Veterans Services FAQs

What is the STEM Extension?

Veterans Services FAQs


How do I apply for the STEM Extension?


What is BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing)?

How much BAH (Basic Allowance for House) am I eligible for?


BAH percentages based on enrolled credits:

Credit hours Training Time


Rate of Pursuit


1 - 5

Not Payable




Not Payable




7/12 = 0.58


MHA * .6


8/12 = 0.67


MHA * .7


9/12 = 0.75


MHA * .8


10/12 = 0.83


MHA * .8


11/12 = 0.92


MHA * .9


12/12 = 100%


Full MHA


Veteran Service FAQs

  • Yes, if the courses you are enrolled in apply to your degree or
  • VA can pay benefits for courses taken at secondary If the student is only enrolledat the secondary school (supplemental enrollment), VA will pay for the credits taken at the secondary school. If the student is enrolled at the primary school and the secondary school at the same time (concurrent enrollment), VA will pay for the combined credit, taking overlapping enrollment dates into account.
  • A Parent Letter from your primary institution is needed for this. You must submit theParent Letter to your secondary institution to let them know what courses you will be taking and the term dates of the courses. This lets the school know how to certify your benefits.

  • VA will not pay benefits for courses not required to complete your degree or
  • If we report that you received a grade which does not count toward your graduation, youmay have to repay all benefits the VA paid for the course (tuition and housing and if the dropped courses drop you to half-time enrollment, you would have to return all BAH paid to you for that term).
  • The exception to this rule is Rounding Out. This is an option for Chapter 33 Veterans onlyto ‘round out’ to full-time enrollment in their final semester/term; if their remaining credits needed to graduate would make them have less than full-time enrollment. This option is only available in the student’s graduating term.

  • If you withdraw from one or more courses after the end of your school’s drop period andreceive grades that don’t count toward your graduation requirements, you may have to repay all the benefits VA paid for the course from the beginning of the term (including BAH).
  • You may not have to repay the benefits if you show that the change was due toextenuating

Withdrawal circumstances the VA may accept include:

  • Extended illness
  • Lack of child care
  • Unscheduled changes in your employment
  • Severe illness or death in your immediate family

Note: You should send supporting documentation directly to the VA.

Circumstances the VA may not accept are:

  • You do not like your professor/instructor
  • You attempted too many courses at one time
  • You withdrew to avoid failing the class

Note: If you withdraw from a class, you must email Veteran Services, to have your enrollment adjusted. If you do not, you will create a debt with the VA for BAH paid to you for that class.