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Do I Get the Same Money for Attending Online Courses as a Full-Time Student Attending On Campus?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: If I do online courses do I still get the same money as a full time student attending a school?

A: No you don’t. Under GI Bill 2.0 changes, students taking all their classes online only get up to $673.50 per month in Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance – about half of the on-campus national average. Before GI Bill 2.0 though, online-only students were not authorized any housing allowance.

However, there is a work-around where you can get the full housing allowance authorized for the zip code of your school if you are classified as a full-time student. All you have to do is take at least one course on campus per semester that applies to your degree plan. Your on-campus class can be at any accredited school.

The key to making this work is your on-campus classes have to apply to your degree plan. They can be just a one-credit classes if that is what you need. Why? Because if they don’t apply to your degree plan, the VA will not pay for them or recognize them as being legitimate classes and hence those credits would not apply to the total amount you would need to get the traditional student housing allowance – just the online-only housing allowance.

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