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Will My Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Housing Allowance Continue Through the Summer?

Q: I am currently enrolled in classes and registered for the fall semester using the new GI bill. Will BAH continue through the summer?

A: No, it won’t, nor do you want it to. The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill housing allowance (or BAH as you referred to it), pays only while you are in class. As you have probably noticed, your first and last month’s payments of a term may be less than the middle months, if your term starts or ends during the middle of a month.

As far as your housing allowance continuing through the summer, if it would, it would draw down your Post 9/11 G.I. Bill months of entitlement. You would have some money coming in, but you would not be getting the benefit of the VA paying your tuition or you going to class and getting credits toward your degree. Nor would you get a book stipend, although your book stipend may have already maxed out at that point anyway. The 36-months of benefit will cover four academic years of college, if you use it properly. For the summer, your best bet would be to either seek work on your own, or ask your school if they have a work-study program they could employ you for the summer .

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