The Post-9/11 GI Bill BAH rate (known as the Monthly Housing Allowance) is $917 per month for full-time students enrolled in an online college, school, or distance-learning program until July 31, 2022.
Even though BAH rates are effective as of Jan. 1, 2021, the effective date for Post-9/11 GI Bill MHA adjustments is the beginning of the academic year, Aug. 1.
Online College Payment Rates for 2021 Academic Year (Aug. 1, 2021–July 31, 2022)
Exclusively online training (no classroom instruction) – $950.75 per month, according to the Deparment of Veterans Affairs.
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How Will the New Forever GI Bill Affect BAH and Online Student Veterans?
Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA, or BAH) amounts are now based on where a veteran student attends the majority of their classes. Prior to the Forever GI Bill, payment was based on the school’s location. This is a big change for online students receiving lower BAH payments because their school was in an area with a lower BAH than their home.
This change went into effect on Aug. 1, 2018, and only applies to new GI Bill enrollees.
How Is BAH Calculated for Online Education or Distance Learning Students?
The basic allowance for housing for online student veterans is half the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents.
What If You’re Attending Part-Time?
MHA payments are lower for part-time students. Students must be enrolled in at least 51% of a full time course load to be eligible for MHA benefits.
How does the VA calculate part-time BAH rates?
The VA calculates course loads over 50% (but not 100%) to the nearest 10%. For instance, if your training time (e.g., number of credits) equals 68% as calculated above, you will receive 70% of the applicable housing allowance. If your training time is calculated to be 56%, you will receive 60% of the applicable housing allowance.
What Is the BAH Rate if You’re Taking Online and On-Campus classes?
A full-time student taking at least one classroom course will get the full BAH rate based on the school’s ZIP code.
Do Online Students Get BAH?
Yes, the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act (GI Bill 2.0) made this change effective Oct. 1, 2011. However, the MHA for online coursework is lower than the MHA for in-person class attendance.
How Is MHA Calculated for a Hybrid Course That Combines Online and Classroom Training?
If any portion of a class requires students to physically attend class, then it receives the same housing allowance as an on-campus course.
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