The GI Bill Pays for National Testing Programs
You can use your GI Bill to pay for nationally approved tests such as:
- SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)
- LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
- GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
- AP (Advanced Placement Exam)
- CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
- ACT (American College Testing Program)
- DAT (Dental Admissions Test)
- MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
- MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)
- OAT (Optometry Admissions Testing)
- PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
- ECE (Excelsior College Examinations)
- PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) testing through Learningcounts.org
How Much Will You Receive?
VA will reimburse you the approved cost of the test up to $2,000 per test. There is no limit to the number of tests you can take and you may be reimbursed for retaking a test that you didn't pass. You can also retake tests you passed if the test is required for re-certification or to retain a license you already have. The VA will reimburse you for the following fees:
- Registration fees
- Fees for specialized tests
- Administrative fees
The following fees are not normally reimbursed by the VA:
- Fees to take pre-tests (such as Kaplan tests)
- Fees to receive scores quickly
- Other costs or fees for optional items which are not required to take an approved test
You do not normally have to submit a receipt or proof of payment for the test. However, in these situations, proof of payment is necessary: DSST tests and in certain situations related to CLEP, MAT, and PCAT tests.
How Do You Apply?
If you have not applied for GI Bill benefits you must do that first. See our GI Bill Application page for helpful hints. Once you are eligible for the GI Bill you should complete a VA Form 22-0810 (Application for Reimbursement of National Exam Fee). You do not normally have to submit a receipt or proof of payment for the test. However, in some situations, such as DSST tests, CLEP, MAT, and PCAT tests may require receipts. When in doubt, send a copy of any receipts in with your application..
How is Your GI Bill Entitlement Charged?
For the Post-9/11 GI Bill
According to the VA "the amount of entitlement reduced is proportionate to the cost of the test compared to a monthly entitlement charge rate. Your entitlement charged is rounded to the nearest non-zero whole month." This means that even if your test cost $1 you are charged 1 month of your normal 36 months of GI Bill entitlement. The "monthly entitlement charge rate" changes every year, for the academic year beginning August 1, 2016 the rate is $1,832.96. This means that if you are reimbursed the full $2,000 for a test, you will be charged 2 months of GI Bill entitlement.
For all other GI Bill programs
The amount of entitlement reduced is proportionate for the cost of the test compared to your full-time monthly rate. To see the current full-time monthly rates for all other GI Bill programs click here. So if your full time GI Bill rate is $1,000 and your test costs $500 you will be charged 1/2 month of GI Bill entitlement.