DoD Releases New Basic Housing Allowance Rates for 2010

The Department of Defense just released their new Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) rates for 2010, which will have a profound effect on Post 9/11 GI Bill living allowance benefits. Overall, there was a modest increase of 2.5 percent nationally; however, there is wide variation among the 200 or so BAH regions (ranging from an increase of 16% to a decrease of 10%).

The big winners for 2010 were mainly located in the Northeast (NY, CT, & MA) where some campuses saw their benefits increase by over $200/month. Over 4,000 colleges and universities will see their living allowances increase next year. Here are some of the top examples from each state:

NY Long Island University (West Point) $2,127/month (+$262)
MA University of Massachusetts (Lowell) $2,196/month (+$261)
CT University of Connecticut $1,758/month (+$246)
MD University of Maryland $1,950/month (+$157)
CA Stanford University $2,122/month (+$156)
KY University of Louisville $1,191/month (+$155)
LA Louisiana State University $1,278/month (+$138)

The biggest decreases for 2010 were scattered throughout the country. Nearly 1,800 colleges and university will see their living allowance decrease next year. Here are some of the top examples from each state:

CA San Francisco State $2,562/month (-$201)
NY Fordham University (Marymount) $2,022/month (-$165)
HI Maui Community College $1,830/month (-$144)
NM College of Santa Fe $1,257/month (-$140)
FL Polk Community College $1,065/month (-$118)
TX South Texas College $1,101/month (-$110)
AL Bishop State Community College $1,029/month (-$107)

iving allowance rates are set by a committee of experts who specialize in determining regional living costs. IAVA will be posting the new BAH rates in our benefits calculator early next week. Click here for a complete list of updated BAH rates.