Absolutely should not have to file paperwork to receive forgiveness. Too much time and effort is usually required in many institutions of higher education for filling of materials for financial aid for veterans. I believe this may be the reason so many (1) do not apply even though they are eligible and (2) when they do apply it seems like just another hoop they must jump through to receive what they rightly deserve. Now add another layer, no wonder you have less than the expected number applying for this benefit.
Please make this an automatic payment for disabled veterans. The colleges and universities will have to configure a creative way to track the enrollment of this students. Let’s not penalize the recipients because the schools have a reporting requirement.