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Do You Know Why I Have Not Recieved My Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello, I have been out of the military since Nov. 2010 and have not yet received my BAH for going to school. I just need to know if you received everything that the VA needed. Thank you.

A: First, just so you know, we are not affiliated with the VA, so I can’t tell you if they received everything they need or not, but I can tell you the steps you should have taken. Did you send in your Post 9/11 GI Bill application? To do this, you should have went to the VONAPP (or now eBenefits) website and submitted VA Form 22-1990. Once your application was approved, which can take 8 to 10 weeks, the VA would have sent you a Certificate of Eligibility. You would have needed that certificate when you registered for school as a GI Bill student.

If all that is in place, then there could be two other reasons why you are not getting your housing allowance: either you are taking all online classes or you are not taking enough credits.

Online-only students right now are not authorized the housing allowance. Of course, the way around that is to take one class per term on campus at a school near you. The trick is to ensure the class(es) you  take apply to your degree plan. That will change in August, however, as online only students will then be authorized up to $673.50 per month in a housing allowance. This change happened as a result of the passage of the GI Bill 2.0 legislation.

Another rule of the Post 9/11 GI Bill is you have to be a greater-than-half-time student to get the housing allowance, so unless you are taking at least 51% of the number of credits your school considers to be full-time, you aren’t taking enough. If you are doing all these things, then call the VA and ask why.

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