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Using the GI Bill for Flight Training

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NOTE: Flight training is not available under the Dependents Education Assistance program.

Your GI Bill benefits can be used for Flight Training such as:

  • Rotary wing qualification
  • B747-400 Qualification
  • Dual Qualification
  • Flight engineer

In order to qualify, you must have a private pilot's license and valid medical certification before beginning training. Payments are issued after the training is completed and the school submits information to the VA.

Flight training under Montgomery GI Bill
If you are training under the Montgomery GI Bill the VA will reimburse you for 60% of the approved charges.

Flight Training Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

Payment for flight training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill varies depending on the type of flight training you are enrolled in:

  • If you are enrolled in any degree program that consists of flight training at a public Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the resident in-state cost of the training.
  • If you are enrolled in any degree program that consists of flight training at a private Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the full cost of the training or $22,805.34 per academic year, whichever is less.
  • If you are enrolled in any type of vocational flight training you can be reimbursed up to the full cost of training or $13,031.61 per academic year, whichever is less

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