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With One On-Campus and One Online Class, Would I Get the Full Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I will be using my GI Bill at Devry University and had a question about the housing allowance. Since Devry splits their semesters up into two terms, Term A and Term B, to be full time you have to take at least 6 credits per term adding up to 12 per semester. My question is if I take at least one on campus class in Term A and then all online in Term B will the on campus class in Term A allow me to receive full BAH during the entire semester? Thank you.

A: Most likely not, but it depends on how Devry reports their classroom schedule to the VA. The way the current rules are written, if you are a full-time student, with full-time being defined by your school, and you take at least one 1-credit class on campus (called a classroom class), then you qualify for the full monthly Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance authorized for the zip code of your school campus.

However, if you are full-time, but take all online classes, you would only get the online-only housing allowance rate of $673.50, which would end up being about half of what you would otherwise receive.

So if Devry classifies Term A and Term B as one semester, you should get the full housing allowance. However, if they classify each term separately, you would only get the full housing allowance for Term A and the online-only housing allowance for Term B.

I suggest you sit down with your school’s VA Certifying Official and ask how Devry classifies their classes and your concern with how much housing allowance you can expect to get each semester.

Comments  (2)

Hi…I work for DeVry and we certify by the session and not the semester, so in the case above, the student would not be eligible for the full BAH during the session he only took online courses. He would, of course, be eligible for the full housing allowance in sessions he was full-time and enrolled in at least one on-ground course. Hope this helps.

posted by Matt
4:19 pm on April 4, 2014

It sure does. Thank-you for the information.


posted by Ron Kness
8:02 pm on April 6, 2014
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