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Can I Take One Class at a Local School and the Rest Online?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

I understand if I choose to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill and I go to school full time online, I will only receive half of my housing allowance associated with the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I also understand if I take just one class at a actual brick-and-mortar school, and take the rest of my classes online, then I would receive all of my housing allowance. My question is does the one brick-and-mortar school class have to be at the same school I’m going to online or could I just take a class at my local community college while taking the rest of my classes online at and still be able to receive all of my housing allowance?

No your one class per term in a traditional classroom setting can be at any school including your local community college. It has to be that way as many online schools do not have brick-and-mortar campuses and the VA needs the zip code of the school to calculate your housing allowance. The real key to making this work for you is your one class per term at your local college has to apply to your online degree plan, so it can’t be just any class.

The best way to do this is have your online school be your “parent” school and your local college your “secondary” school. In conjunction with your parent school, find a class at your secondary school that will fit into your degree plan. Your parent school sends a letter to your secondary school telling them which class you will take. Once you are done with that class, then your secondary school sends a transcript to your parent school and the class is posted to your degree plan.

That way you are keeping all your credits at your parent school and need not worry about transferring them. The other advantage of doing it this way is all your credits you are taking each quarter are showing up at your parent school for Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance purposes.

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