Am I eligible for the New GI Bill benefits as a part-time student?

All GI Bill benefits are prorated for part-time students. The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) prorates the monthly living allowance and annual book stipend for part-time student.  Part-time students will have their living allowance prorated based on how many classes they are taking.

For example a student is taking 7 credits at a school that consider 12 credits full time, that student will receive 60% of the normal living allowance rate. Below is chart showing how your enrollment would affect your GI Bill benefits.

Credits % of BAH
12100%
1190%
1080%
980%
870%
760%
60%

Please note that students who are considered “exactly half-time” do NOT qualify for a living allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Also please take notice of the difference between enrolling in 7 units and 8 units. Taking one more unit is worth 10% of the BAH, approximately an additional $326/month in benefits for New York City veterans.

The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), REAP (Chapter 1607) and Select Reserve GI Bill (Chapter 1606) also prorate their monthly benefits.

To see how your benefits will be affected by being a part-time student, please check out our GI Bill benefits calculator.