Academic Requirements for Eligibility
Rate of pursuit applies specifically to Chapter 33. It differs from training time, which is used for all other chapters. Schools certify actual credit. VA calculates rate of pursuit by dividing the number of credit (or credit hour equivalents) being pursued by the number of credit considered to be full-time by the school. The resulting percentage is the student’s rate of pursuit.
Examples: If full-time is 12 credits, then rate of pursuit for:
- 6 credits (or credit equivalents) is 50% (6*12 = 50%)
- 7 credits (or credit equivalents) is 58% (7*12 = 58%)
The basic allowance for housing (BAH) is paid if the student’s rate of pursuit is more than 50%. Rate of pursuit determines whether a student receives or doesn't’t receive the housing allowance. If pursuit is greater than 50% and less than 100% the student receives a pro-rated amount of the housing allowance.
Chapters 30, 1607, 1606, 35, and 31
- Full-time: 12 credits
- 3/4 time: 9 to 11 credits
- 1/2 time: 6 to 8 credits
- Less than 1/2 time: 5 credits or less
Full-time equivalency is defined as regularly enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, full length of the term. Students certified for less than full-time will have their eligibility proportionately extended. Veterans registering for classes which meet for less than the standard 10-11 week session will be certified by the number of credits for the class and the class dates and paid accordingly.