Coming in April 2019, there will be a new GI Bill Program for those interested in a high-tech career. This new pilot program, VET TEC, from the Department of Veterans Affairs is to help student veterans enroll in non-traditional programs and pair eligible veterans with market-leading training providers.

VET TEC GI Bill Program Overview

The new program is called VET TEC which stands for Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses. Here is what you need to know:

  • The VET TEC program should be starting in April 2019 and applications will appear on the VA website soon.
  • This program will focus on high-tech skills that are in demand in today’s workplace.
  • In order to qualify for this program you would need to take classes in one of these five categories:
      • Information Science
      • Computer Programming
      • Data Processing
      • Media Applications
      • Computer Software
  • The VET TEC program will pay for tuition costs as well as pay you a housing allowance just as the Post 9/11 GI Bill does.
  • Classes in the above subjects tend to be shorter than those in a traditional college or vocational training, with only needing a few months or even weeks to gain that certification.
  • Those who are eligible for the GI Bill, either the Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Montgomery GI Bill can qualify for this as long as they haven’t passed the time limit to use their benefits and as long as they have at least one day remaining of benefits.
  • When using this program, none of your GI Bill entitlement will be decreased allowing more flexibility for those who do want to use the VET TEC program.
  • The goal of the VET TEC program is to get veterans into the job force quicker than a program at a traditional college.
  • “Coding Boot Camps” and other high-tech training will also be included.
  • The VA will pay 25% of the cost when the veteran enrolls, 25% when they complete the program, and the other 50% once they secure meaningful employment in their field of study.
  • If a training program agrees to return all the money they received from the VA if the veteran does not find meaningful employment within 180 days, they will be given the “Preferred Provider” label.
  • You might need to be assessed by your individual training program as well as being approved by the VA. This will not always be the case, and will depend on your program.

If this sounds like a good program for you or someone you know, please check back with the VA website as they will be updating to add the application as well as a list of programs that can be used for this new VET TEC program.

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