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Will I Still Get the Full Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance for the Summer Session?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have a question, I’m applying for the Summer Semester at my college, and I plan to take the 7-8 week courses instead of the 16-week courses. Do I still get BAH for the whole Summer semester (May 5 – Aug 8) or just the short semester I am attending (July 8 – Aug 20)?

A: None of the GI Bills pay BAH. However, you would get the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) if you use the Post 9/11 GI Bill and take enough credits. Usually to get any MHA at all, you have to be enrolled in at least 51% of the number of credits your school considers to be full-time. At many schools that credit floor is 12. So that means you would have to take at least 7 credits during a normal semester to qualify for the minimum housing allowance. Taking a full credit load would of course get you the full MHA amount.

However, during the summer semester, many schools break it down into two sessions, each 8 weeks long. So if you are only taking one summer session, the minimum number of credits you would have to take to still get the full housing allowance would be 6.

Because the Post 9/11 GI Bill pays only for the duration of your course, you would get MHA for just the summer session you are attending – July 8th to Aug 20th – and not for the whole summer semester. So in the end, it really doesn’t make a difference how long your summer session is as much as it does the number of credits you take during that session.

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