Full MHA Rates For Hybrid Classes With The Post 9/11 GI Bill Starts Now
As of August 15th, 2019, hybrid classes will now be eligible for the full MHA (Monthly Housing Allowance) rates for housing with your Post 9/11 GI Bill. This will apply for classes that start Aug 15th, 2019 or later. It is NOT retroactive.
While not for purely online classes, there are now some notable inclusion into the Hybrid Class category.
What Are Hybrid Classes?
These are classes where you spend some of the time in an actual classroom and some of the time online.
This includes classes that:
- Require you to go to class once a week, with the remainder online
- Require you to meet the first day of the term, and all midterms and finals in person, with the remainder online
- Meet at the beginning of the term, and then the rest online
- Allow students to voluntarily attend a classroom course one hour a week, as long as the student chooses the classroom option and doesn’t decide to stick with online-only teaching.
Note that if a class meets before the term, and never meets again, that class will not count.
Before The Change
Before this change, there were certain specific qualifications in order to receive the full amount of monthly housing allowance while taking hybrid classes. Otherwise, you would have only received the half payment specified by the VA for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. You can also only receive MHA if you are enrolled greater than half-time.
Distance Learning Defined
Distance learning does include web-based training, one-way, and two-way transmissions through an open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite or wireless communication devices, and audio conferencing. If those are the only way your class is taught, you will not qualify for the full amount.