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Am I Entitled to the Post 9/11 GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance If We Live in Government Quarters?

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Q: My husband and I are both active duty in Germany right now. I will be getting out and using my GI Bill to go to school in Germany while my husband finishes out his contract here. Am I still entitled to the monthly housing allowance if we live in government quarters housing? We do not receive OHA? – Rachel

A: In your case Rachel, yes you are. Because you have your own Post 9/11 GI Bill, you are treated as an individual veteran and not as a spouse of a serving military member. Different rules apply to each type of status, so it can get confusing.

As a veteran, you’ll get your tuition paid directly to your school by the VA. Monthly you’ll get a housing allowance in the amount of $1529[check amount] which is the foreign school rate. Where you live is immaterial as it has no impact on what you get from your Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Once per term you’ll also get the book stipend in the amount of $41.67 per credit.

Now if you were using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits instead of your own, then you would not be authorized the housing allowance. You can’t get more benefits than what your sponsor can get and he would not be authorized the housing allowance either as long as he is serving. However he would get his tuition paid and receive the book stipend if going to school while still in.

Of course once he is out and if he chooses to go to school, then he would be authorized the housing allowance.

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