VA offers flight training benefits to those who want to advance their pilot qualifications. You must have a private pilots license and valid medical certification before you start training. Payments are issued after the training is completed and the school submits your enrollment information to VA.
Flight training is available for the following and other types of qualifications:
Participation requirements are the same for all GI Bill programs, but the payment amount varies depending on the GI Bill program and flight school.
Payment Amounts Under the Montgomery GI Bill or Reserve Educational Assistance Program. If you are training under the Montgomery GI Bill or REAP we will reimburse you for 60 percent of the approved charges. View payment information by benefit program.
Payment Amounts Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Payments for flight training vary based on which type of flight training course and what kind of school you are enrolled in:
You will not receive a housing allowance or the books-and-supplies stipend. The maximum amount available for reimbursement depends on the academic year you begin training.
For example, you're enrolled in a dual-engine certification course that costs $15,000 on Nov. 1, 2012. You can receive a maximum of $10,330 for that course and any other flight training programs leading to your dual-engine certification or other certificationthat begin before Aug. 1, 2013. Additional flight training courses that begin on or after Aug. 1, 2013, are subject to a new annual limit. Remember, these amounts could be further limited by your eligibility percentage.
This type of assistance is not available under the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance program.
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Last updated June 6, 2018