How To Use Your GI Bill

Since the first year that veterans could use the GI Bill for certification and training, tens of thousands have utilized their GI Bill or other Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits to attend non-college degree programs, apprenticeships or on-the-job training.

Darrell Roberts, executive director for Helmets to Hardhats, an organization that helps veterans transition into construction industry jobs says the revised Post-9/11 GI Bill to make apprenticeship training more attractive to veterans since apprentices can receive financial assistance while they learn a craft that offers middle-class wages and benefits. There are similar stories happening in other industries as well.

Here is how to use your GI Bill For Certification And Training

Non-college degree programs

The GI Bill 2.0 pays for all in-state tuition and fees at public trade schools, vocational schools and certificate programs, and up to $19,198 per year at private and foreign institutions (edit: as of 8/15 – $21,084.89). For full-time students, it also pays $83 per month for books and supplies and a housing allowance equal to BAH for an E-5 with dependents in the ZIP code where the school is based.

On-the-job training and apprenticeship training

Students will receive 100 percent of the housing allowance during their first six months of training. The housing allowance will decrease every six months until reaching a level of 20 percent in the third and subsequent years of training. Pays $83 per month for books and supplies.

Flight programs

Pays up to $10,000 per academic year for vocational flight training. Individuals pursuing flight training through a degree program at a public institution of higher learning will receive unlimited in-state costs, while students at private degree-granting schools will receive up to $19,198 a year. Only students pursuing flight training through a degree program will be eligible for the housing allowance or book stipend.

Distance learning

Pays the in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school or $8,500, whichever is less. Distance learners also will receive a housing allowance equal to 50 percent of the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents.

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