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Can I Use the Post 9/11 GI Bill for Flight School or My Pilot’s License?

Q: Can I use my Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill for Flight School and in getting my pilot’s license?

A: You can’t use the Post 9/11 GI Bill to get your private pilot’s license, but you might be able to use it for flight school, providing your flight school is a four-year aviation program taught by a VA-accredited college or university.

If you plan on going to a flight school that does not issue you at least an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree, then no, the Post 9/11 GI Bill will not pay for flight school, however, the Montgomery GI Bill would.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is focused on students attending degree-producing schools. If your flight school is a non-degree school, the Post 9/11 GI Bill will most likely not cover your training. The GI Bill in general will not pay you to get a private pilot’s license because that is viewed more of an avocation instead of a vocation.

The whole purpose of using the GI Bill is to get you an education you can use to establish a career and having a private pilot’s license in most cases does not qualify. And yes an argument could be made that being a bush pilot in Alaska is a career, but you would still have to pay for your private pilot’s license.

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