(b)Less than one-half-time training. Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, the monthly rate of basic educational assistance for a veteran who is pursuing a course on a less than one-half-time basis is the lesser of:
(1) The monthly rate in paragraph (a)(1) of this section, or
(2) The monthly rate of the cost of the course. If there is no cost for the course, educational assistance is not payable.
(d)Increase (“kicker”) in basic educational assistance rates for service in the Selected Reserve.
(1) The Secretary of the service department concerned may increase the amount of basic educational assistance payable under paragraphs (a), (b), or (c) of this section, as appropriate. The increase (“kicker”) is payable to an individual who has a skill or specialty in which there is a critical shortage of personnel or for which it is difficult to recruit, or, in the case of critical units, retain personnel, if the individual:
(i) Establishes eligibility for educational assistance under § 21.7044(a) or § 21.7080;
(ii) Meets the criteria of § 21.7540(a)(1) with respect to service in the Selected Reserve.
(2) The Secretary of the military department concerned—
(i) Will, for such an increase, set the amount of the increase (“kicker”) payable for full-time training, but the increase (“kicker”) may not exceed $350 per month;
(ii) May set the amount of the “kicker” payable, for a veteran pursuing a program of education less than full time or pursuing an apprenticeship or other on-job training, at an amount less than the amount described in paragraph (e)(2)(i) of this section.
(f)Two veteran cases. VA may pay additional educational assistance to a veteran for a spouse who is also a veteran. This will not bar the payment of additional educational assistance or subsistence allowance under § 21.260 of this part to the spouse for the veteran. If the veteran is paid additional educational assistance for a child, that will not bar payment of additional educational assistance or subsistence allowance under § 21.260 of this part to the spouse for the same child.