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COVID-19 Legislation

Based on the new law, Post 9/11 GI Bill students who pursue resident courses converted to an online modality solely due to COVID 19 will continue to receive the MHA rate for resident training. The law only authorizes this special authority from March 1, 2020, to December 21, 2020. VA will continue to pay GI Bill benefits regardless of the change from resident to online training to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

This law covers courses that were moved from campus (resident) to online due to COVID-19. If you choose to take solely online courses, those that were always offered as online instruction, your housing rate will be half the national average per month of $916.50 for full time enrollment.

Public Law No: 116-128 03/21/2020

Contact us via email with questions 


Campus courses moved online due to COVID-19 will qualify as resident courses for Monthly Housing Allowance purposes. This guide will help you determine if your course(s) will qualify.


Post 9/11, Fry Scholarship and Voc Rehab recipients attending MSU Denver this fall will need to register and verify their class status to ensure they have at least (1) class that is labeled as being taken on the “Main” campus along with being registered for 12 or more credit hours for undergraduate and 6 credits hours for graduate to be considered full time and eligible for the full Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA). Although it may be taught online a Main Campus course will qualify as on campus (resident) for MHA.


Courses are listed as either being on Main Campus, or Online Campus. This information can be accessed under Register->Class Registration->Student Detail Schedule (Fall 2020 Semester) when starting from the MSU Denver main page found here: Student Hub. This information is found under Campus and is circled in red below.


  • Along with these categories, students will also see that a class may be considered synchronous, asynchronous, or main/face-to-face. This information can be found under the Where column circled in blue below and informs the student as to how their class will be conducted.


  • A course labeled as Synchronous – A type of online learning, synchronous courses include required live virtual class sessions on a consistent, predetermined schedule. These courses may have weekly course meetings, midterm or finals study sessions, or live group project requirements. 


  • Asynchronous – Also a type of online learning, asynchronous courses allow students to review course content and complete course requirements without needing to attend live, required virtual sessions. Asynchronous course content can include record lectures, readings, videos, audio lessons, PowerPoints and notes. Asynchronous learning requires review of content within a predetermined timeframe, but those windows are usually within days or weeks, not hours like required live lectures.


  • Lastly, courses listed as Main/Face-To-Face – These courses will meet on campus in fall 2020 with fewer students per classroom than past semester, students and faculty adhering to social-distancing guidelines, and additional cleaning and safety procedures implemented across campus.                                                                                                                                                                    



Please visit the Office of the Registrar Fall Registration Guide for more details. Fall 2020 Course Registration & Online Course Formats Guide

Fall 2020 GI Bill® Information


  • Fall - Undergraduate full time for VA benefits is 12 credits from 8/17/2020 to 12/12/2020. Partial term courses can impact benefit payments.
  • For graduate coursework please refer to the University Catalog for full-time requirements. (6 credits in, Fall, Spring and Summer) 
  • Benefits are prorated when enrolled less than full time. 
  • Post 9/11 requires enrollment of greater than half time (at least 7 credits during fall) to receive Monthly Housing Allowance. 
  • Distance learning courses (online, correspondence, self-paced online) can affect Post 9/11 MHA. Contact us with questions. 
    • Resident courses moved online by the school due to COVID-19 are excluded from this rule (see guide above)
  • Self-paced Online courses CANNOT be certified until course completion. This will affect all benefit types should you register for a course of this type. 
  • Post 9/11, students need to submit a Certification Request no later than 8/17/2020 for fall to avoid service fees. Tuition does not need to be paid up front when a certification is submitted on time and you can disregard any notice about your balance unless you are less than 100% eligible for Post 9/11. 
  • Only courses that are required for your degree can be certified.
  • Please read other important reminders in the box below. 

After registration, you must submit a Certification Request in order to receive your benefits.


Current Post 9/11 Payment Rates (100% eligibility)

Zip CodeVA Rate* DOD Rate
80217 $2300 $2208
* DOD Rate applies to the Post 9/11 GI Bill students who had not previously used their benefits before 1/1/2018.

These payments are prorated (not a full payment) for months when you are not in class the entire month. (January, May, June, August, December) 

Important Reminders

All Benefits 

  • The VA pays in arrears (first of the month for the prior month) and prorated for any month in which you are not in class for the full month
  • All students must submit a Certification Request after registration for each semester they intend to receive VA payments. 
  • Only courses that are degree requirements can be certified
  • Online remedial courses are prohibited from being certified for VA benefits
  • Inform us of ANY registration changes so we can report that in a timely manner and advise you of the impact.

 Post 9/11 & Fry Scholarship 

  • Students in only distance learning courses (online, self-paced and correspondence) are only eligible for Half the National Average of BAH
  • Book stipend is capped at 24 credits for the academic year. If you attend full time in Fall and full time in Spring, you will not receive a book stipend for Summer
  • If you attend half time or less you will not receive BAH. BAH eligibility
  • Active Duty members are not eligible for the BAH.  If you separate from active duty during the term or applied for benefits prior to separation the VA will need your DD214 to change your status.
  • VA Will Not Pay For Any Tivoli Book Store Charges to Your Account 
  • The VA will pay for the mandatory school health insurance if you are 100% eligble for Post 9/11 GI Bill. Keep the additional insurance even if you already have coverage. 

Post 9/11, Fry Scholarship & Voc Rehab

  • Once the add/drop deadline passes and charges are solidified tuition and fees will be reported to the VA for Post 9/11 and Fry
  • Voc Rehab will be paid by your counselor when they are invoiced after add/drop by the Bursars Office

  Montgomery GI Bill (Chapters 30 & 1606)

  • You must verify your enrollment with the VA 
  • Verify the last day of the month to release payment
  • Call 1-877-823-2378 or visit W.A.V.E to verify enrollment

In accordance with section 103, Public Law 115-407, Metropolitan State University of Denver will not penalize or limit the participation of students covered under the Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill ® or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation while awaiting the payment of tuition and fees by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The University will not drop covered students for non-payment.

  1. To be a covered individual, MSU Denver will require the following documentation by the first payment deadline, no later than the first day of the start of the term:
    1. Certificate of Eligibility; or
    2. Statement of benefits; or
    3. VA Form 28-1905; and
    4. Certification Request by the first day of the term.
  2. If the student fails to request this status by the start of the term, the student will be subject to service charges as stated on the Bursar’s Office website.
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