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5.23.2011

GI Bill: Changes to Flight Training

If you are going to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill for flight training this fall, make sure you check out the VA's GI Bill website for the latest information:

Not available under the Dependents Education Assistance program. Not available under the Post-9/11 GI Bill prior to October 1, 2011


This benefit is available for Flight Training such as:
•Rotary wing qualification
•B747-400 Qualification
•Dual Qualification
•Flight engineer

In order to qualify, you must have a private pilot's license and valid medical certification before beginning training. Payments are issued after the training is completed and the school submits information to the VA.

Flight training under Montgomery GI Bill or REAP
If you are training under the Montgomery GI Bill or REAP the VA will reimburse you for 60% of the approved charges.

Flight Training Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
If you are in an approved flight training course you will receive your housing allowance and the books and supplies stipend. The Yellow Ribbon Program may apply for those enrolled in degree programs.

Approved Flight Training Courses
•Currently if you are training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill you can only be paid if your flight training is in a program leading to a college degree and we will pay the approved charges not to exceed the state maximums.
•Effective October 1, 2011 the following flight training reimbursement is approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill:
◦If you are enrolled in any degree program that consists of flight training at a public Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the resident in-state cost of the training
◦If you are enrolled in any degree program that consists of flight training at a private Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the full cost of the training or $17,500 per academic year, whichever is less
◦If you are enrolled in any type of vocational flight training you can be reimbursed up to the full cost of training or $10,000 per academic year, whichever is less

That should clear it up! 

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