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Will the Montgomery GI Bill Pay for a Medical Assistant Course?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’m interested in attending Dover Business College for their medical assistant program, and I would like to know would the Montgomery GI Bill cover that program? Since I’m not getting a degree, but a certification, I was told the Post 9/11 GI Bill will not cover the tuition.

A: What you were told is correct. According to the VA’s approved schools list, Dover is listed as a non-degree school, so the Post 9/11 GI Bill would not cover your Medical Assistant course. However, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) would cover your course and re-imburse you up to $2,000, if you have to pay to take your certification test. If your certification test is included as part of your course, then you would not be authorized re-imbursement, because you did not incur any additional charges. The MGIB is a good choice for non-degree courses such as:

  • trade;
  • technical;
  • license;
  • certification.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is generally geared toward degree-producing courses, however, it may pay for non-degree courses, if they are taught by a school also teaching degree courses. Since Dover is listed as strictly a non-degree school, there isn’t a chance of your course being paid for by the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

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