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Education and Training

Accelerated Payments

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.

Type of Assistance

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.

Available Benefits

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.

List of Approved High Technology Programs for Active Duty GI Bill Recipients Only

The asterisk (*) means that all programs are considered high-technology programs within that discipline. 

1.09 Animal Sciences

  • 01.0901 Animal Sciences, General
  • 01.0902 Agricultural Animal Breeding
  • 01.0903 Animal Health
  • 01.0904 Animal Nutrition
  • 01.0905 Dairy Science
  • 01.0906 Livestock Management
  • 01.0907 Poultry Science

01.10 Food Science and Technology

  • 01.1001 Food Science
  • 01.1002 Food Technology and Processing
  • 01.1099 Food Science and Technology
  • 01.1101 Plant Sciences General
  • 01.1102 Agronomy and Crop Science
  • 01.1103 Horticultural Science
  • 01.1104 Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
  • 01.1105 Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
  • 01.1106 Range Science Management

01.12 Soil Sciences

  • 01.1201 Soil Science and Agronomy General
  • 01.1202 Soil Chemistry and Physics
  • 01.1203 Soil Microbiology
  • 01.1299 Soil Sciences

03.01 Natural Resources Conservation and Research

  • 03.0104 Environmental Science

03.03 Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management

  • 03.0301 Fishing Fisheries Sciences and Management

03.05 Forestry

  • 03.0501 Forestry, General
  • 03.0502 Forest Sciences and Biology
  • 03.0506 Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
  • 03.0508 Urban Forestry
  • 03.0509 Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology
  • 03.0510 Forest Resources Production and Management
  • 03.0511 Forest Technology/Technician

03.06 Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • 03.0601 Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

09.07 Radio, Television, and Digital Communication

  • 09.0702 Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

11. Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • 11.0101 Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • 11.0102 Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • 11.0103 Information Technology
  • 11.0199 Computer and Information Sciences,

11.02 Computer Programming

  • 11.0201 Computer Programming/Programmer General
  • 11.0202 Computer Programming Specific Applications
  • 11.0203 Computer

11.03 Data Processing

  • 11.0301 Data Process and Data Processing Technology/Technician

11.04 Information Science/Studies

  • 11.0401 Information Science/Studies

11.05 Computer Systems Analysis

  • 11.0501 Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

11.07 Computer Science

  • 11.0701 Computer Science

11.08 Computer Software and Media Application

  • 11.0801 Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
  • 11.0802 Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
  • 11.0803 Computer Graphics
  • 11.0899 Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.

11.09 Computer System Networking and Telecommunications

  • 11.0901 Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

11.10 Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management

  • 11.1001 System Administration/Administrator
  • 11.1002 System, Networking and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
  • 11.1003 Computer and Information Systems Security
  • 11.1004 Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

*14. Engineering

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

  • 30.0101 Biological and Physical Sciences

30.06 System Science and Theory

  • 30.0601 System Science and Theory

30.08 Mathematics and Computer Science

  • 30.0801 Mathematics and Computer Science

30.10 Biopsychology

  • 30.1001 Biopsychology

30.11 Gerontology

  • 30.1101 Gerontology

30.16 Accounting and Computer Science

  • 30.1601 Accounting and Computer Science

30.17 Behavioral Sciences

  • 30.1701 Behavioral Sciences

30.18 Natural Sciences

  • 30.1801 Natural Sciences

30.19 Nutrition Sciences

  • 30.1901 Nutrition Sciences

30.24 Neuroscience

  • 30.2401 Neuroscience

30.25 Cognitive Science

  • 30.2501 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

  • 42.1101 Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology

42.19 Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology

  • 42.1901 Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology

42. 42.24 Psychopharmacology

  • 42.2401 Psychopharmacology

42.26 Forensic Psychology

  • 42.2601 Forensic Psychology

*51.14 Medical Clinical Sciences/Graduate Medical Studies

  • 51.1401 Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)