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If I Will Be Doing Online Courses Full-time, Am I Eligible for the Post 9/11 GI BillHousing Allowance?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hello, question about the housing allowances. My husband is active duty Guard and he has transferred part of his Post 9/11 GI Bill to me. I will be doing online courses full-time, am I eligible for the housing allowance? THANKS!

A: I’m not quite sure what you mean by active duty Guard. If you mean he is in the AGR program, then you might not get the online housing allowance, but if he is a drilling traditional Guardsman (drilling one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer), then yes, as a spouse using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, you would get the online housing allowance of $673.50 per month.

However, that is half the amount you could get. If you would take just one class that applies to your degree plan each semester on campus, you could get the full housing allowance which averages $1,200 per month across the United States. I don’t know where you live, but the East and West Coast are around $2,400 per month.

Whether you will get the housing allowance or not depends on if your husband draws BAH. If so, then you would not be eligible for the housing allowance.

Once his transfer request is approved, if it isn’t already, then you have to submit VA Form 22-1990e from the eBenefits website to get your Certificate of Eligibility. You will most likely have to send a copy of it in when you register online for school as a student using Post 9/11 GI Bill transferred benefits.

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