Veterans Success Center

Basic Housing Allowance


Housing Allowance

Ground enrollment or ground and distance enrollment combination.

Eligibility/Rate of Pursuit

All enrollment's rate of pursuit must be greater than ½.

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).

The housing allowance is paid at a percentage based on your training time.

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 service member) 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.)

Refer to GI BILL website for updated information.