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Can I Use My MGIB for Flight School, and Then Transfer to the Post 9/11 GI Bill for Grad School?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I joined the Navy in 2004 and will get out in 2014. I have the MGIB and am eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill. I am interested in pursuing my MBA but do not anticipate it taking more than 18 months. Can I use my MGIB for flight school, and then transfer to the Post 9/11 for Grad school?

A: Whether you can use your Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) for flight school or not depends on what you are considering “flight school”. If you mean to get your private pilot’s license, then most likely the answer is no.

However if you already have your private pilot’s license and you want to pick up some additional commercial pilot qualifications/certifications, then yes, you can use your MGIB. Just so you know, your MGIB would only pay you up to 60% of your flight training costs. So you have to foot the bill on the other 40%. As far as entitlement use, you would use up one month of entitlement for each $1,648 the VA pays you.

Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, it pays up to the full cost of the training or up to $10,970.46 per academic year, whichever is less. Ten thousand dollars doesn’t go far when talking about flight training. But besides the VA paying your tuition directly to your school, you would also get a housing allowance and book stipend. As far as entitlement use, you would use up a day for each day in the course.

I think you are on the right glide path to use your MGIB for flight school. Just be sure to keep back at least 18 months for grad school and then convert to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and let the VA pay your high grad school tuition costs.

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