It is important for anyone utilizing VA educational assistance to be aware of hour requirements for each status. Each type of certification is described below.
Note: Hours are based on a 16-week enrollment.
Vocational Clock Hours
College Credit Hours
Amount of Pay***
22 or more
12 or more
75 percent of maximum allowance
50 percent of maximum allowance
10 or less
5 or less
Below 1/2 time, but at least 1/4
25 percent of maximum allowance**
**For training below 1/4 time, the DVA will pay for tuition and fees only. This is not per month, it is total. In some cases, they may send a lump sum payment or they will send a portion of your tuition and fees for each month.
***Chapter 33 pay rate is determined by student's eligibility rate and pursuit of training. (For example: If you are attending school 3/4 time in a 16 week term and your eligibility rate is 80%, then VA will pay 80% of the 3/4 time pay rate.)