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Will I Get the Post 9/11 GI Bill for the Whole Semester?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am in a full-time nursing program and the credit hours come out to be 8 hours for the whole semester, the school considers it a full time program because of all the labs and check -offs that are mandatory. Two of the classes are 8 weeks and the one is 16 weeks. How would they calculate my BAH? So far I haven’t seen any money and I am very worried. My VA lady doesn’t seem to help much. I can’t go to school without the BAH, I just can’t afford it. This program was very difficult to get into so I don’t want to quit because of money issues.

A: Depending on how the three classes are broken down credit-wise, you will only get paid the Post 9/11 GI Bill housing allowance for the period of time during the semester that you are carrying at least 51% of the number of credits your school considers to be full-time. So if 8 credits is their magic number, you would only get the housing allowance during the period of time when you are carrying at least 5 credits. Unless the 16-week class is at least five credits, you would only get the housing allowance for the first 8 weeks. If the 16-week class is 5 credits or more, then you should get it for the entire semester.

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