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How Does Flight Training Affect My GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am curious to understand flight training benefits. I just finished my private rotorcraft license last spring. Now I need to find out how to benefit from this bill. Could you send me the most up to date helicopter training benefits and options? I seem to find lots of conflicting info on the net. I would certainly appreciate it. Phil

A: Hi Phil. Actually the VA’s flight training policy is quite straightforward. If you are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VA will pay up to $10,970.46 per year on flight training certification courses. As far as entitlement use, your remaining benefit would be reduced based on the length of the course.

However if you choose to take a four-year aviation course, then the VA treats it as they do any other four-year course. If attending a public school, they will pay up to 100% of the resident tuition. If attending a private school, they will pay up to $19,198.31 per year. Plus regardless whether you take certification courses or the four-year degree route, you also get the housing allowance and book stipend.

If you are using the Montgomery GI Bill instead, then you use up one month of entitlement for each $1,648 the VA pays toward your flight training, meaning you could use up a month of entitlement sooner than attending one month of school. For other types of training, normally the MGIB pays $1,648 per month, so you use up one month of entitlement for each month of school.

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