Post 9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance

Classes are certified with the VA by the start and end dates.

Fall and Spring Semester BAH
To be considered full-time by the VA for fall and spring semesters at UCCS, a student must be enrolled for at least 12 credits for the entire 16-week enrollment period. To receive any BAH, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 7 credit hours during the 16-week enrollment period. If a student drops below 7 credit hours, he or she will not receive any BAH.

Graduate students must be enrolled for 5 credit hours for the 16-week enrollment period to be considered full time and 2 ½ credit hours to be considered half time.

Summer Semester BAH
To be considered full-time by the VA for summer semesters, a student must be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours for the entire 8-week enrollment period. To receive any BAH, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credit hours during the 8-week enrollment period. If a student drops below 3 credit hours, he or she will not receive any BAH.

Graduate students must be enrolled for 2 ½ credit hours for the 8-week enrollment period to be considered full-time.

 
*If taking all online classes, and is considered full-time, a student will receive half the national average BAH payment.

A housing Scenario for chapter 33 Gi-bill, which explains that even though a student has 15 credits hours for a given semester only 10 weeks will qualify them for housing benefits.
Ch. 33 GI-BILL (Post 9/11) Housing Pay Explanation

The chart above represents a scenario in which a student may assume he or she is considered full-time for the duration of the semester, but this is not the case.

In this scenario, the student is taking 15 credit hours, with 12 credit hours considered full time by the VA. In the chart, the student will receive full pro-rated BAH - depending on individuals benefit percentage - for the first 10 weeks, which is the duration of the full time status, or 12 credit hours, for the semester. As depicted in the chart. A & P 1100 ended two weeks earlier, lowering the total from 15 to 12.

At the end of the 10th week, the student is currently enrolled for a total of 6 credit hours with the end of SOC 2210 and NUR 1100, effectively reducing him or her to less than half time which entails the termination of BAH payments for final 6 weeks of the semester.

Points to keep in mind when using Post 9-11 GIB:

  • BAH is paid at the beginning of each month. The first payment may not come for several months (VA will back pay). This is very common; plan accordingly.
  • BAH amount is pro-rated by the day based on "rate of pursuit" (number of class hours you are sitting in each day).
  • Students will not receive over the maximum allowable BAH, regardless of number of credit hours taken and when they are completed.
  • BAH is paid during periods when the student is enrolled.  BAH is not paid during winter or summer breaks ( spring break counts as enrollment).
  • BAH amounts are based on the DOD's Basic Allowance for Housing(BAH) rates for an "E-5 with dependents" for the zip code of the school. 
  • Online courses are rated differently for BAH.  If you only enroll in online courses, you will only receive 50% of the maximum BAH.
  • Dropping courses negatively affects BAH.  Make sure to consult with the OVMSA about the effect of dropping courses on your BAH.

For information about enrollment and BAH call the OVMSA office at (719) 255-3253.