VA training times and pay rates are provided below to provide an approximate monthly rate of pay based on your course load and VA benefit chapter. Institutions are required to report the number of credit hours the veteran is taking and the training time, or course load, for each enrollment period. The chart below reflects the training time based on length of the enrollment period, level of study (undergraduate, graduate, or docorate), and the number of credit hours of enrollment. Below the charts we have provided a few examples of how the VA benefits are paid using this information.
Note: The VA training times indicated above are for the individual enrollment periods only. Each sub-term must be considered individually and cannot be combined with other enrollment periods for the assignment of a training time. These training times are designed for Veterans Affairs benefits only, and should not be used to calculate course loads for financial aid or outside scholarships. For all other purposes (i.e., confirmation of enrollments for lenders, insurance companies, etc.), enrollment status is determined not by individual enrollment periods, but by the entire semester. Students must be enrolled in 6 credit hours per semester to be considered half-time by the Registrar’s office. For more information on enrollment status calculations please go to the Financial Aid website.
Pay rates are effective 1-Oct-2012.
*The VA only pays the amount of Tuition and Fees (for the term) if you are Active Duty or are Less than 1/2-time (with the exception of chapter 1606).
If your training time is Less than 1/2-time, the VA will pay you in one lump sum. To view previous pay rates please go to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Example 1: Derek, who is an undergraduate resident student, is enrolled in 14 credit hours in the resident term. As a resident student, 12 hours in a 16 week term in considered full time for VA purposes. Once students are considered full time, an increase in hours does not denote an increase in pay from the VA. Basically, once you are full time, your pay does not increase, regardless of the number of hours you are in above the full time status, in this case 12 hours.
Example 2: Jessica, who is an undergraduate resident student, is taking 9 hours in the resident term and 3 hours in the online B term. She will be considered full-time to the VA for only the first half of the semester (when the B term overlaps the resident courses). For the second half of the semester she will be considered ¾ time to the VA because she will only be attending 9 undergraduate resident hours.