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How Does the Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance Work for Summer Sessions?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am about to finish my first semester of college using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I’m considering signing up for summer classes to continue to get the housing allowance. If my class starts June 10th and will go until August 9th, will I receive the housing allowance in June or July. One more question how does the pay work? Do they pay you on the first for that months housing allowance or do they pay you on the month for the previous months housing allowance. Thank you for any help in figuring this out.

A: If your summer session starts on June 10th, then you should get paid in July for the 21 days you attended school in June. Just so you know the VA usually pays the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance a month after the fact. However, the first month of a new semester can take longer.

In August, you should get a full month’s worth of housing allowance based on your attendance in July. In September, your housing allowance would be for only 9 days in August.

Let me clarify how the VA calculates the housing allowance. When I said a “full months’ worth”, that was assuming your rate of pursuit is classified as full-time. If so, then you would get the full amount authorized for the zip code of your school and paid at the E-5 with dependents pay grade (and times your tier percentage).

However, if your rate of pursuit is less than full-time, then you would get the full E-5 with dependents rate multiplied by the percentage of your rate of pursuit (and again times your tier percentage).

Also, many schools have a different number of credits they consider to be full-time for their Summer Sessions, so while 12 credits may be your school’s full-time floor (the least number of credits you can take and still be considered full-time) for the Winter and Spring semesters, they may use a figure of 6 or 8 credits as full-time for their Summer sessions. Check with your school to see what figure they use.

I’ve run into many students that get freaked out over the reduced number of credits they are taking for the Summer Session, and not knowing their schools Summer Session policy, think they are not going to get the full housing allowance for that semester.

Comments  (5)

I have a question. In my school to be a full time student in the summer you need to take 6credit if you’re taking the 6weeks classes and 8 credits if you are taking the 12weeks classes. The summer term goes from May12 to Aug02.

My question is, what if I take like 6 credits the first 6 weeks, and then 3 credits the last 6 weeks. Do I get paid 100% BAH from May12 to Aug02?

posted by Gonzo
2:46 pm on March 11, 2013

Not only would you not get the full monthly housing allowance for the last 6 weeks, you wouldn’t get anything at all. In order to qualify for the monthly housing allowance, you have to take at least 51% of the number of credits your school considers to be full-time to get the minimum housing allowance. By taking only 3 credits you are only at 50%.

posted by Ron Kness
6:05 pm on March 11, 2013

I understand now. Thank you very much for answering my questions sir.

posted by Gonzo
12:05 pm on March 15, 2013

my school requires 7 credits to be full time for 10 week courses for the summer. I will be taking 7 credits for 10 weeks in the summer, i get %100 from my Gi bill, will i recieve my full monthly housing allowance for the summer?

posted by Persephone
10:40 pm on May 3, 2013

Yes you will. How much you would get is calculated based on the zip code of your school and the number of credits you are taking. Because you are taking enough to be considered full-time, then you would get the full amount paid at the E-5 with dependents pay grade.

posted by Ron Kness
6:08 pm on May 5, 2013
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