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.
To be eligible for VRRAP, a Veteran must meet the following criteria:
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.
VA will announce additional details on how Veterans can apply to participate in VRRAP soon
Covered education programs must provide training for a high-demand occupation, which is determined by the Commissioner of Labor Statistics.
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:
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.
Veterans Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | 810 Vermont Avenue, NW Washington DC 20420
Last updated April 9, 2021