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Do I Get Only 80% of the Housing Allowance, If I’m at the 80% Tier Rate?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am only eligible for 80% under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, does this mean that I will only receive 80% of the SGT’s BAH?

A: If you are at the 80% tier level, then yes, that means you will get 80% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance, in addition to getting paid 80% of the book stipend. The VA will pay 80% of your tuition and fees, up to the maximum in-state public school rate for the state where your school is located. You will have to pay the remaining 20% of your tuition and fees.

To figure out how much Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance you would receive, use the BAH calculator and enter the zip code of your school in the Duty Zip Code field and select E-5 from the Pay Grade drop-down box. What you would get would be 80% of the E-5 with dependents rate. As far as the book stipend, you would get 80% of $41.67 per credit hour which figures out to  $33.34 per credit hour up to a yearly maximum of $1,000.

Keep in mind you won’t get a housing allowance if you are taking only online classes or your rate of pursuit is considered less than half-time ( which normally means taking less than 6 credit hours per term).

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