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When I Get My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits, Will It Pay for Housing?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: When my dad transfers his benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill to me, will the GI Bill pay for my housing? I live in California and plan on going to college in Nevada. Will housing still be available for me to use? How long does it take to get approved for BAH?

A: If you are going to school under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you will get a housing allowance, unless you are:

  • taking less than 7 credits per term;
  • taking only online classes.

The housing allowance is paid at the E-5-with-dependents rate for the zip code of your school. Because your housing allowance is based on your school’s zip code, where you live, verses where you go to school, really doesn’t matter.

If you know the zip code of your school, you can calculate how much you will receive.  In the Duty Zip Code field enter the zip code of your school.  From the Pay Grade drop-down menu, select E-5. Click on the Submit button.

What will make a difference where you live verses where you go to school is on your tuition; you may get charged out-state tuition, unless California and Nevada have reciprocity agreements. If you are charged out-state tuition, then the VA will only pay up to the in-state maximum public school, undergraduate program maximum amount set for Nevada. You will have to pay the difference, unless your school is a Yellow Ribbon school.  In that case, your school can pay up to half of the amount not covered and the VA will pay an equal amount. This should leave you with very little, if any, left to pay. As far as how long it takes to get approved, figure about 8 to 10 weeks from the time you submit your Post 9/11 GI Bill paperwork.

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