If you are taking classes using your GI Bill and run into trouble, the VA may pay you the cost of hiring a tutor to help you with difficult courses.
Tutorial assistance can help you pay for necessary tutoring and is a supplement to your GI Bill benefit. Tutorial assistance is available if you are receiving VA educational assistance at the half-time or greater rate and have a deficiency in a subject making tutoring necessary.
The monthly rate of tutorial assistance may not exceed the cost of tutoring or $100. The maximum amount payable is $1,200.
Your GI Bill entitlement is not charged for using this program, unless you are using the Montgomery GI Bill. In that case your entitlement is charged for the first $600 paid out by the VA.
Tutorial Assistance Eligibility
All of the following criteria must be met for you to be eligible for tutorial assistance.
- You must be in a post secondary program ½-time or more.
- You must have a documented deficiency in a course that is part of your approved program.
- You must be enrolled in the course during the quarter, semester, or term in which the tutoring is received for the course. Tutoring may not occur between quarters or semesters.
How to Apply
The student, tutor, and school certifying official must complete an Application and Enrollment Certification for Individualized Tutorial Assistance (VA Form 22-1990t). The application may be submitted at the end of each month or combination of months. The application must be signed and dated on or after the date of the last tutoring session certified.
Information for Schools
When a certifying official signs an Application and Enrollment Certification for Individualized Tutorial Assistance, they certify that:
- Tutoring is essential to correct a deficiency - A letter from the course instructor should be put in the student's VA file stating that the student is deficient in the course and that individual tutoring is required to correct the deficiency.
- The tutor meets the college's qualifications - Ideally, the school maintains a list of approved tutors. The list should indicate the subjects a tutor is qualified to tutor and the hourly charge. Students should be assigned a tutor from the approved list. A tutor may not be a close relative of the student.
- The charges do not exceed the usual charges for tutoring.
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