Steps to Success: Using Your GI Bill®
How do the benefits break down?
Benefits will be awarded based on start date of term session and total credits. The VA’s definition of Full Time does not always align with Tri-C or Financial Aid.
“Full time” minimum course load, for VA education benefits, is as follows:
- 12 credit hours for 16 week terms
- 10 credit hours for 14 week terms
- 6 credit hours for 8 week terms
- 7 credit hours for 10 week terms
- 4 credit hours for 5 week terms
Student Veteran R. Smith started one 16 week class on Jan 14. On January 28, R. Smith picked up several 14 week classes, bumping the schedule up to full time status only at the start of the 14 week session.
If Student Veteran R. Smith is using Post 9/11, he will only receive the housing allowance dated to the beginning of the 14 week term, as the housing allowance is not paid to students below half time status.
If Student Veteran R. Smith is using other VA education benefits, he will receive a combination of part time and full time rates (full time rate dating to the date his schedule was officially full time).