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What Changed on the Post 9/11 GI Bill Between Semesters?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Were there changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill? I skipped last semester, but before that I was going half time and collecting the BAH allowance. This semester I am going half time again and now I am not getting the allowance.

A: As far as the Post 9/11 GI Bill, nothing changed between semesters (yet). If you were attending at least one traditional on-campus class and this semester you are taking all online classes, then that is the difference, as online-only students are not authorized the housing allowance at this point in time.

If everything is exactly the same as your last semester, then it probably was an error at the VA as students classified as 50% are not authorized the housing allowance; the lowest percentage is 51%.

One other thing that could have changed is if your school raised the number of credits of what it considers to be full-time. If you are taking the same number of credits as you did last semester and they raised their full-time number, then you would be at half-time or less and not authorized the housing allowance.

With the passage of the GI Bill 2.0, starting in the fall online-only student will get up to $673 in a monthly housing allowance. The other big change is the amount of a housing allowance will be directly tied to how many credits you are taking. Right now everyone between 51% and 100% gets the same for a particular school zip code. The change is if you are taking 51% of the number of credits your school considers to be full-time, you will only get 51% of the full-time housing allowance.

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