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How to change direct deposit information for VA benefits

Follow our step-by-step instructions for changing your VA direct deposit information for VA disability compensation, pension, or education benefit payments. We’ll show you how to sign in and make changes online.

By April 20, 2024, you must have a single bank account for all VA benefit payments

Check your direct deposit information in your VA.gov profile. If you currently have more than one bank account listed for disability compensation, pension, and education benefit payments, you'll need to update your information. You must have the same account listed for all benefits.

We’re making this change to help protect you from fraud and to make sure we can pay you on time, every time, without error.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Sign in to VA.gov with your verified Login.gov or ID.me account.

    To change direct deposit information, you must verify your identity.

    If you don’t have a Login.gov or ID.me account, you can create one now.
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    If you haven’t yet verified your identity, you can do that now.
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    Sign in modal
    Sign in modal
  2. Go to your VA.gov profile. 

    Select your name from the navigation menu. Then select Profile.

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    Top of VA.gov homepage with Profile menu displayed.
    Top of VA.gov homepage with Profile menu displayed.
  3. Go to direct deposit information.

    Find the Direct deposit information section. Select Manage your direct deposit information

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    Direct Deposit section of profile
    Direct Deposit section of profile
  4. Edit your direct deposit information.

    Go to the section for the benefit type you want to update your information for. Then select Edit.

    Note: If you get both education and compensation payments, your bank account information must match for all benefits. As of April 20, 2024, we’ll send all payments you may receive for disability compensation, pension, and education benefits to one single bank account. We’re making this change to help protect you from fraud.

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    Direct deposit section of VA.gov profile with information about compensation and education direct deposit benefits.
    Direct deposit section of VA.gov profile with information about compensation and education direct deposit benefits.
  5. Enter and save your changes.

    Enter your updated information. Then select Save to save your changes.

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    Direct deposit information section to update and change account information for disability compensation and pension benefits
    Direct deposit information section to update and change account information for disability compensation and pension benefits

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VA benefits

  • Disability

    File a claim for disability compensation for conditions related to your military service, and manage your benefits over time.

  • Pension

    Apply for monthly payments for wartime Veterans and survivors with limited or no income who meet certain age and disability requirements.

  • Education and training

    Apply for and manage your GI Bill and other education benefits to help pay for college and training programs.

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