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How Much Post 9/11 GI BIll Housing Allowance Will We Receive?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband has been enrolled in 3/4 time for the fall 2011 semester. His online class ended in the end of November, and his math class at the college ended on Dec 8. I’m trying to figure out how much Basic Allowance for Housing we will receive. We would normally get $800. Would the amount we receive be based on the 8 days he was still attending his math class? And then would that only be considered part time since his online class ended in November?

A: It really depends on how many credits his math class was in relation to how many credits his school considers to be full-time, along with how many days the class ran in December (which you indicated was 8 days).

Assuming his math class was enough credits to put him over the 51% of the number of credits considered full-time, he would get 8 days worth of housing allowance. If the credits from his math class resulted in him being at less than 51%, then he would not get any housing allowance for the month of December.

And of course, this will be the first semester that Post 9/11 GI Bill interval or break pay will not be paid for the semester break, so hopefully you were aware of that and have prepared financially for it. He should get around $126.50 which is the $673.50 housing allowance from his online class subtracted from the $800 you normally receive, if he had enough credits to qualify for the housing allowance in the month of December. If not, he won’t get anything.

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