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Will My Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Housing Allowance Continue Through the Summer?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am currently enrolled in classes and registered for the fall semester using the new GI bill.  Will BAH continue through the summer?

A: No, it won’t, nor do you want it to. The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill housing allowance (or BAH as you referred to it), pays only while you are in class. As you have probably noticed, your first and last month’s payments of a term may be less than the middle months, if your term starts or ends during the middle of a month.

As far as your housing allowance continuing through the summer, if it would, it would draw down your Post 9/11 G.I. Bill months of entitlement.  You would have some money coming in, but you would not be getting the benefit of the VA paying your tuition or you going to class and getting credits toward your degree. Nor would you get a book stipend, although your book stipend may have already maxed out at that point anyway. The 36-months of benefit will cover four academic years of college, if you use it properly. For the summer, your best bet would be to either seek work on your own, or ask your school if they have a work-study program they could employ you for the summer .

Comments  (10)

When should I expect my first Post 9/11 G.I. Bill check if classes start on August 23?

posted by Eric
7:18 am on August 7, 2010

More than likely during the first part of Oct. That check should have the few days of Aug and all of Sep.

Ron

posted by Ron Kness
6:56 am on August 9, 2010

will I recieve bah if I take fulltime online classes instead of sitting in the classroom fulltime?

posted by Marie
6:20 am on March 31, 2011

Right now you would not. However, starting on August 1st, online only students will start receiving $673.50 per month in a housing allowance.

posted by Ron Kness
11:27 am on April 19, 2011

I have one question. Isn’t it BAH should be the housing allowance for the student who is enrolled full time. From the explanation above, I understand what you are saying, however, why give BAH and cut it off every semester break? What would happen to students who are renting an appartment? They cannot move out just like that specially if their lease is on a yearly basis. Isn’t that why there is BAH?

posted by Roberto De Guzman
11:21 am on May 29, 2011

I agree with you Roberto, but in looking at break or interval pay, it is not a good use of Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlements. All the student gets is the housing allowance where if that same entitlement was used during a semester, not only would the student get the housing allowance, but also the book stipend and get his/her tuition and fees paid for. So from that standpoint, it is not a good use of benefits, however, it does provide a steadier income.

Break pay was eliminated as part of the legislative process. Under the pay-as-you-go system, Congress can’t spend money they don’t have (at least in theory). So when they approved the housing allowance for online-only students, something had to be taken away to pay that extra expense. They decided that interval pay would take the fall for funding online-only students’ housing allowance.

posted by Ron Kness
7:10 am on June 2, 2011

Can I start Off at a community college (complete 2 years) and transfer to a 4 year university?-

posted by PFC WEEKS
3:38 pm on June 7, 2011

waiting for reembursment from the GI Bill for summer classes my wife is taking. Also my wifes classmates have recieved the book stipend and she hasnt recieved hers yet.how does it work? is the va behind in paying out for school at the monment?

posted by jerry aguirre
11:27 am on June 16, 2011

Certainly. Just submit VA Form 22- 1995 – Request for Change or Program or Place of Training when you are ready to transfer.

posted by Ron Kness
8:59 am on June 20, 2011

The VA pays the book stipend around the beginning of each term. The VA is always a month behind in paying the housing allowance so she probably won’t see it until she has attended at least a month of school.

I’m assuming she had her Certificate of Entitlement before she enrolled in school. If so, then it could be an issue of when her school sent their paperwork for her to the VA, or maybe hers was missed and not sent in. I would have her check with her VA Certifying Official at her school and ensure all the paperwork is correct.

The other question is how many credits is she taking? She has to be taking enough to be classified as a greater-than-half-time student to qualify for the housing allowance and book stipend. Summer sessions are viewed differently as far as how many credits she would need. That is another question for her to ask her Certifying Official.

posted by Ron Kness
9:40 am on June 21, 2011
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