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Military BAH 2013 - Santa Clarita, CA

Monday, July 8, 2013

Canyon Country and Santa Clarita veterans, National Guard, and Reservists using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to fund their college education should be aware that the new housing stipends for 2013 go into effect starting Aug. 1, 2013, and the first adjusted payments will be issued starting Sept. 1, 2013 (1). Find out how much you can get as a full-time student in Canyon Country and what you’ll need to do to make sure you don’t miss out.

Determining the 2013 Housing Stipend for Santa Clarita Veterans

The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status (2). It allows veterans, National Guard, and Reservists who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill an extra buffer each month to focus on going to school instead of paying for rent. For 2013, the BAH, as determined by the Department of Defense, increased nationally by an average of 3.8 percent (2). For Canyon Country and Santa Clarita veterans, National Guard or Reservists at the E-1 pay grade, that means an extra $213/month for a new monthly total of $2,061 in 2013 if you’re living with dependents and an extra $72/month for a new monthly total of $1,545 if you’re living without dependents. For differences in allowance based on your pay rate, visit the BAH calculator.

What if the Housing Stipend decreased for my zip code or pay grade?

Unless you switch schools or take more than a six month break, your housing stipend will remain the same even if your area saw a decrease (1). While most areas have seen an increase since 2012 if you happen to live in an area that saw a decrease, there’s no need to worry. Thanks to “individual rate protection”, which was adopted by Congress more than 10 years ago, your housing stipend check will remain the same. If, however, your area saw an increase, you can look forward to a little more money in your housing stipend check every month (2).

What do I have to do to take advantage of a larger Housing Stipend?

The good news is that the only thing you need to do is stay in school and the VA will adjust your housing stipend accordingly (1). There aren’t any extra forms or paperwork to fill out, so don’t worry!

What if I’m taking courses online?

Students taking 100% of their courses online are eligible for a monthly stipend equal to half of the national average stipend, which was $684 for 2012 (3).

References:

1.     http://www.military.com/education/gi-bill/2012-housing-stipend-faqs.html

2.     http://www.military.com/benefits/military-pay/basic-allowance-for-housing/basic-allowance-for-housing-rates.html

3.     http://www.military.com/education/gi-bill/new-post-911-gi-bill-overview.html

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