By Terry Howell
2009-2010 In-State Tuition and Fee Rates Set - The VA has posted the final 2009-2010 Maximum In-State Tuition & Fees table. It has taken much longer than the VA would have hoped with Guam and Ohio finally reporting their 2009-2010 tuition and fee rates this week. This means veterans and school administrators nation-wide can finally get to work determining exactly how much the New Post-9/11 GI Bill will cover. View the latest Post-9/11 GI Bill Maximum In-State Tuition and Fees rates.
Delays in Payments - As of August 15, 2009 the VA was reporting a backlog of 211,251 GI Bill claims. That represents a an up tick of more than 10 percent from the previous week and a 480 percent increase over same time last year. According to many reports, including an article posted by WBAL-TV, this will likely result in a 10 week (or more) delay in payments for many veterans whose claims are currently pending. The VA has hired an additional 760 people to help address the overwhelming response to the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Payment Errors - Several school officials are reporting that they have received payments based on the VA's 2008-2009 maximum in-state tuition & fees table, resulting in underpayments for many schools. This error doesn't directly affect the payments made to veterans, but it could potentially affect the amount of money a veteran may be required to pay the school if it is not resolved.