This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

When Are Online Students Getting the Housing Allowance?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: When is the New GI Bill going to start paying housing allowance for online degrees?

A: The short answer is when Congress passes a change to the Post 9/11 GI Bill that will allow it. I have never understood why it was not in the original Bill. Just because a student goes to school virtually, doesn’t mean they live virtually. Each one still has to eat and have a roof over their head, but somehow it was missed when the original Post 9/11 GI Bill was drafted by Congress.

Right now there are a couple of bills in the legislature that would change this oversight. S.3447 would pay students, with rates of pursuit greater-than-half-time, 50% of the housing allowance while H.R 950 would pay those same students a housing allowance based off of their residence zip code. While both bills are similar, each is also unique. The real challenge will be getting Congress to agree on a bill and to pass it. As of late, support for this change, and all of the Post 9/11 GI Bill fixes, seems to be waning.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Important Information: The schools appearing on this webpage are clients of ours and are schools from which QuinStreet receives compensation ("Sponsored Schools"). Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on this website (including the order in which they appear). Our websites do not, and are not intended to, provide a comprehensive list of all schools in the United States or of all schools located in a specific geographic area or of all schools that offer a particular program of study. We strive to provide information on this website that is accurate, complete and timely, but we make no guarantees about the information, the selection of schools, school accreditation status, the availability of or eligibility for financial aid, employment opportunities or education or salary outcomes. Visit here for important information on these topics.

Gainful Employment Disclosure: For more information about program cost, educational debt, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, visit here.