In order to receive the minimum amount of BAH, you need to be ABOVE ½
time. So for undergraduates for Fall and Spring semesters you need AT
LEAST 6.5 credits and Summer you need AT LEAST 4.5 credits to receive
any BAH (graduate students need at least 5.5 in Fall/Spring and 3.5
for Summer) If you are below ½ time, you will NOT receive any BAH.
Online Courses and BAH
If you enroll in only online courses for a semester, the VA will only
pay you 50% of the national average of BAH, even if you are full-time.
If at least ONE of your classes is an on-campus class (meaning a class
you go to), then you will receive the amount of BAH you’d normally
get. You can take online courses, but if you want to receive normal
BAH, at least one class has to be on campus. The VA pays you directly
The VA will pay you up to $1000 per academic year for books under the
Post 911 GI Bill ©. The $1000 is if you are at the 100% rating (if you
are at a different percentage you will receive a percentage of the
$1000 per year, for example, someone at the 80% rating would get up to
$800 per academic year).
The way the VA calculates book money is based on the number of
credits you are registered for each semester. They have a per credit
hour charge of $41.67 per credit. They will multiply that amount by
the number of approved credits you are registered for. For example,
you are registered for 12 credits for Fall: $41.67X12 = $504.00 for
books for Fall (if at the 100% rating). This also means that for
Spring, you will have $496.00 available from the $1000 per academic year.
You do not need to save receipts for books. If you can find your
books for cheap online, or better yet, for free, you can still keep
the book money. It is recommended that if your books cost less than
what you receive for a given semester, that you save the rest for
future semesters as you may not receive as much.
Tuition and Fees
The VA will pay your tuition directly to the school only for classes
that are approved (meaning required for your degree). The VA usually
doesn’t pay tuition by the tuition deadline, but you do not need to
worry about the tuition deadline. As long as you make sure you have
filled out a request for benefits (contact
your Certifying Official) for the semester, we will have you on
a list that is sent down to the tuition office to prevent Post 911 GI
Bill © students from being dropped or charged late fees.
You will have until the end of the semester to make sure your tuition
gets paid by the VA before you will be required to pay anything. It is
not recommended that you wait until the end of the semester to check —
we will put a hold on your account until the issue is resolved.