If you're a military veteran, admissions counselors at University of Maryland University College can assist you with selecting a class schedule that combines online, on-site, and hybrid courses so you can qualify for the higher dollar amount from your housing allowance.
Under the Post‐9/11 GI Bill, your housing allowance is based on a variety of factors, including the following:
- Your eligibility percentage
- Whether you take online, on-site, or hybrid courses
- Where your on-site or hybrid courses meet
- Your rate of pursuit, which is calculated based on the number of credits you take; to be eligible for housing allowance, you must be enrolled at a 60 percent rate of pursuit or greater
Spouses of veterans and children receiving benefits under the Post‐9/11 GI Bill may be eligible for a housing allowance. Children are eligible for housing allowance if the transferor is active-duty.
Balancing Your Course Load
UMUC offers multiple start dates that provide you with the opportunity to accelerate a degree path without an overly ambitious schedule of classes. If you plan to enroll full-time (100 percent rate of pursuit) at the undergraduate level, you'll take 6 credits during two separate eight-week sessions in the fall and spring terms.
By taking these classes in Session 1 and Session 4, you are enrolled in only two courses at a time with a one-week break between each session for a total of at least 12 credits.
The summer requires a somewhat more rigorous academic schedule. If you want to continue to enroll at 100 percent rate of pursuit during the summer, you should consider enrolling in 6 credits in Session 1 and 6 credits in Session 3 for a total of at least 12 credits. Keep in mind that Session 1 and Session 3 overlap for about a month, so you must be prepared to balance 12 credits at once.