The DOD has released BAH rates for 2016. If you are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Vocational Rehab and receiving a living allowance this will effect you. Read below to see which scenario best describes you so you can plan accordingly. Find the newly announced rates here: http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm
Please note: Our Post-9/11 GI Bill calculator will continue to reflect 2015 rates until the new rates go into effect for the Fall 2016 semester.
If you are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill: The Department of Defense adjusts the military BAH rate every calendar year (January 1) based on changes to housing costs across the country. Rates can either go up or down. Public Law 111-377 (the Veterans Educational Assistance Improvement Act of 2010) amended the effective date for the adjustment of the MHA you receive under the Post-9/11 GI Bill from the beginning of the calendar year to the beginning of the academic year (August 1).
If the BAH increased for your area, you will not see an increase until your September payment for training pursued in August. If the BAH decreases for your area, your MHA amount will not decrease unless you change schools or have more than a six-month break in training.
If you are using Vocational Rehab: If you're using VocRehab and are eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill MHA, the monthly allowance is set equal to the BAH rate for an E5 with dependents for your school's zip code - it this went down for the military, you are grandfathered in to last year’s rate. If this went up, you should receive the increased/higher rate on February 1st.