How to Use Your GI Bill for Certification and Training
There are a number of ways you can use your GI Bill for certification and training. Tens of thousands of military service members and veterans have utilized their GI Bill or other Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits to get training or become certified for career advancement. Using the GI Bill for certification and training is a great way to transition into a fulfilling and successful career. Here is how to use your GI Bill for certification and training.
The Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill provides up to 36 months of full-time payments to eligible veterans and active duty service members for VA-approved education and training programs. To be eligible for this program, you must have received an honorable discharge and contributed to the Buy-Up Program. Benefits are generally payable for 10 years following your release from honorable active service.
If you have received an honorable discharge, you may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. With this program, you can receive funding for public or private education. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.
If you have completed one year of original enlistment and have completed basic training in the National Guard or Selected Reserves and have also been actively serving on a six-year commitment with the National Guard or Selective Reserve unit, you may be eligible for the Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserve. If you are eligible for this program, you may be able to use your education benefits for a technical or vocational school.
If you think that you may qualify for GI Bill benefits, you can apply here: VA education benefits. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, you can check your eligibility. If you’re leaving active service soon, if you’ve been discharged within the past year, or if you’re the dependent of a Veteran, you may be eligible to receive Educational and Career Counseling to understand your eligibility for which program best suits you and learn which form to fill out for that program.
Career Technical Institute offers degrees and certificate training for Veterans and is approved by the Veterans Administration GI Bill to enroll students who qualify for the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill, and the Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill – Select Reserve, as well as other programs. To see the full list of VA-approved programs, click here.