Housing Allowance Changes


Changes are coming to the monthly housing allowance for student veterans and veteran dependents using Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

A recent federal law now requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – starting August 1, 2018 – to base the monthly housing allowance on where, by zip code, a student veteran or veteran dependent receives a majority of his or her instruction (classes, labs, etc.).

This change applies only to veterans and dependents using Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) VA educational benefits.

The monthly housing allowances these students currently receive may change, and that monthly amount may vary by semester. Since the amount is determined by the zip code where a majority of these students’ learning takes place, it may differ depending on whether that is on the main FSU campus (32306), in Innovation Park (32310), the Panama City campus (32405), one of the University’s satellite campuses, an international (study abroad) site, or the site of any clinical studies, practicums, internships, externships, etc.

Because of the scope of this change, students using Chapter 33 benefits should expect delays in the processing of their benefits for Fall 2018. Plus, additional documentation will likely be required from these students.

This change is part of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the “Forever GI Bill.” Should you have questions, please contact the FSU Student Veterans Center – (850) 644-9562 / veteran@admin.fsu.edu – or call the VA Education line toll-free at 1-888-442-4551.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the implementation of this substantial change.