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With a Mix of Summer Session Classes, How Will It Effect My Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hi, I was just curious to get a second opinion. I am taking summer classes at the University of Idaho, mix of online and actual classes. My school has a system where you can take 11 credits, what I am taking, but only have to take 3-6 credits at a time. So, I am taking the actual in a class-room classes from May 16-June 24. My two online classes are from June 13-July 08 and July 11-Aug 05. With that said my question is how will my housing allowance be effected? Will I get my housing allowance if, after June 24th, I am only taking online classes?

A: Because the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance is dependent on the zip code of your school and the number of classes you take, it can be affected if you:
• Have a pursuit less than full-time.
• Taking all classes online.

Have a pursuit less than full-time
Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you have to take at least 51% of the number of credits your school considers to be full-time in order to qualify for any housing allowance at all. But because you are taking those credits spread out over three periods of time, you’ll only get paid for the number of credits you are taking at any one time. You’ll get the in-class rate for the percentage of full-time credits you are taking for that period of time.

For example, if your schools summer session full-time number of credits is 6 and you are taking 4 credits at the time, you would get 4/6th (or 2/3rds) of the full amount for that period.

Under your schedule, you would get paid one amount from May 16th through June 12th; you would get a different amount from June 13th through June 24th because of your first online class starting and the dates overlapping. Then on June 25th, your credits drop again due to your first class ending, so the amount you would get drops and goes to the online-only rate until July 8th. The online only rate picks up again on July 8th and goes through the end of your third class.

Taking all classes online
Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, online-only classes are paid according to a different rate schedule than in-class classes. If your online-only rate of pursuit is considered full-time, then the most you would get is $754.50 per month. If your rate of pursuit is less than full-time, then you would get a pro-rated lesser amount each month.

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