. You have to relocate first and then they old office will send your file to the new one. You have to move to new location first!!!

Adrian
Adrian

I was just sent an e-mail from the VA regional office employment department stating I would be responsible for repaying $56K if I did not respond to their e-mail.. They have been sending me e-mails for jobs 6 hours away from me, jobs in a totally different area that I am not qualified for and my husband is still on active duty, which means I would be leaving my husband and two young girls to take the jobs. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and Depression from the VA and am not able to work anyway right now. On top of all of this my husband has orders out of country where we will relocate for 3 years in June. Can the VA make me repay the loans because I have not found work since completing the program?

Marco
Marco

My school holds on to my financial aid reward until the VA pays them. This is just their policy for third party payment plans. Every semester I am needing to wait a very long time; almost till the end of each semester to collect my reward. The stipend helps a little but the financial aid money is what really helps. Especially since we do not get in between pay now. Why does it take them so long to process my paperwork and pay my school? Who could I contact to try and expedite the process besides my counselor. I know my schools policy is rare. Are they assuming that we can all get our financial aid before the school gets paid? My paperwork supposedly got submitted some time in January and it is now April. Any advice for me would be great. It is hard to concentrate on school with financial issues to deal with.