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Mangler said he needs the extra benefits the new bill provides, however, because it pays 100 percent of his tuition.
"The way the original bill worked, we only had a flat rate of $40,000, which doesn't cover four years of tuition at the UI," he said.
In addition, the new program includes a monthly living allowance and book stipend of $1,000 per year.
But with classes underway, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs telling school officials there will be a six- to eight-week delay, most students who signed up for the new bill don't know when to expect their money.
On Monday, the Veterans Affairs Web site showed 211,251 veteran applications for financial aid still pending. At this time last year, there were 43,522.
Veterans began applying for the new bill on May 1, but the schools couldn't send the requests to the veterans department until July 7.
Mangler, like roughly 60 other UI students, applied for financial aid for the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. But, to the veterans' dismay, only three have been processed.