Education and Training

VA can help you cover the cost of furthering your education and skills through benefit programs that may pay tuition, housing, training, and other costs.

VA's education and training benefits are provided through these key programs:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Survivors' and Dependents' Assistance

Additional benefits include On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Training, Flight Training, and more. Before you apply, use this chart to determine the right benefit for you. Once you identify the right benefit for your needs, apply. It takes just 30 minutes to apply online.

(See if you are eligible for one-on-one support, counseling, and training to boost your skills and build your career by reviewing VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program.)

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Applying for education and training benefits is a three-step process:

  1. Collect and prepare the necessary paperwork, including:
    • Copies of your discharge or separation papers (the DD-214 or equivalent)
    • Documentation of an enlistment incentive or College Fund—sometimes called a "kicker"—although this isn't required to apply for the GI Bill
  2. Select a school.
  3. Apply.

Tips

  • Plan ahead and apply early—benefits can take a few weeks to process.
  • To secure housing benefits, plan to attend school for more than half time (e.g., seven out of 12 credit hours per term).
  • To attend a private or graduate school, inquire about the Yellow Ribbon Program. (VA benefits may not cover all expenses—under the Yellow Ribbon Program, schools make up the difference.)
  • Once accepted, get to know your school's VA-certifying official or officials.
You may be eligible for VA benefits if you were discharged from active duty under any condition other than dishonorable. Some benefits may be used by active-duty Servicemembers. Spouses, children, and survivors of Veterans or Servicemembers may also be eligible for VA benefits. Consult the VA benefits booklet or visit the nearest VA regional office for more detailed information.