Standard semester are 15
to 19 weeks in length. Standard semester adhere to school's academic
calendar. When a session or course doesn't follow standard format,
courses are certified by the actual begin date, end date, and credit for the session
or course. Courses taken during a define session-an eight week
summer session, for example-should be certified from the beginning
date to the ending date of the session if the course start the first
week and end the last week of the session.
VA converts credit
earned during nonstandard semester to equivalent credit hours. VA makes the conversion, not schools. Schools must report actual
Rate of Pursuit
(Chapter 33 Non-Standard Term
In a standard semester
for Chapter 33 student the rate of pursuit is determined by dividing
the credit hours pursued by the full-time equivalent (normally12).
For instance, 7 credit hours divided by 12 would be 58%.
Chapter 33 students' rate of pursuit must be more than 50% to
receive the monthly housing allowance.
For non-standards terms,
the equivalent credit hours will be determined prior to computing
rate of pursuit. For instance, 4 credit hours in a -week term would
be the equivalent or 12 hours or 100% rate of pursuit.