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Do I Meet the Requirement to Get the Full Post 9/11 GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance?

Q: Hi, This fall I want to take 2 bi-semester classes at my school, one in the first half and one in the second half. Each class is worth 5 credits, and I’ll be taking another 7 credits that are the full semester, on top of these classes. So throughout the whole semester I will be full time. My question is will I receive full bah payments for the semester since I meet all of the requirements?

A: You should, but it really depends on the number of credits your school considers to be full-time. If 12 is their “magic number”, then you would meet the requirement as you would be taking 12 credits during each half of the semester – 5 from each bi-semester class and 7 from the full semester class.

Just make sure that you don’t have a break between when one 5-credit class ends and another one begins. If you do, then for that number of days you would not meet the requirements to be eligible for the full Post 9/11 GI Bill monthly housing allowance (MHA). You would only qualify for 7/12ths of the full amount (assuming 12 credits is considered full-time at your school.)

One thing worth noting is if you plan on taking all your credits online, then the most MHA you would get is $684 per month. However, if you take a mix of online and on campus, then you would qualify for the full MHA amount.

Either way you would still get the book stipend calculated at $41.67 per credit (up to $1,000 per year) and your tuition paid directly to your school (up to the resident undergraduate rate if you attend a public school). If you attend a private school, then the VA would pay up to $18,077.50 per year in tuition.

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