Can I use my VA benefit to pay for flight training?
You can use your benefits for flight training if you have a private pilot’s license and have a second-class medical certificate or a first-class medical certificate if you want to pursue the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.
Anyone who qualifies for any of the GI bill programs may use their GI bill for flight training with the exception of those using their Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance benefit.
If you are using the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, the VA will pay 60% of the approved fees.
If you are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill the payment depends on the program and the type of school you’re going to:
- If your school is a stand-alone Part 141 pilot school the VA will pay the school for the net cost of training up to an annual limit.
- If you’re enrolled in a degree program that consists of flight training at a public college or University, the VA will pay back the school for the net cost of tuition and fees.
- If you’re enrolled in a degree program that consists of flight training at a private college or University, the VA will pay back the school for the net cost of tuition and fees up to an annual limit.
NOTE: Your level of eligibility and/or your remaining entitlement limits the payment amount.