Rate of Pursuit for Monthly Stipend

Full time status for BAH/MHA or monthly stipend purposes is controlled by something the VA calls "Rate of Pursuit," which is based on how many credits you take and the length of the semester. 

For Chapter 33 Post 9/11 students must be at 51% or greater Rate of Pursuit to receive any BAH/MHA. Also, at least one class must be taken on campus.

The following is a list of how many hours you need to take to be full time:

Length in Weeks
Full term
15 weeks
12 hours
A or B Term
6 weeks
4 hours
12-week Term
12 weeks
9 hours

The VA calculates the amount of monthly monetary entitlement based on the amount of credits taken during a standard semester, defined by the VA as 15-18 weeks in length.

Standard semester calculation (15-18 weeks):

  • 3 credits per semester is less than half-time
  • 6 credits per semester is half-time
  • 7 credits per semester is more than half-time
  • 12 credits per semester is full-time

Seminole State semesters may run shorter than a standard semester; therefore, the following formula can be used to determine the entitlement eligibility for courses taken:

18 x the number of credits taken, divided by the length of the semester, measured in weeks.

18 x 4=72.  72/6=12

Example Explained:

You have registered for one, 4-credit course, for a total of 4 credits, which run for 6 weeks.

18 x 4 (# of credits) = 72. 

Divide 72 by 6 (# of weeks)

Equals 12 (credit hour equivalent in full semester).

Using the above example, the VA would consider 4 undergraduate credit hours at to be equivalent to 12 credits, or full-time attendance, for that semester.


Office of Veteran Student Services
Fax: 407.708.2564
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus:  Student Center (SC), Room 266 - 2nd Floor