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Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center

777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720



Military connected Bristol students receiving Chapter 1606 or Chapter 33 Post 9/11 benefits must verify their enrollment every month. Spouses and children of veterans using Chapter 33 Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) are included in this requirement. This is the individual student’s responsibility. Failure to do so can result in late or missing Military Housing Allowance (MHA) or stipends.

Chapter 31 VR&E and Chapter 35 students are not required to verify attendance at this time. This may change in the future.

Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Students:

If you are a veteran, spouse or child of a veteran you are required to verify your enrollment at the end of each month to receive your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments. We want to help you meet this new requirement so you can continue your education without any interruption in benefits.

By verifying that you are still enrolled in the same courses or training every month, you help avoid overpayments caused by changes to your training schedule and safeguard your GI Bill entitlement by preventing entitlement charges for training you did not attend.

How to Verify Your Enrollment: We encourage students to opt into text messaging, which is a simple, quick option for verifying monthly enrollment and ensuring you receive your MHA/kicker payments uninterrupted. All impacted students with a US mobile phone number on file should receive an opt-in text message after being enrolled in your courses. You must respond to that text within 14 days. After opting in, you can simply reply to a VA text message each month to verify your enrollment. If you opt out of text message verification or do not respond to the opt-in text, you will be automatically enrolled in email verification with the email address on file with VA. For more information, contact your School Certifying Official or refer to the enrollment verification webpage where many helpful resources are highlighted, including Frequently Asked Questions.

Post-9/11 GI Bill® Students Enrollment Verification Guide

If you are in the Massachusetts National Guard, you can follow the link below to verify your attendance each month. There are instructions for “First Time Users” to assist you. This is your responsibility each month you are enrolled in classes.

For specific questions reach out to the MA National Guard Education Services Office at