VET TEC funding is first come first served, so apply today!
But that doesn’t mean veterans interested in using the program later need not apply. Instead, VA officials said the future money will be most likely be used on a first-come, first-served basis, starting with any backlog of applicants who didn’t send in their applications in time for the fiscal 2020 funding. If you’re thinking about enrolling, they said, you should apply as soon as possible.
The Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) program, which was created as part of the Forever GI Bill (Public Law 115-48) is meant to help veterans get the cutting-edge skills they need to succeed in today’s high-tech industries. The VET TEC program pays tuition for a high-tech training program as well as a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) while you are enrolled in the program, just like the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The MHA rules are the same as for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, if you attend your training in person, you receive MHA equal to the monthly military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents based on the location of your training. If your program is designed to be taught totally online, you get half of the BAH rate for your training location while enrolled in training. If you participate in an online program, your stipend will be half of the BAH national average for an E-5 with dependents.
Anyone currently eligible to use their GI Bill benefits — Montgomery or Post-9/11 — is qualified for the program as long as they haven’t passed the time limit to use their benefits and have at least one day of benefits remaining.
Your GI Bill entitlement will not be charged for any training you receive under this program. It is essentially free money, so if you are interested in the program, apply as soon as possible.
Am I eligible for this program?
You may be eligible for VET TEC if you meet all of the requirements listed below.
All of these must be true. You:
- Aren’t on active duty, and
- Qualify for VA education assistance under the GI Bill, and
- Have at least one day of unexpired GI Bill entitlement, and
- Are accepted into a program by a VA-approved training provider
Note: Your VET TEC training won’t count against your GI Bill entitlement, and you need only one day of unexpired GI Bill benefits to participate.
How do I apply?
You can apply for the VET TEC program online.
If we determine that you’re eligible for VET TEC, you’ll then apply to the VA-approved training provider of your choice. Your training provider may review your qualifications to assess whether they think you’ll be able to successfully complete their training program and find meaningful, relevant employment.
VET TEC is a five-year pilot program. You can participate as long as the funding is available.
Note: If you haven’t already applied for VA education benefits, you’ll also need to fill out an Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) or apply online.
Need more help? Please call the VET TEC Help Phone Number 888.442.4551
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