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Flight Training

Want to become a pilot? Find out how your VA education benefits can help pay for flight training.

Can I get benefits for flight training if I have remaining entitlement under the GI Bill?

You can get benefits for flight training if you meet the requirements listed below.
Both of these must be true. You:

  • Have a private pilot’s license, and
  • Have a second-class medical certificate valid for second-class privileges—or a first-class medical certificate if you want to pursue the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.

Who’s covered?

Anyone who qualifies for any of the GI Bill programs.
Exception: You aren’t covered if you’re using Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA).

What benefits can I get?

The benefits depend on the benefit program you use:

If you use the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), we’ll pay you back for 60% of the approved fees.
Learn about MGIB-AD.
Learn about REAP.
View the current payment rates for MGIB-AD and REAP.

If you use the Post-9/11 GI Bill, your payment depends on the program and the type of school you’re going to:

  • If your school is a stand-alone Part 141 pilot school, we’ll pay the school for the net cost of training up to a yearly limit.*
  • If you’re enrolled in a degree program that consists of flight training at a public college or university, we’ll pay back the school for the net cost of tuition and fees.*
  • If you’re enrolled in a degree program that consists of flight training at a private college or university, we’ll pay back the school for the net cost of tuition and fees up to a yearly limit.*

View the current payment rates for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

*Your level of eligibility and/or your remaining entitlement limits the payment amount.

Find out more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to apply for benefits. Apply for education benefits.