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VA has begun updating housing payments with the 2010 BAH rates for Post-9/11 GI Bill students

September 9, 2010 | In the News

VA has begun updating housing payments with the 2010 BAH rates for Post-9/11 GI Bill students

September 01, 2010 02:15 PM

Effective January 1, 2010, DoD adjusted most housing rates. VA’s housing payments under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are based on the DoD basic allowance for housing at the E-5 with dependents level for the zip code where you attend school. Our new education claims processing system will begin phasing in the new rates September 1, 2010. You can see the new rates at www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html

When will VA start paying the 2010 rates?

We will begin issuing checks at the 2010 rate on September 1st for school attendance during the month of August. We expect all files to be updated by the October housing payment.

Do I have to submit a form or do anything to get the new housing rate?

Your payments will update to the 2010 rates automatically, you do not need to do anything.

My housing rate increased in 2010. Do I get back-pay?

We will send you a one-time payment for the additional amount you are owed for your school attendance in 2010. The payment will cover any increase due you for housing allowance during the period January 1, 2010 through July 31, 2010 and will be direct-deposited to your account during the first week of September. The housing allowance for August, that is payable on September 1, will be at the 2010 rate.

I’m in school now and am expecting an increase. How does that work?

If you are currently in school or plan to re-enroll this year, your monthly housing allowance for August 2010 (paid on September 1st) will be at the 2010 rate.

I started school for the first time under the Post-9/11 GI Bill after January 1, 2010 and the housing rate for my area decreased for 2010. What happens to my payments?

You were receiving the 2009 rate. Your payment on September 1st (for the housing allowance for the month of August 2010) will be paid based on the 2010 housing rate. You will not continue to be paid at the higher 2009 rate. However, any housing payments previously paid to you at the 2009 rate will not be reduced and there will not be an overpayment on your record.

I started school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2009 and the housing rate decreased for 2010. How does that work?

You will continue to receive the higher 2009 rate during 2010 unless you change schools or have more than a 6-month break in school attendance. However, in the transition to our new computer system, some housing payments were inadvertently reduced to the lower 2010 rate. VA is taking immediate action to pay you the higher 2009 rate.

  • Your award is being adjusted to return your monthly housing allowance rate to the higher 2009 rate. You will receive a payment for the difference between the 2010 and 2009 rate for your September 1, 2010, payment.
  • For future payments, your monthly housing allowance will remain at the higher 2009 rate. You will continue to receive this rate unless you change schools or have more than a six-month break in attendance.

My housing rate is the same, is there a change to my VA housing?

Your VA housing payment will not change.

If you have other questions, be sure to check www.GIBILL.va.gov and use the “Ask a Question feature, or call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

2010 – 2011 Maximum Tuition and Fee Rates for the Post-9/11 GI Bill are Available

August 31, 2010 02:00 PM

The maximum in-state tuition and fee rates are now available for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You can find the rates at the following link: http://www.gibill.va.gov/gi_bill_info/ch33/tuition_and_fees.htm

These rates are effective for training pursued on or after August 1, 2010 through July 31, 2011.

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Policy Update – Monthly Housing Allowance Grandfathering Rules

August 11, 2010

VA is authorized to pay a monthly housing allowance (MHA) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to students who are pursuing training at a rate of pursuit of more than half-time.  The MHA amount payable is equal to the amount payable under section 403 of title 37 for a member with dependents in pay grade E-5 residing in the military housing area that encompasses all or the majority portion of the ZIP code of the institution of higher learning (IHL) where the student is enrolled.

Section 403(b)(6) of title 37 requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to “grandfather” the basic allowance for housing (BAH) for members who retain uninterrupted eligibility for the BAH (even if the housing rates decrease or if the individual receives a promotion within the same housing area).  Similar to DoD’s grandfathering rule, VA will grandfather the MHA for individuals who are continuously enrolled at an IHL.

VA will “grandfather” the monthly housing allowance if—

  • The student previously received the monthly housing allowance for training at the IHL
      • If no housing allowance was previously paid (even if the student was enrolled) the student will receive the current MHA rate
  • The student is continuously enrolled at the same IHL
      • Continuously enrolled means no more than a 6 month break in training
      • Any student called to active duty (during an enrollment period or 6 month grace period) will receive a “grandfathered” rate as long as he/she begins training at the IHL within 6 months from the release from active duty.
      • A change in facility code is considered a change in school (IHL)

The long-term solution has been programmed to apply the “grandfathering” rules listed above during processing.  RPO personnel will not have to apply these rules when processing enrollments.

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Keith M. Wilson
Director, Education Service