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Definition of Full Time Status for VA Benefits

APUS offers courses in an 8 week and 16 week format. Courses start each month at APUS. All VA enrollments are based on a student’s monthly enrollment status. Overlapping course starts may result in differing enrollment statuses than those below.

Course Load and Student Status for VA Benefits

Student status for VA Benefits is based on monthly course load. The chart below applies to VA Benefit requirements for full, three quarter, or half-time benefit levels.

Session of CoursesMonthly Course LoadStudent StatusRate of Pursuit1,2
Master's Level: 8-Week Courses4+ Credit hoursFull-time1.00
3 Credit hoursThree-quarter time.75
 
Master's Level: 16-Week Courses9+ Credit hoursFull-time1.00 
6 Credit hoursThree-quarter time.75
3 Credit hoursHalf-time.38
 
Undergraduate: 8-Week Courses6+ Credit hoursFull-time1.00
5 Credit hoursThree-quarter time.83
4 Credit hoursThree-quarter time.67
3 Credit hoursHalf-time.56
2 Credit hoursLess than Half-time.38
 
Undergraduate: 16-Week Courses12+ Credit hoursFull-time 1.00
9 Credit hoursThree-quarter time.75 
6 Credit hoursHalf-time.50 
4 Credit hoursLess than Half-time.33
3 Credit hoursLess than Half-time.25 
  1. BAH is only payable for a rate of pursuit greater than .50.
  2. Rate of Pursuit is calculated by Department of Veterans Affairs. This calculation is determined by training level, credits taken in a term, and length of term. APUS does not calculate the Rate of Pursuit.

Please note:  The above chart does not apply to Federal Student Aid (FSA). If you are applying for Federal Student Aid, there is a different enrollment status standard for determining aid eligibility. Please see the chart below for FSA status definitions.

“GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."

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