VA’s authority to issue payments under VRAP ends March 31, 2014. To ensure payment for current enrollment periods, VA School Certifying Officials should submit all enrollment certifications no later than March 17, 2014. Enrollments will not be accepted after that date. If your enrollment period extends beyond March 31, you may be eligible for an additional lump-sum payment to complete the training period.
Students currently receiving VRAP benefits may verify their enrollment for March as usual through VA’s Web Automated Verification of Enrollment or Interactive Voice Response on or after March 31. To verify attendance, visit https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave or call the automated verification line at 877-843-2378, or the customer service team at 888-442-4551 [7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (CDT)]. Students must notify School Certifying Officials and VA at 888-GI Bill-1 (888-442-4551) of any changes in enrollment that occur on or after April 1, 2014.
By law, VA cannot accept applications for VRAP after October 1, 2013.
If you have been approved for VRAP training benefits, please enroll in a training program as soon as possible in order to receive the greatest benefit amount available through the program. Training benefits will be paid through March 31, 2014.
VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans who:
To date, VA has received and processed more than 143,000 VRAP applications. Of over 126,000 approved applicants, more than 74,000 have enrolled in a training program.
VA has paid more than $700,000,000 in VRAP benefits to unemployed Veterans, age 35-60.
Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program ($1,564 effective October 1, 2012 and $1,648 effective October 1, 2013). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program. VRAP benefits can only be paid for full-time training. You will not receive benefits for any time period during which your training drops below full-time. This includes situations in which one or more of your classes ends before the others.
Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.
VRAP will provide training for programs of education that lead to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor. Click here to see a listing of high demand occupations.
as of November 15, 2013
Enrolled in Training
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Last updated March 10, 2014