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If I’m Still In, Can My Husband Get The Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My husband and I were both active duty. After this last deployment, he got out and I am staying in. We live in on-post housing, would he still be eligible for the BAH if he decides to go back to school and use his GI Bill?

A: Yes, he would. Being he has his own Post 9/11 GI Bill, he can receive the housing allowance, provided he qualifies for it. He would need a rate of pursuit of greater than half-time and not take all online classes. As far as how many credits he would have to take for that rate of pursuit, it can vary by school.

Each school has a number of credits they consider to be classified as a full-time student. He would need to take at least 51% of that number to get a rate of pursuit that qualifies him for the full housing allowance. The other caveat is he won’t qualify for the housing allowance if he is taking all online classes. He would need to take at least one on-campus class applying to his degree plan.

Those are today’s rules. With the passage of the GI Bill 2.0 legislation, starting in Aug online-only students can get up to $673.50 in a monthly housing allowance – right now, they get nothing. The other change happening is the housing allowance will be directly tied to how many credits you are taking. So if he is taking 75% of the number of full-time credits, he would get 80% of the full housing allowance. The VA rounds up to the nearest tenth.

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