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Are There Any Online Full-Time Technical Schools That Accept VRAP?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Need an online full –time technical school that will accept VRAP as its funding source. Please help!

A: There are actually quite a few schools where you can use the VRAP GI Bill. One of the best ways to identify the schools is through the College Navigator search program. First, start by clicking on the Browse Programs button, and select the career of your choice. If you are looking for a technical school, then most likely you will want to check certification for a Level of Award, but it could be an associate’s degree too, depending on your selected field.

Finally select your Institution Type — whether you are looking for public or private school and if they are a two-year school or less than two years. The list of schools the sites returns are ones that match your selected options. Then, you would have to go school-by-school and click on each school’s website to see if they offer their program as an online option.

As you know, under the VRAP program, you are eligible for up to 12 additional months of training in a high demand field. The pay you would get is the same as if you were using the Montgomery GI Bill - $1,473 per month currently at the time of this writing. Out of your monthly money, you have to pay your own tuition, fees, books, etc.

Once you are finished with your training program, the Department of Labor offers resources to help you find a job.

Comments  (11)

ACOT.edu is a full time approved school with a staff ready to help and answer your questions. we have students in the system and receiving funds already as apposed to many other schools that are not ready and do not truly have all the facts.

posted by Lute Atieh
10:34 pm on September 4, 2012


posted by david
3:27 pm on November 29, 2012

“ITT TECH does”

Yeah, if you want to spend an $18,000 benefit on an Associate degree program that costs over $40,000. I had to dig deep just to find that information. I wouldn’t suggest wasting your time with them. ACOT, mentioned above, is over $14,000. Looks like these clowns want ALL of the benefit, huh, and leave nothing for us for other expenses. Right now, I’d say your best bet is the local Community or Tech College. I’ll keep looking, but the cheapest online program I’ve found is over $9000 for a 12 month certificate (photography and multimedia) from Sessions College (based in AZ). They want over $900 a month of the benefit on a payment plan. Personally, I wouldn’t trust them. They seem way too eager to get at you. Good luck!

posted by Johnny B
3:17 pm on December 10, 2012

I called them and they do not accept VRAP for online classes. They accept GI BILL and Federal Grant programs like PELL, etc.

posted by Martha
3:01 pm on December 21, 2012

I don’t think it is so much that ITT doesn’t accept VRAP as much as it is the ITT is not approved by the VA as a VRAP school because it also has four-year Bachelor degree programs, something not approved by VRAP.

posted by Ron Kness
10:27 am on December 23, 2012

ITT accepts the GI Bill, but they are not approved for VRAP due to the fact they also teach bachelor degree programs.

posted by Ron Kness
10:29 am on December 23, 2012

Jonny B is right! The cheapest you’ll find is ACOT for a DIPLOMA in Computer Programming (about $8,200) or Sessions College for the Cerificate in Photography. Also remember that you can use the Pell Grant in conjunction with VRAP…

posted by Phol
6:13 pm on January 23, 2013

I want to know will a VRAP grant effect my disability award?

posted by gerry albers
12:01 pm on March 14, 2013

I’m sorry Gerry, but I can’t help you with that as I’m not a disability expert. I have a hard enough time trying to keep up with the GI Bill. From the GI Bill side, I’m not sure you could get VRAP funding if you are getting disability payment. If you are denied VRAP, have you tried VocRehab?

posted by Ron Kness
8:23 am on March 16, 2013

The three online schools I have found, with enrollment throughout the year, follows.

They are all a little pricey taking between $800-900 a month out of your $1500(+), but I guess something is better than nothing.

Criteria: VRAP approved, online classes, monthly enrollment, VRAP “friendly”, monthly payments.


Thanks you all for your service, and best wishes!

posted by Doc
1:35 pm on March 28, 2013

Thanks for the information Doc.

posted by Ron Kness
9:42 am on March 29, 2013
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