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Would My Montgomery GI Bill Pay for a Five-Week Truck Driving Course?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have the regular MGIB (not the Post 9/11). I’ve found a trucking school that costs roughly $3,500 for 5 weeks of training with CDL, if you pass the final test. Would my MGIB pay the whole $3,500? If not, what amount would it pay?

A: Most likely it would pay the full amount, although it will use up more than 5 weeks of your MGIB benefits. Because the MGIB pays $1,473 per month to go to school right now, your five-week $3,500 commercial driving school amount would use up almost 2 ½ months of benefits.

Also, if the cost of your CDL (test and endorsements) is not included in the cost of your course, you could can get up to $2,000 in reimbursement for the cost of the test. You have to pay the money up front and then submit VA Form 22-0803 from the VA’s website to get your money back.

Also, before you enroll, be sure to ask if they take the GI Bill and in particular the Montgomery GI Bill. Some schools take one GI Bill, but not others. Even within some schools, one course may be approved for the GI Bill while another course may not. So it never hurts to ask all the questions upfront instead of enrolling in a course, just to find out the course was not GI Bill approved or the school isn’t approved to take your GI Bill.

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