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Santa Monica College|Student Services|Veterans Resource Center|Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) - Chapter 33

Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) - Chapter 33

Housing Allowance (ground enrollment or ground+distance enrollment combination)

Eligibility/Rate of Pursuit
All enrollment's rate of pursuit must be greater than 1/2.

For those attending classes at the greater than ½ time rate, a monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing​ for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. 

Your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Your MHA is based on the ZIP code for your school. MHA rate increases based on BAH increases are effective August 1 (the beginning date of the academic year). For more information about MHA increases or decreases click here.

The housing allowance is paid at a percentage based on your training time. For more information click here.
MHA Rate Exceptions
Type of School MHA Rate
Foreign School $1,509.00
Schools in US Territories E-5 with dependents OHA Rate for school location
Exclusively Online Training (No Classroom Instruction) $754.50
Attending classes at ½ time or less NOT PAYABLE
Active Duty Trainee (or transferee spouse of servicemember) NOT PAYABLE​
Distance only Enrollment
For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents.

Foreign School Enrollment
For those attending foreign schools (schools without a main campus in the U.S.) the MHA rate is fixed  The academic year begins on August 1. (Active duty students & their spouses cannot receive the MHA.)

Please refer to GIBILL website for updated information - see link below: