Can I use my VA benefit to pay for flight training?
Please note that currently the GI Bill is not supporting flight training.
Previously, you could use your benefits for flight training if you held a Private Pilot’s License and had a second-class medical certificate (or a first-class medical certificate if you wanted to pursue the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate).
Anyone who qualified for any of the G.I. Bill programs could use their G.I. Bill for flight training with the exception of those using their Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance benefit.
If you were using the Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty, the VA would pay 60% of the approved fees.
If you were using the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, the payment depended on the program and the type of school you planned on attending:
- If your school was a stand-alone Part 141 pilot school, the VA would pay the school for the net cost of training up to an annual limit.
- If you enrolled in a degree program that consisted of flight training at a public college or University, the VA would pay back the school for the net cost of tuition and fees.
- If you were enrolled in a degree program that consisted of flight training at a private college or University, the VA would 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 limited the payment amount.