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Does the Hazlewood Act Pay a Monthly Housing Allowance Like the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Does the Hazlewood Act give a housing allowance? And if yes, and I choose the Post 9/11 GI Bill, do I get both housing allowances? Or if I choose the MGIB would I receive both payments?

A: No, the Hazelwood Act does not pay a housing allowance. Under it, you can get up to 150 hours of tuition forgiveness, but that is it.

If you have the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you can’t use it in conjunction with the same classes that are paid for by the Hazelwood Act. Besides, if you did, all you would get from your Post 9/11 GI Bill would be your monthly housing allowance and book stipend. A better way to use both benefits would be to use up your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits first and then use your Hazelwood Act hours towards an advanced degree as that tuition is usually much higher than it is for an undergraduate degree. Or transfer your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits while you are still serving and then use your Hazelwood Act benefits for yourself. Those are just a couple suggestions on how to use both benefits.

However, if you use the Montgomery GI Bill, you can get your tuition paid under the Hazelwood Act and still get your monthly MGIB payment, which for a full-time student having served for at least three years, would be $1,564 per month starting October 1st.

Using the two programs together is a great way to maximize your MGIB benefits as normally if you used your MGIB alone, you have to pay for your tuition out of your monthly GI Bill benefit. Combining benefits gives you extra money in your pocket.

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