Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Adjustments in August
For new students enrolled to start academic year 2015-16 or students returning after a break of one semester or more, the housing allowance rate starting 1 August 2015 will be $1,204 per month, pro-rated by days.
For continuing students, housing allowance rates are grandfathered at the monthly rate you received when you started attending the University of Idaho. Your rates will not decrease with the annual BAH COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) adjustments, but they can increase.
New BAH rates are adjusted annually by federal fiscal year, but are applied for GI Bill purposes on 1 August of each year.
Students receiving the Post 9/11 GI Bill (also called Chapter 33) receive a monthly housing allowance based on their level of benefit and prorated by days of the month. This means, in August, you’ll receive about a week of housing allowance; in December and January about 2-3 weeks of housing allowance each month, depending on where Christmas Break falls, and the same in May, about 2-3 weeks of housing allowance, depending on when Spring term ends. The monthly housing allowance is paid at the end of the month for that month.
Remember that housing allowance is always paid monthly for the previous month or partial month. This is always based on days school is in session and is based on a 30-day month, regardless of calendar days in the month.
- Individuals only enrolled in distance learning courses will be eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Rates will be multiplied by the rate of pursuit rounded to the nearest multiple of 10.
- Monthly Housing Allowance amounts are prorated based on a student’s benefit level and may be further reduced based on your rate of pursuit rounded to nearest multiple of 10. Benefits are only payable when the rate of pursuit is more than 50%, and the student is not on active duty. Rate of pursuit = number of credits you’re taking / number of credits that is full-time. For example, for undergrad students, full-time is 12 credits, so if you’re taking 10 credits then 10/12 = .83 and your rate of pursuit is then 80%. (For graduate students use 9 credits for full-time, or for Law School students use 10 credits for full-time).
- Monthly Housing Allowance payment amounts are based on the Department of Defense’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for an “E-5 with dependents” for the zip code of your school. BAH rates can be found at the following website: www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html
- Active Duty students already receiving BAH do not receive additional BAH as part of their Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits; they continue to receive BAH for the location where they live.