KVCC VA Extension Centers

Monthly Housing Allowance


Section 107 of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to calculate monthly housing payments based on the campus location where a student attends the majority of classes. This provision affects students attending any terms that begin on or after August 1, 2018.  

Section 107 of the Colmery Act requires housing payments to be calculated based on the “campus of the institution of higher learning where the individual physically participates in the majority of classes.” Prior to this law, payments were based on the “institution of higher learning at which the individual is enrolled.” This section of the law will require a new process to allow schools the ability to report the specific zip code locations of program attendance that may not be represented by the VA “facility code(s)” your school has been assigned

Student housing allowance payments have always been based on the housing rates tied to zip codes; however, VA systems use the “facility code” on the enrollment certifications to in turn locate the zip code of the facility in order to pay the student’s housing allowance.

These facility codes and associated zip codes often do not represent the locations that individuals “physically participate” in their program.

VA interprets this statute to include the physical attendance at any location a student’s program may take them. Those locations are often different than the zip code of your “facility code” location:

  • Actual campus locations of the school where the student is taking classes; for example, the school’s science center, humanities building, or athletic center may be in a different zip code than the facility code’s listed zip code.
  • Terms spent in a study abroad program are not located at the certified facility code location.
  • Any internship, externship, practicum, or student teaching experiences may also be in a zip code location other than the one associated with zip code associated with the facility code listed on the enrollment certification.


Extension Centers:

Main Campus

92 Western Ave

Fairfield, Maine 04937


Harold Alfond Campus

23 Stanley Road

Hinckley, Maine 04944


Buker Center

22 Amory Street

Augusta, Maine 04330




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