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Do I Continue To Get My Housing Allowance If I’m in Summer School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am currently taking a class that is a year-long and it extends over the summer. The payment for the class was made on a previous semester. Since I am taking a class over the summer, do I still get my housing allowance during the summer, or do I have to wait for the fall? Any information would be helpful, having that money dropped over the summer will changes plans for the fall, thank-you for your time.

A: To qualify for a Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance in general, a couple of things have to happen. One, your rate of pursuit has to be greater than half-time. Two, if you are taking your classes online, you have to attend at least one on-campus class. If you are doing both of these things, your housing allowance should continue.

Also, there is the topic of break pay. You didn’t say if you had a break between the Spring and Summer semester or the Summer and Fall semester, however I suspect you do. If you do, typically, if the break is shorter than the term before or after it, or the break is less than 56 days, your housing allowance should continue, which in your case, that sounds like the case. Based on these VA “rules”, your housing allowance should keep coming.

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