1. What is monthly enrollment verification?
Enrollment verification is a requirement for Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) students to verify every month that you are still enrolled in the same courses or training that your school certified to VA. It’s not about verifying that you are attending classes, but whether your certified enrollment has changed.
2. Who needs to verify their enrollment?
All Post-9/11 GI Bill students who receive Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments need to verify enrollment every month.
Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) and Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) students, Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship students, and VET TEC students are already required to verify their monthly attendance. Nothing about those processes is changing.
3. When do students need to start verifying their enrollment?
This requirement started in the 2021-2022 school year and is ongoing. Students will need to verify at the end of each month once their courses or training starts.
4. Why do students need to verify their enrollment?
Enrollment verification plays a critical role in safeguarding your GI Bill entitlement by preventing charges for classes or training you did not attend. Though this requirement is an additional step, enrollment verification is easy to do and will help you better manage and access your earned benefits. It may also prevent or reduce some debts by catching overpayments earlier in the term.
This requirement was part of the Isakson and Roe Act of 2020, which enhances and expands education benefits and programs for Veterans, transitioning Service members, and military families.
5. What happens if I don’t verify my enrollment?
If you fail to submit enrollment verification for more than two consecutive months, your MHA and/or kicker payments will be put on hold until you verify your enrollment. For example, if your term starts in February and you fail to verify your enrollment for February and March, your April payments will be placed on hold. To have your payments released, you will need to utilize online verification, Ask VA or call the Education Call Center at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) domestically or 001-918-781-5678 internationally to verify your enrollment.
6. Will this new requirement delay my payments?
No. Verifying your enrollment in a timely fashion will help ensure there are no delays to your scheduled payments.
7. What if I’m a part-time student?
Post-9/11 GI Bill students who are attending at a 50% rate of pursuit or less are not eligible for MHA payments and are not currently affected unless they receive kicker payments.
8. What if I’m on active duty?
Post-9/11 GI Bill students who are on active duty are not eligible for MHA payments and not currently affected.
9. How will I know if the enrollment information my school submitted is accurate?
You can find your enrollment information on your award letter from VA or ask your School Certifying Official.
10. What happens if I report a change to my enrollment?
If you indicate that your enrollment information has changed, VA will contact your school to receive your updated enrollment information. Please work with your School Certifying Official to ensure they have accurate information on your enrollment and can update VA of any changes. Quickly notifying VA of changes to your enrollment will help you avoid an overpayment, though it may not completely eliminate the possibility of a debt.
11. Does anything change about how my school will certify my enrollment?
Yes. Your school is now required to certify your enrollment again after the drop-add period has closed to ensure VA has the most accurate enrollment information and help eliminate overpayments.
12. How do I verify my enrollment?
Students have the option to verify enrollment via text message, email, or online verification. VA strongly recommends using text or email, but if your text message or email expires, you may verify your monthly enrollment through online verification or through Ask VA. If none of these options are available to you, call the Education Call Center (ECC) to verify enrollment. Please be advised that calling the ECC may result in long wait times.
Note: Please make sure you don’t have the same email address or phone number on file as another GI Bill student as this may cause issues with the enrollment verification process. To update your email address or phone number, you can utilize Ask VA.
13. How does the text option work?
A. If you need to verify enrollment and VA has a current U.S.-based (including Puerto Rico) mobile number on file for your GI Bill benefits, as your enrollment period approaches, you will receive a text informing you that you’ve been registered to receive texts for enrollment verification. Then, about 24 hours later, you’ll receive an opt-in text stating: “Post-9/11 GI Bill housing and kicker payments now require monthly enrollment verification. Would you like to submit yours via text? Please reply Yes or No.” Reply “Yes” to opt into text verification. This text link will expire 6 days from receipt. Texts will be sent from 44354.
B. If you choose to opt out, you will automatically be enrolled into email verification, if VA has a valid email address on file for you. You can update your mobile phone number and/or email address and opt into verification by text message at any time by utilizing Ask VA.
C. If you opt in, you will receive a text confirming that you’ve been opted in. At the end of each month, you’ll receive the following text: “GI Bill: Did you remain enrolled in your courses in MON YYYY as certified? Please reply Yes or No. If you have dropped any of your courses, you must reply No. Visit the following link to view your information: https://www.va.gov/education/verify-school-enrollment/.” Submit your response by replying to the text with “Yes” or “No”. You will then receive a text that confirms receipt of your response.
D. You may verify your enrollment at any time. After 3 days, you wil get a follow-up text message if you don't respond. After 6 days, the text message conversation will expire, your file will be marked as “unresponsive” and you may receive an inquiry from VA. You will no longer be able to use the text link to verify your enrollment for the month and would need to utilize the online verification option to verify.
E. Please be advised that it may take about a day to receive confirmation texts from VA. Additionally, you do not need to opt into text verification again for future terms unless you change your mobile phone number.
14. How does the email option work?
A. If you opt out of text messages, can’t verify by text, or do not have a U.S. mobile phone number, you will be automatically enrolled in email verification at the email address on file with VA.
B. After opting into email verification, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Confirmation: You’ve been enrolled into VA’s email verification!” You won’t need to opt in again for future terms unless your email address changes.
C. On the last day of each month, you will receive an email with the subject line, “Action Required: Verify Your Monthly Enrollment”. Select “Yes, my enrollment is the same” to verify your enrollment. If you don’t select a response within 7 days, you will receive a follow-up email. After 14 days the link in your email will expire and you would need to utilize the online verification option to verify your enrollment for the month.
D. If your enrollment status has changed, select “No, my enrollment has changed.” Please contact your School Certifying Official (SCO) to ensure your enrollment record with VA has been adjusted.
E. Note: To see what we have on file for your enrollment(s) as referenced, you can visit your VA Account online. You will see a link to your account under the "No my enrollment has changed" option in the monthly enrollment verification email.
15. How does the online verification option work?
A. If you can’t verify by text or email, your text or email verification link expires, or you prefer to verify on VA.gov, you can utilize online verification.
B. To use online verification, you will need to have a verified VA.gov account through ID.me or Login.gov.
C. Log on to VA.gov/education and then select "Manage your Veterans education benefits.
D. Once you are at that section on the page, select "Verify your enrollment."
E. If you are missing any enrollment verifications, you will see a box with a note stating, "We're missing one or more of your enrollment verifications."
a. Select the “Verify all enrollments” link or scroll down the page and find the month you are looking to verify for and select the “Verify all enrollments” link under that month.
b. The next screen will show the enrollment information that VA has on file for you and underneath it, you will select “Yes, this information is correct” to verify before selecting “Continue.”
c. On the next screen, you will have an opportunity to review your verifications, and if everything looks correct, select “Submit your verifications.”
d. Then, you will be taken back to the enrollment verification main page where you will see a note letting you know that you’re up to date with your monthly enrollment verifications.
F. If your enrollment status has changed, select “No, this information isn’t correct.”
a. On the next screen, you will have an opportunity to review your verifications, and you will see a note stating that “If you submit this verification, we’ll pause your monthly education payments.” You will need to work with your School Certifying Official (SCO) to ensure your enrollment record with VA has been adjusted. If everything looks correct, select “Submit your verifications.”
b. Then, you will be taken back to the enrollment verification main page where you will see a note letting you know that we’ve paused your monthly education payments until you update your enrollment information.
G. NOTE: If you are opted into text or email verification and verify on VA.gov prior to receiving the verification text or email at the end of the month, you will still receive a notification on the last day of the month.
16. How does the phone option work?
Verifying your enrollment with the Education Call Center (ECC) should be your last option if text, email, or online verification does not work. You can contact the Education Call Center (ECC) at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) and ask a representative to verify enrollment on your behalf. You can call at any time the following month.
NOTE: ECC wait times may be high due to the number of students verifying enrollment each month. Please note: if you opt into text message verification or email verification when you call into the ECC, you will not receive a confirmation text or email.
17. Is there an opt-in process for online verification?
No, as long as ou have a verified VA.gov account, you will be able to utilize online verification.
18. Are the text messages secure?
Enrollment verification via text message is safe and secure. VA will never ask for your personal information, such as social security number or bank account information, via text.
19. How do I verify my enrollment if I’m an international student?
Text verification is not available to students with international phone numbers. You can utilize online verification if you have a fully verified VA.gov account. If you were not automatically opted into email verification and would like to opt in, you can call the Education Call Center (ECC) at 001-918-781-5678. The ECC is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT.
20. Can I use text verification using WhatsApp or another VoIP phone number (i.e., Google Voice)?
No, text verification is only available to students with U.S.-based numbers aligned with a U.S.-carrier. If you have a Google Voice or WhatsApp number, you would not be able to use text verification. If you have VoIP or What’s App Number on file and were not automatically enrolled into email verification, you can call the Education Call Center (ECC) at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or 001-918-781-5678 for international students to opt into email verification.
21. What if I want to change how I verify my enrollment later?
You can opt out of text verification any time by replying STOP to a text message, but you’ll then need to verify your enrollment by email, phone or online. If you previously opted out of text verification and would like to opt in, call the Education Call Center.
22. If I’ve opted into text, can I verify using online verification or by phone one month?
Yes. You can use online verification as long as you have a verified VA.gov account and utilize the steps outlined in question 16 above. Although not recommended due to wait times, you can also contact the Education Call Center (ECC) at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) domestically or 001-918-781-5678 internationally to verify enrollment by phone.
23. If I miss the text or email verification timeframe, will I be able to go online and verify my enrollment?
Yes, as long as you hae a verified VA.gov account using ID.me or Login.gov, you will be able to verify your enrollment online.
24. Will verifying my enrollment cost me anything?
VA does not charge for verifying enrollment. However, your cell phone carrier may charge fees for text messages.
25. Can my school or someone else verify my enrollment for me?
No. You must verify your enrollment. No one else, or your school, can verify for you.
26. If I’ve already received my payment for this month, do I still need to verify my enrollment?
Yes, if you received an enrollment verification text or email, you will still need to respond. If you fail to submit enrollment verification for two consecutive months, your MHA and/or kicker payments will be put on hold until you verify your enrollment.
27. I verify via online enrollment, will I still get a reminder to verify text/email?
Yes. If you verify online before the reminder to verify occurs, you will still receive a reminder on the last day of the month via text or email, based on which method you are opted into.
28. Do I need to verify enrollment if I’m no longer enrolled?
You verify enrollment for the previous month, not the upcoming month. You will need to verify your enrollment for the last month even after the term ends. Otherwise, you will only verify enrollment when you’re actively enrolled.
29. I finished my program or graduated this month. How should I verify my enrollment at the end of the month?
If you were enrolled for any period of time during the month, even if you completed your program, you should respond "YES" because you did remain enrolled in your courses as certified.
30. How long will it take for my payment to arrive after I verify?
The monthly payment process is not impacted by when you verify your enrollment. Payments are scheduled to go out on the first of every month and can take up to five business days to arrive by electronic transfer. Payments will be impacted if you report your enrollment status has changed. If that happens, VA will attempt to determine what has changed, which may delay your payment. If your enrollment status changes, please follow up with your SCO to understand next steps for your payments.
31. What happens if I take a break from school?
You will not need to opt in again to text verification. Once you are enrolled for text verification, you will be in VA’s systems and automatically receive monthly verification texts during your next enrollment even if you take a break from school.
32. If I have questions, can I text them to the number that I receive enrollment verification texts from?
No, the phone number that messages you is part of an automated system. You will not be able to contact a VA representative by texting or calling the number that messages you. If you have any questions, you should contact your School Certifying Official or the Education Call Center. Helpful resources are also available on the website.
33. What happens if I started classes, but I didn’t receive an opt-in text until the following month?
If you started your classes but didn't receive an opt-in text message until the following month, you do not need to take any action for the previous month’s verification period, as we have automatically verified your enrollment for that period. For example, if you started classes on February 21 but didn’t receive an opt-in text until March 2, your February and March enrollment will automatically be verified. Note: In this scenario, you wouldn’t receive an enrollment verification text at the end of February or March.
If you don't receive an opt-in text message within two weeks of starting classes, read FAQ #35 "I never received an opt-in text or a monthly verification text."
34. I never received an opt-in text or a monthly verification text.
You can contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to opt into text verification or verify your monthly enrollment, or to ensure your phone number is correct in VA’s systems.
35. I accidentally opted out of text verification.
If you received a previous text message from VA about enrollment verification (opt-in or verification), you can reply “START” to the phone number that sent the previous text to opt into text verification. Within one business day, you will receive a text confirming that you’ve been re-enrolled.
Please note: if your mobile number has changed since receiving previous enrollment verification texts from VA, texting “START” to the phone number will not work. You may contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to opt back into text verification.
36. My contact information is incorrect, or VA doesn’t have my mobile phone number.
You can utilize Ask VA or contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) domestically or 001-918-781-5678 internationally to update your contact information.
37. I already provided my phone number/email address/other contact information to VA. Do you have my phone number for enrollment verification texts?
The GI Bill uses a different system from VA.gov, eBenefits, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and MyHealtheVet for administering enrollment verification texts. Please note that providing contact information to your school does not mean that GI Bill systems have your information. To update your contact information for GI Bill, you may call the Education Call Center at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
38. My enrollment information is incorrect. What happens if I respond “No” to the verification text?
If you provide a “No” response, VA will review your enrollment status and follow up with you and your School Certifying Official (SCO) if necessary. VA will adjust benefits when appropriate and notify you if changes are processed. We also recommend following up with your SCO to ensure your enrollment record with VA has been adjusted.
NOTE: Responding “No” still meets your verification requirement for that month.
39. My school submitted my enrollment information after I had already started the term.
You are still required to verify enrollment unless your term has already ended.
40. I verified my enrollment, but I didn’t receive my payment.
You can contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) domestically or 001-918-781-5678 internationally to request a status update for your payment.
41. I don’t recognize the phone number that I’m receiving texts from. How do I know it’s from VA?
VA uses a five-digit short code to send enrollment verification texts. The short code number is 44354. Short code senders are verified by all mobile carriers and using a short code allows us to send out texts in a more consistent manner and for you to receive confirmation texts faster. Please note that this phone number is only for verifying enrollment. You will not be able to contact a VA representative by texting or calling the number that messages you. If you have any questions, you should contact your School Certifying Official or the Education Call Center. Helpful resources are also available on the enrollment verification website.