Rate of Pursuit and Training Time
Rate of Pursuit (Chapter 33)
VA calculates rate of pursuit by dividing the credit hours (or credit hour equivalents) being pursued by the number of credit considered to be full-time by the school. The resulting percentage is the student’s rate of pursuit.
The Chapter 33 housing allowance is paid if rate of pursuit is more than 50%.
Training Time (Chapter 30,32,35,1606,1607, and VRAP)
VA benefits are paid based on training time. In a standard semester, VA measures training time as follows:
12 credits are full-time
9-11 credits are ¾-time
6-8 credits are ½ time
4-5 credits are less than ½ time
1-3 credits are ¼ time or less
Summer Terms and Non Standard enrollment Periods
Standard semesters are 15 to 19 weeks in length. Standard semesters adhere to the school’s academic calendar. When a session or course doesn’t follow this standard format, the actual begin date, end date, and credit for the course will be certified. Courses taken during a defined session- an eight week summer session, for example-should be certified from the beginning date to the ending date of the session if the courses start the first week and end the last week of the session.
Equivalent credit hours (Non-33 Undergraduate)
VA converts credit earned during nonstandard quarters or semesters to equivalent credit hours. VA makes the conversion, not the schools. Schools must report actual credit. Refer to credit hour equivalency tables. The formula for converting semesters to credit equivalents is the same, except for the multiplier.
The formulas are:
Semester: Credit x 18 weeks = credit hour equivalents. Four semester credits earned in 4 weeks is the equivalent of 18 credits earned during a standard semester (4 x 18 ÷ 4 =18) and will pay for full time for 4 weeks.
VA pays education benefits for nonstandard enrollment periods based on credit equivalents. Remember, schools report actual number of credits; VA makes the conversion. When enrollment periods overlap, credit hour equivalents for the period of overlap are combined.
Rate of Pursuit (Chapter 33 Non- Standard terms)
For non-standard terms, the equivalent credit hours will be determined prior to computing rate of pursuit. For instance, 4 credit hours in a 4-week term would be the equivalent or 12 hours or 100% rate of pursuit.