If you’re enrolled in a high-technology program and can certify that you intend to seek employment in a high-tech industry as defined by VA, you may be eligible for an accelerated payment. These payments are paid instead of GI Bill benefits that you would otherwise receive.
This assistance could cover high-tech programs in the animal sciences, food and technology, communications, and more. See the full list of approved programs below.
Veterans qualifying for an accelerated payment receive a lump-sum payment of 60 percent of tuition and fees for certain high-cost, high-tech programs.
In addition to Veterans, Public Law 110-181 authorized an accelerated payment option for Reserve GI Bill and REAP recipients. Payments are for Reservists pursuing a non-degree program of education lasting two years or less. In addition, tuition and fees must exceed 200 percent of the monthly amount of educational assistance that you would otherwise be eligible to receive during the certified period of enrollment.
Note that this benefit is not available under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Dependents Education Assistance program, or VEAP.
The asterisk (*) means that all programs are considered high-technology programs within that discipline.
1.09 Animal Sciences
01.10 Food Science and Technology
01.12 Soil Sciences
03.01 Natural Resources Conservation and Research
03.03 Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
03.06 Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
09.07 Radio, Television, and Digital Communication
11. Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
11.02 Computer Programming
11.03 Data Processing
11.04 Information Science/Studies
11.05 Computer Systems Analysis
11.07 Computer Science
11.08 Computer Software and Media Application
11.09 Computer System Networking and Telecommunications
11.10 Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management
Instructional program that prepare individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the solution of practical problems.
*15. Engineering Technologies/Technicians
Instructional programs that prepare individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineering and related projects.
*26. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Instructional programs that focus on the biological sciences and the non-clinical biomedical sciences, and that prepare individuals for research and professional careers as biologist and biomedical scientist.
*27. Mathematics and Statistics
Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of logical symbolic language and its applications.
*29. Military Technologies
A program that prepares individuals to undertake advanced and specialized leadership and technical responsibilities for the armed services and related national security organizations. Includes instruction in such areas as weapons systems and technology, communications, intelligence, management, logistics and strategy.
30.01 Biological and Physical Sciences
30.06 System Science and Theory
30.08 Mathematics and Computer Science
30.16 Accounting and Computer Science
30.17 Behavioral Sciences
30.18 Natural Sciences
30.19 Nutrition Sciences
30.25 Cognitive Science
*40. Physical Sciences
Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of inanimate objects, processes of matter and energy, and associated phenomena.
*41. Science Technologies/Technicians
Instructional programs that prepare individuals to apply scientific principles and technical skills in support of scientific research and development.
42.11 Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
42.19 Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
42. 42.24 Psychopharmacology
42.26 Forensic Psychology
*51.14 Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies