Most veterans are not aware that the GI Bill can be used to pay for college entrance exam preparation courses. Entrance exams, like the SAT, ACT and GRE are often required or used to gain admission to a college or graduate school. You can also take tests like the CLEP, AP, or DSST to get college credit for prior knowledge or experience.
Who Is Eligible?
Any veteran, service member, or military dependent who is eligible for the:
- Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Fry Scholarship
- Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
- Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
- Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)
may be eligible for test reimbursement.
What Kind of Tests Can You Take?
The following tests are approved for reimbursement:
- 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
How Much Can You Be Reimbursed?
You may receive the VA-approved cost of the test up to $2,000 per test.
Although VA will reimburse you for required test fees, some fees connected to the testing process aren't covered. The following test fees may be covered:
- Registration fees
- Fees for specialized tests
- Administrative fees
The following fees are not covered by 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
There is no limit to the number of tests you can take, however your GI Bill entitlement will be reduced based on the cost of the test.
You can be reimbursed for retaking a test that you didn't pass. You can also retake tests you passed if you want to get a better score.
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."
You are charged one month of entitlement for every $1,902.61 used (this amount changes to $1,974.91 Aug. 1) - but every test is rounded up to the next whole month. So, if you take a test that costs $500 you will be charged one month of GI Bill benefits. If you take a test that costs $1,903.00 you will be charged two months of GI Bill benefits
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.
How to Apply
Follow these steps to apply:
- First apply for GI Bill benefits using the VA's vets.gov website. .
- Complete a VA Form 22-0810 (Application for Reimbursement of National Exam Fee).