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Does the Montgomery GI Bill Pay a Housing Allowance?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Does the Montgomery GI Bill pay BAH? My husband is attending a community college and from what I understand the Post 9/11 GI Bill does not cover community colleges? Thank you!

A: No GI Bill pays BAH. However, the Post 9/11 GI Bill does pay a monthly housing allowance (MHA). While it is based on BAH tables, it is entirely different. The MHA calculates based on the zip code of the school, the number of credits taken and the tier level percentage.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill also pays a book stipend of $41.67 per credit once per semester (up to the $1,000 annual cap) and the VA pays tuition up to the resident rate directly to the school. If attending a public school, it can pay up to 100%; if attending a private school, the amount is capped at $19,198.31 per year.

As far as the Post 9/11 GI Bill not paying to attend a community college, that was true before the GI Bill 2.0 implementation in 2011. Since then, it pays both 2 and 4-year degree-producing programs, along with vocational/technical programs. If in a non-degree program, the book stipend pays up to $83 per month instead of $41.67 per credit.

Under the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), it would pay up to $1,648 per month and he would have to pay his own tuition, fees, books and other education-related expenses. In most cases, the Post 9/11 GI Bill covers the same courses as the MGIB, but usually pays more.

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