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If I Attend a Trade School, How Are the Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing and Book Stipends Calculated?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am attending the NASCAR Technical institute, (I guess it would be a trade school). I was wondering how my BAH and stipend are calculated. I go full-time from 6:30 am till 1:00 pm. Our courses are 3 weeks long each and it takes 2 years to become ASE certified. I am 100% eligibility. Will I receive the full amount of BAH, which is $1,247 according the location of my school and the $41.67 per credit stipend? Thank you.

A: As far as your Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance, it will depend on what your school considers to be full-time. I’m assuming you are attending at that full-time rate of pursuit with your 3-week courses for two years. Based on a change that was implemented in August, the housing allowance, not called BAH as it is much different that active duty BAH, is now prorated based on rate of pursuit and the zip code for your school. It is paid at the pay grade of an E-5 with dependents.

So if you are attending at their full-time rate, then you should get the full housing allowance amount based on the zip code of your school, which you have calculated out to be $1,247 per month. If you are attending at a less than full-time rate, then you will get a prorated lesser amount.

As far as your book stipend, you won’t get the $41.67 per credit amount that student get who are taking a degree-producing program. Because you are attending a vocational school, and most of them do not assign a credit amount value to their courses, you would instead receive the $83 per month book stipend amount. This was another change that happened as a result of the implementation of the GI Bill 2.0 changes.

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