How long does it take to process my application and receive benefits?
It depends on a number of factors, but please remember that the DVA pays "in arrears" meaning that they pay AFTER each month of schooling is complete - not before - so even the fastest possible processing will still mean you will not see any payments until at least a month after the term starts.

Processing benefits is a two-part process. First, Veteran Services here at SWC has to verify that all of the classes you declared actually are part of your degree/program requirements and submit that certification to the DVA. This may take up to a couple of months, especially during peak enrollment periods or when you have not submitted your SEP to us. Once we have submitted our certification, the DVA can take from 6-8 weeks to generate your initial payment. This means it is important that you save up enough to meet your obligations for up to three months if you do not plan to work while attending school.

You can get a rough idea of how long the Veteran Services processing is taking by reviewing the daily current benefit processing status report on this website and comparing it to your own declaration date.