Publication Date: May 19, 2008
Author: Jeff Baker, Director Policy Liaison and Implementation, Federal Student Aid
Summary: Student Access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Payment Data Information
Posted on 05-19-2008
The following information, obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), describes an easy way for a student who is receiving certain veterans education benefits to confirm the amount of those benefits for financial aid and other purposes.
Students who receive Montgomery GI Bill- Active Duty (Chapter 30), Montgomery GI Bill- Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) and Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP or Chapter 1607) may access their VA payment information using VA's GI Bill web site. Note that payment information is not displayed until after the VA processes the veteran's claim for these veterans education benefits.
Students who receive these veterans education benefits can access their payment information in VA's Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system at: https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave. The student logs in with their name, claim number (which is generally their Social Security number), and the same password that they use when they certify their monthly enrollment. While REAP recipients do not verify their monthly attendance they can still access their payment information. There are registration instructions on the login page for someone who has not previously accessed the system. After the student has logged in, they click the "Benefits Status Information" link. Under the section "Your School Attendance" the student will be able to see the dates of the enrollment period(s) and the monthly rate payable during the enrollment period(s). The students may print this information for financial aid and other purposes.