With the deadline to join the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program fast approaching, we thought we'd share some of the helpful FAQs from the VRAP site to help our veteran readers that may be unsure if the program is right for them. Be sure to visit the VRAP page for complete information -- and apply before September 30th!
Who can use VRAP?
To qualify, a Veteran must:
- Be at least 35 and no more than 60
- Be unemployed
- Have an other than dishonorable discharge
- Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g., the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
- Not be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployab
What can I use the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program for?
Participants must enroll in a program approved for VA benefits offered by a Community College or Technical School. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate and train you in a high demand occupation.
Can I pursue an Associate’s degree or certificate program at a 4- year school?
VRAP only provides assistance for approved training offered at community colleges and technical schools. The term “community college” includes those educational institutions listed on the Department of Education's National Center for Educational Statistics’ College Navigator website as 2-year institutions.
How much does the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program pay?
You may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program.
Is this like the Post- 9/11 GI Bill and how VA pays for my tuition and fees?
No. The benefit will be paid directly to you and you are responsible for paying your expenses including tuition, fees, and books.