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If We Both Use Our Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits, Will We Both Get The Housing Allowance?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: My spouse and I are both planning to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill next year. Are we both able to receive monthly housing allowance at the same time? If I attend online university full time will I qualify for housing allowance at all?

A: Assuming you are not currently serving anymore, yes, you would both get a Post 9/11 GI Bill monthly housing allowance. I mentioned “a” monthly housing allowance as the VA pays on a different structure if you go to school online.

The most you could get by going to school online full-time is $714.50. If your spouse attends classes on campus, she would potentially make at least twice of what you would be making.

You might want to rethink taking all of your classes online. Even if you take just one class per semester (that you need to mark off your degree plan) on campus and the rest online, you would get the full monthly housing allowance amount – double of what you would otherwise get by taking all of your classes online.

Regardless of your attendance venue, you and your spouse would still get both of your tuition’s paid up to the resident rate and receive the book stipend.

Tuition at a public school would be paid in full up to the resident rate (provided you are at the 100% Post 9/11 GI Bill tier). The book stipend is calculated at $41.67 per credit per semester (up to the $1,000 per year cap). If either of you plan on attending a private school, know that tuition is capped at $19,198.31 per year.

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