More Options for Using Your VA Benefits
Expanded Housing Allowance (MHA) Requirements
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently made changes which allow students to further maximize their Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits, specifically in regard to the housing allowance (MHA). This benefit offers a stipend to defray cost of living expenses while the veteran is enrolled in a degree program; however, in the past, students taking online and/or hybrid courses were not eligible for the full housing allowance.
Starting with our 2019 Fall Term, hybrid courses are now certified as face-to-face courses for GI Bill® purposes, allowing for the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) to be paid in full.
“For students who live close to a campus, the face-to-face classes are great in regards to the extra housing stipends. But for those students who live further away—say an hour or more from a campus—the decision to attend a weekly class is a significant commitment. With the VA’s decision to allow hybrid courses, which meet on campus at least once a week and include online learning, the commitment to attend a face-to-face class is more manageable and will provide better work/life balance,” shared Jason Kovarik, Military and Veterans Benefits Coordinator.
For more information about using your military benefits, please visit: granite.edu/tuition-aid/military-benefits.