Q: Can / Will I receive 'interval pay' through my Winter Session with the following parameters: Fall Semester ended Dec 12, 2010. Spring starts Feb. 7th, 2011. I am NOT taking Winter Intersession classes as classes I needed were not available, but still want to receive my BAH for remainder of Dec. and all of Jan. The 'interval' involved here is exactly 56 days (falling within the 56 day rule, and the Semester before/after the interval are longer than the interval itself) to the start of Spring, i.e. 7FEB11. Even though I am not taking Winter Intersession classes, will I receive my BAH for Dec/Jan once my enrollment for Spring is rec'd by VA.?
A: You should. I counted out the days and I also get 56 days, which as you indicated falls within the Post 9/11 GI Bill Interval Pay 56-day rule. But in the end, it really doesn’t matter how we count the days, it is how the VA counts them. If their count is the same as ours, you should get break pay. If they count them differently for some reason, then you won’t.
Once your school sends in your spring enrollment form, then yes, you should get your break back pay. Also in case you did not hear, the passage of the GI Bill 2.0 will end break pay starting on August 1, 2011. No longer will you get break pay after that date under any circumstances,, but neither will it cost you entitlement during the time you are between semesters either. In my mind, getting break pay was not a good use of entitlements, because all you get out of it is your housing allowance and not any tuition, fees or book stipend. But many students would rather have the steady income instead of maximizing their benefits.