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Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)

The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP), was enacted on March 11, 2021, and was effective, immediately. VRRAP was part of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, with aid targeted to assist individuals and businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program ends 21 months after enactment and is limited to a maximum of 17,250 participants and up to $386 million.

Am I eligible for this program?

To be eligible for VRRAP, a Veteran must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 22 years of age and less than 67 years of age
  • Unemployed due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Not eligible for GI Bill or VR&E benefits
  • Not enrolled in a Federal or State jobs program
  • Not receiving VA disability compensation because you are unable to work
  • Not receiving unemployment compensation including enhanced benefits under the CARES Act

What benefits can I get through this program?

Eligible Veterans participating in VRRAP receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates. VA will announce additional details on how Veterans can apply to participate in VRRAP soon.

How do I apply?

VA will announce additional details on how Veterans can apply to participate in VRRAP soon

How does it work?

Covered education programs must provide training for a high-demand occupation, which is determined by the Commissioner of Labor Statistics.

VRRAP High Demand Occupations List

GI Bill approved programs of education, excluding bachelor’s and graduate degrees, and VET TEC approved training are eligible.

The payment model for VRRAP tuition and fees (paid directly to the participant’s school) is milestone based:

  • 50% when the Veteran begins the program
  • 25% when the Veteran completes the program
  • 25% when the Veteran finds employment in the field of study 

How can my school participate?

School Participation is voluntary. For more information on how schools can participate, please visit the VRRAP school page.


If you have any questions, please contact the Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday.