Are you interested in returning to school or jumpstarting a new career? Consider applying to one of several VA education or career programs for Veterans, including Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E), Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) or the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP).
Veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 10% that limits their ability to work or prevents them from working may be eligible for VR&E – a program designed to help Veterans explore employment options and address education or training deficiencies. You can apply online or contact a local VBA Regional Office. Once the application is received, a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor will schedule an initial evaluation with you and determine a formal entitlement to the program.
The VET TEC program assists Veterans looking to re-skill (or upskill) for a career in the high-tech industry. Eligible Veterans and service members can receive educational assistance in such fields as computer programming, data processing and information science, and may receive a housing scholarship while in training. Visit the VET TEC webpage to learn more about the program, eligibility requirements and the application process.
Veterans not entitled to the Post-9/11 GI Bill or without a service-connected disability may still qualify for VA education benefits for a limited time through VRRAP, which offers training and education to support employment in high-demand jobs for Veterans unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To be eligible for the VRRAP program, you must:
- Be at least 22 years old, but not older than 66.
- Not be rated as totally disabled because you can’t work.
- Not be enrolled in a federal or state jobs program.
- Not currently be receiving unemployment benefits.
Veterans who meet all of the above qualifications can apply and may receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees, as well as a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates. VRRAP is a temporary benefit (enrollment deadline is December 11, 2022). Additional information is available on the VRRAP website.
For general questions about GI Bill benefits, call the Education Call Center at 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551), or 001-918-781-5678, if calling from outside of the United States.