Transitioning out of the military into civilian life presents a wide range of options—sometimes too many options. For some veterans, it can be difficult to know how to find their niche back in the real world after active duty service.
Most returning military service members qualify for the GI BIll, which is a VA benefit that makes it possible for veterans to attend either a two- or four-year university to obtain an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
But did you know that the GI Bill® can also pay your way for IT certification training for veterans?
Veterans who are ready to retrain and start off on a new career path have a great opportunity to train and eventually enter a career in information technology (IT). Tech jobs for veterans aren’t only lucrative, but it’s also easier than ever to find and enroll in IT programs for veterans.
Education benefits through the GI Bill® can also be used at trade and vocational schools such as Eleven Fifty Academy, opening up opportunities for veterans in the lucrative and growing tech industry.
How Much Will the VA Pay Me to Go to School?
The VA provides the GI Bill® for returning service members who want to transition into a new career. The Post 9/11 and Forever GI Bill®s provide full-time tuition assistance for up to four years at a university or college for eligible veterans.
There are some stipulations: Veterans must have served at least 90 days in the military to receive the benefits, and each individual must go through an application process.
Veterans who were honorably discharged and served after September 10, 2001, can receive up to $22,805 per academic year at a private school or non-college institution such as Eleven Fifty Academy or at a university, plus a housing stipend.
Veterans who attend a state university will have all tuition and fees covered through the GI Bill®.
At Eleven Fifty Academy, the web development, software development, and cybersecurity bootcamps are all covered by the GI Bill® benefits. Veteran students also receive a $1,509 housing allowance and a $1,000 book stipend as part of their financial assistance through the VA.
To calculate your eligibility, use the VA.gov GI Bill® Comparison Tool, which will determine your GI Bill® benefits based on the amount of time you served and your military status. To learn more about your benefits through the GI Bill®, visit the VA website.
What Certifications Does the GI Bill® Cover?
The GI Bill® covers a wide range of certifications, helping veterans pursue careers in everything from cosmetology to personal training to real estate and, of course, IT. You can get pharmacy technician training, project management certifications, and even become a certified financial planner (CFP).
Not all trade and vocational schools are included in the list of VA-approved certification programs—be sure to use the GI Bill® comparison tool for specific information on approved schools and training programs.
When it comes time to take certification exams such as the CompTIA, the GI Bill® provides reimbursement for up to $2,000 of exam fees.
Where Can I Find Free Cybersecurity Training Courses for Veterans?
When you’ve decided that a tech career is for you, be sure to attend one of Eleven Fifty’s free cybersecurity training courses to learn about the program and how to apply. Along with cybersecurity intro classes, you can also attend online intro coding courses to learn more about our web development bootcamp and software development bootcamp.