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Get Paid Back for Test Fees

The GI Bill covers more than just tuition. We may pay you back for the cost of certain tests you need to take to become a licensed or certified professional—or to apply for college or a training course. Only tests approved for the GI Bill are covered under this benefit, so find out what’s approved before you take any tests.

What kind of benefits can I get?

  • If you’re a Veteran and you qualify for the GI Bill, we may pay you back for test fees under $2,000 for a job that requires a license or certification in order for you to work.

    Find out which tests are covered and how much they cost.

    What you should know about test benefits. We:

    • Will pay for tests for as many different covered licenses or certifications as you’d like.
    • Will pay for tests even if you don’t score high enough to get your license or certification. You can take the same test as many times as you need.
    • Won’t pay for fees or costs related to getting the actual license or certification document.

    For tests taken before August 1, 2018, if we paid you back for testing under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we charged you at least a month of entitlement pay. For licensing and certification tests taken after August 1, 2018, we’ll prorate the entitlement charges under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on the actual amount of the fee charged for the test.

  • If you’re a Veteran or Servicemember and you qualify for the GI Bill, we may pay you back for testing fees, including:

    • The cost to register
    • The cost of specialized tests
    • Administrative fees

    We will pay you back for the approved tests listed below:

    Approved college admissions tests:

    • SAT (formerly “Scholastic Assessment Test”)
    • ACT (American College Testing)
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    Approved tests that you can take to earn college credits:

    • AP (Advanced Placement Examination)
    • CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
    • DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
    • ECE (Excelsior College Examinations)
    • PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) testing through learningcounts.org

    Approved graduate school admissions tests:

    • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
    • GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
    • LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
    • MAT (Miller Analogies Test)

    Approved admissions tests for pre-health professional programs:

    • DAT (Dental Admission Test)
    • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
    • OAT (Optometry Admission Test)
    • PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)

    See the complete list of tests and fees.

    We won’t pay you back for these costs:

    • Pretest costs (such as Kaplan tests)
    • Fees to get scores quickly
    • Optional items not required to take an approved test

    For tests taken before August 1, 2018, if we paid you back for testing under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we charged you at least a month of entitlement pay. For national tests taken after August 1, 2018, we’ll prorate the entitlement charges under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on the actual amount of the fee charged for the test.

How do I get this benefit?