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Do I have to enroll as a full-time student to use my VA educational benefits?

Answer ID 603   |    Published 01/17/2002 01:32 PM   |    Updated 06/23/2014 02:55 PM
Do I have to enroll as a full-time student to use my VA educational benefits?

No. You may enroll as a part-time student and still use your VA educational benefits. The VA offers reduced rates for those who do not want to study full-time.

Students who attend on less than a half-time basis are paid by the VA based on the amount of tuition and fees for the course.

Students who enroll for less than half-time and who receive Tuition Assistance (TA) from the Reserves or Guard cannot receive MGIB-SR benefits for the same semester.

At U of M full-time status is:

  • 12 hours for undergraduate students 
  • 9 hours for graduate students

For more information, you may e-mail your questions to the Veterans Administration by using the "Submit a Question" button on the VA website. You may also call the VA toll-free number, 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551), to speak with a veterans benefit representative.

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