Deferment of Payments
The MTSU Veterans Affairs Office works to expedite the benefit processing time, however, you should be prepared for payment delays. You should allow the VA Regional Office six to eight weeks to process any change in your claim. This processing time may vary according to the particular term you're attending. Also be aware that the amount of VA funding that you receive may not cover all tuition and related fees for the courses in which you enroll.
How to Prevent Overpayments and Penalties
An overpayment is an incorrect benefit payment that is more than the amount to which you are entitled. If you promptly notify the MTSU Veterans Affairs Office of changes affecting your benefits, you can prevent or reduce overpayments.
In addition, you should use reasonable judgment when you accept and cash a check. Carefully read all letters from the VA about the monthly rate and effective dates of your benefits. If you think a VA check is incorrect, contact the VA Regional Office at 1-888-442-4551 before cashing the check. Return any checks for too much money to VA Regional Office.
If you cash a check for the incorrect amount, you will be liable for repayment of any resulting overpayment.