Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) for Post 9/11 GI Bill

Here are the 2015 and 2016 Post 9/11 GI Bill BAH Rates for students.  Post 9/11 Gill Bill benefits include a Monthly Housing Allowance (aka BAH rate) for eligible veterans and service members.

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Payment Rate Exceptions
August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016
Type of School MHA Rate
Foreign School $1,566.00
Schools in US Territories E-5 with dependents Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) Rate for school location
Exclusively Online Training (No Classroom Instruction) $783.00
Attending classes at ½ time or less (Less than 7 credits) NOT PAYABLE
Active Duty Trainee (or spouse of servicemember) NOT PAYABLE

Books/Supplies Stipend
A yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000.00 paid proportionately based on enrollment.

Rural benefit
A one time payment of $500 may be payable to certain individuals relocating from highly rural areas if they reside in a county with 6 persons or less per square mile (as determined by the most recent decennial census) and either:

1. Physically relocate at least 500 miles to attend an educational institution or

2. Travel by air to physically attend an educational institution if no other land-based transportation exists

Post 9/11 GI Bill BAH/MHA Calculator
Type Zip Code of the school or college you’re attending and E-5 with dependents to determine the MHA rate.

 

YEAR: School ZIP CODE: PAY GRADE:

 

Monthly Housing Allowance Payments

The Monthly Housing Allowance is paid at the nearest 10% level once the training time (e.g number of credits) is determined.  For instance, if your training time is determined to be 68% as calculated above you will be paid 70% of the applicable housing allowance.  If your training time is calculated to be 56% you will be paid 60% of the applicable housing allowance.

Here are some important facts for determining eligibility and individual Post 9/11 GI Bill MHA rates.

Monthly Housing Allowance Facts

  • Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payments are based on the Department of Defense’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for an E-5 with dependents.
  • MHA is based on the zip code of the school or college the student is attending.
  • August 1st of each year is the effective date for the adjustment of MHA – While BAH rates are adjusted every calendar year and effective on January 1st the post 9/11 GI Bill MHA is effective at the beginning of the academic year which is set at August 1st.
  • BAH Decreases – Adjusted MHA rates typically will NOT be adjusted down (decreased).  Service members have individual rate protection against any BAH decrease and the MHA amount will not decrease unless there is a change in school or college or have more than a six-month break in training.
  • BAH Increases – Even though BAH increases are effective January 1st recipient housing allowance stipend will not see an increase until the September payment for training pursued in August.
  • There are some exceptions to MHA.
  • MHA rates terms are commonly interchanged with Post 9/11 BAH rates terms, they are one and the same.
  • The MHA rate for online colleges, schools, or distance learning programs is $754.50.  For more information on how to determine your online MHA rate and eligibility click here.
  • BAH  is paid each month.  However, the first payment may not arrive for several months so plan accordingly.
  • Students cannot receive over the maximum allowable BAH amount.
  • BAH is not paid during winter or summer breaks.  Spring Break counts!
  • Dropping courses can negatively affect MHA (BAH).


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