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Direct Deposit of Veterans Educational Benefits

After reviewing the VA’s educational programs, applying for benefits and following the steps to enroll at Chemeketa, sign up to receive your benefits via direct deposit.

Direct Deposit

Direct deposit is the safest and fastest way to receive your VA education payments.

How to Request Direct Deposit

  • SIGN UP FOR DIRECT DEPOSIT

    If you are signing up to receive a new VA award, you can get direct deposit by phone or mail.

    • Call 1.877.838.2778 (toll-free) or
    • Mail a completed VA Form 24-0296 to 

      Department of Veterans' Affairs
      125 S. Main St. Suite B
      Muskogee, OK 74401-7004

    • If eligible, enroll in or update your direct deposit information on eBenefits.
  • INFORMATION TO PROVIDE THE VA

    Whether you sign up by phone or by mail, you'll need to give the VA information about the checking or savings account you want your payments to go, including 

    • Whether you’re using a checking or savings account
      • If you’re using a checking account, all information the VA needs is on your personal checks. You can send the VA a "void" check when you sign up (void a check by writing "VOID" across the front of a blank check)
    • Yournine digit routing number
      • For checking accounts, the routing number is the first nine digits on the bottom of your personal checks
      • For savings accounts, you may need to ask your bank for your account’s routing number
    • Your account number
    • Your signature
    • Your home and work phone numbers
  • UPDATE YOUR DIRECT DEPOSIT INFORMATION

    If you have received your GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility from the VA and you are receiving Chapter 30/Chapter 1606 benefits only, you can use your W.A.V.E. account to submit or change your direct deposit information.

    • Log in to W.A.V.E.
    • Select "Direct Deposit Enrollment Form" from the main menu
    • Provide and submit the requested information
  • SIGN UP FOR ADVANCE PAY
    • Submit a Request for Advance Pay of Veteran Educational Benefits to Chemeketa's Veterans Services office
      • Please refer to the deadlines on this form
      • If the last day to apply is on a day when the Veterans Services office is closed, requests should be submitted on the last working day before the deadline
    • If approved, the VA will mail your check to Chemeketa for pick up
    • Veterans Services will email your Chemeketa email account when your check has arrived
    • Pick up your check at Chemeketa’s Business Office (Salem Bldg. 2, Rm. 200)
      • You will need to bring a government-issued picture ID and sign a release before your check will be released
      • Advance payment pays for the month the term begins and the following month. The remaining checks will be mailed to your home address
  • VA PAYMENT POLICIES

    The VA only pays benefits for schooling that has already been completed. Please review VA’s policies. By requesting and accepting advance pay 

    • You will receive benefit payments when you complete the second full month of the term
    • Your payment will be received early in the third full month of the term

    Summer Term

    • You’ll receive advance payments from the first day of the term through the end of July
    • Your August check will be electronically deposited or mailed to your home address in September
    • Submit your summer term advance payment request before the end of the 4th week of the preceding spring term
    • Summer term has different credit hour requirements for payment 
      • Eight-week summer term classes
        • 8 credits = full-time
        • 6-7 credits = 3/4 time
        • 4-5 credits = 1/2 time
      • Ten-week summer term classes 
        • Normal credit requirements apply

    Fall Term

    • You’ll receive advance payments from the first day of the term through the end of October
    • Your November check will be electronically deposited or mailed to your home address in November
    • Submit your fall term advance payment request before the end of the 5th week of the preceding summer term

    Winter Term

    • You’ll receive advance payments from the first day of the term through the end of February
    • Your March check will be electronically deposited or mailed to your home address in April
    • Submit your fall term advance payment request before the end of the 4th week of the preceding fall term

    Spring Term

    • You’ll receive advance payments from the first day of the term through the end of January
    • Your April check will be electronically deposited or mailed to your home address in July. If spring term begins in March, May’s check will be mailed to you in June
    • Submit your fall term advance payment request before the end of the 4th week of the preceding winter term