Veterans Administration / GI Bill®
Funding is approved for either the Montgomery GI Bill® (chapter 30) or the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (chapter 33). If you are eligible for VA vocational rehab benefits, FTI is approved to accept those as well! For help determining which GI Bill® is right for you and to apply for your GI Bill® education benefits, visit www.va.gov.
Here are some basics to know about using your benefits for flight training:
- If you choose to use the Montgomery GI Bill®, you will be reimbursed directly from VA for only 60% of your total training costs. With the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, you can be reimbursed up to 100% of your training, depending on your eligibility percentage; that percentage is based on your time in service, and the VA will give you that number.
- Regardless of the number of benefits you have remaining, the VA puts an annual cap on the dollar amount it will reimburse for flight training. For the academic year 2019-2020, the flight cap is $13,986.72. The VA academic year is August 1 – July 31. If you use more than this annual cap for flight training within the same academic year, you will be responsible for the cost of any amount over the flight training cap. This cap increases in August of every year; it will increase on August 1, 2020. Specific information on flight school reimbursement can be found at https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rates/ch33/ch33rates080119.asp.
- Reimbursement for flight training using GI Bill® benefits does not allow a housing allowance or the books-and-supplies stipend.
Here is what you will need to do in order to train with FTI using your GI Bill® benefits:
- If you have not applied for your benefits, got to va.gov and start the process. FTI needs a copy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility, and it can take the VA 30 days or longer to get that to you!
- If you have already used GI Bill® benefits, you can provide a Statement of (remaining) Benefits from the VA website. FTI can use this SOB in lieu of a Certificate of Eligibility to determine if you will have enough benefits remaining to cover your training costs. Be mindful of the annual VA flight cap above when planning!
- FTI will need a FIRST CLASS medical done within 6 months of the first day of your training. This is a VA requirement that cannot be waived.
- General information on flight training using a GI Bill® program can be found at: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/flight_training.asp.
FTI is veteran-run and is always ready and available to help fellow veterans use this incredible reward for your service! If you have any questions about using your GI Bill® benefits for FTI’s top-notch advanced flight training programs, contact the FTI VA School Certifying Official, Carol Vasina, at 303-329-0999! FTI looks forward to serving those who have served!