Calculating Semester Enrollment & Information About VA Educational Benefit Payments

The Department of Veterans Affairs not individual colleges, makes the conversion using the following formula.  It is not the responsibility of college personnel to complete these calculations. 

Training Time (Chapters 30, 32, 35, 1606, 1607, and VRAP)

VA benefits are paid based on training time. In a standard quarter or semester, VA measures training time as follows:

  • 12 credits or more are full-time
  • 9-11 credits are ¾-time
  • 6-8 credits are ½-time
  • 4-5 credits are less than ½-time (<½-time)
  • 1-3 credits are ¼-time or less (<¼-time)

The following VA web pages wil help you calculate your training time:

Education and Training: Comparison Tool