I see Krys posted something for you.Rotor wrote:Poetic: can you post the link to the VA website that says 12 is the max hours creditable? I've poured over the legislation and the website and have never seen that. Not trying to be argumentative, I just want to make sure I've got the right info.
I understand your confusion. The problem is not specifically the credit hours. It's that they're using 2 separate number but they're only showing you 1 number.
If you're an undergad at State University in let's say Alabama and they charged $200/credit hour and you enroll half time for 10 credits your tuition would be $2000. The maximum per credit hour charge for the state of Alabama is $243.00/credit hour so they would pay the full amount. But let's say you enroll in Private University as an undergrad full time and they charge $400/credit hour for anything 12 hours or more. Your total tuition would be $4800--but the caveat is the the VA won't pay the $4800 because the highest in-state public tuition could only be $2400 (max per credit x full time credit or $200 x 12). So much like privat school students, law students will never get the number of credits we actually take x the max per credit hour because it would exeed the overall cap for the maximum in-state tuition for undergrads.
And since no undergrad institution charges more for taking more credits over the full time amount (which is 12 hours) the most you can receive is the 12 hours x the max credit hours.
So yes they will pay you the max credit hour rate x the number of credits but only up to a certain amount. And as law students we're never going to be under the cap because it's based on the overall undergraduate rate.
I know it's confusing, and I hope I'm explaining it to you correctly.
On my home computer I actually have the breakdown of what the most expensive school in each state is, and what the overall tuition cap will be. Obviously the rates are from 2008-2009. But I think that chart makes a little more sense. If I can find it I'll link it.