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Monthly Living Allowance: Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Ryan Weemer
posted this on November 15, 2011 12:13

Monthly Living Allowance: Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Veterans will be paid a monthly housing allowance based on the military's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for an E-5 with dependents. The living allowance can range from $807/month in Bellville, OH, to $3,258/month in Manhattan, NYC (beginning Aug. 2013).

To qualify for the living allowance a service member must be:

  • Enrolled more than half time (7 credits or more at most colleges)
  • Not on active duty orders

Part-time students will have their living allowance prorated based on how many classes they are taking. For example a student is taking 7 credits at a school that consider 12 credits full time, that student will receive 60% of the normal living allowance rate.

Credits

% of BAH

12

100%

11

90%

10

80%

9

80%

8

70%

7

60%

6

0%

 

Exclusively online students (or distance learners) qualify for a lower living allowance (approximately $684/month). However, a student only needs to take one class in residence (in an actual classroom) to qualify for the full living allowance.

These veterans may receive a large benefit from MGIB (Chapter 30)

Veterans who have served less than three years on active duty since September 10, 2001 qualify for a percentage of the living allowance benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). See details under the eligibility requirements for Active Duty or National Guard/Reserves.

For more guidance on which program is right for you, please check out our GI Bill benefits calculator.