What is VET TEC?
Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses, known as the VET TEC program, is a pilot program designed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that helps place vets in tech careers through training at bootcamps or other computer science programs.
Where does the funding from VET TEC come from?
VET TEC is part of the Forever GI Bill. The Forever GI Bill sets aside $45 million each year (up from $15 million in its first two years) to fund IT training for students who want to pursue tech careers in information science, computer programming, data processing, and media applications.
VET TEC is a pilot program. What does that mean?
The term pilot program means that it’s subject to change depending on the results of the program. The VA could adjust, cancel, modify, or make other alterations without notice. The VET TEC pilot program could be approved, canceled, lose funding, or be further developed after the VA reviews its efficacy.
The VA advises students to confirm that the program is still providing the same benefits to veterans each year because VET TEC is a pilot program. The program started in 2019 and will be running for at least five years, until 2024.
Where can I find a list of VET TEC-approved programs and/or training providers?
The VET TEC program is limited to specific providers and approved programs. To find out which training providers are included in the program, visit the VA.gov website. The official list is broken down by state and details which programs are approved for VET TEC funding.
In some instances, the VA will consider approving programs that are not currently on the list, as long as they fit within the VA’s education and training expectations for VET TEC training providers.
How do I apply for VET TEC?
Prospective students can apply for the VET TEC program through the VA website. If the VA determines you are eligible, you’ll then apply to your chosen VA-approved training provider, who will then review your qualifications and assess whether they think you will find meaningful employment once completing their training program.
This is one major difference between the GI Bill and VET TEC program: Training providers only receive full-tuition reimbursement if their graduates obtain meaningful employment after finishing their training.
How much does VET TEC cover?
The VET TEC program covers similar benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, with recipients receiving tuition for a full-time high-tech training program and housing allowance.
The stipend for housing for in-person students will be equal to the monthly military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and is based on the zip code where you’ll be in school. For online students, the housing allowance will be half of the BAH national average.
How do you qualify for VET TEC?
There are specific eligibility requirements for the VET TEC program. You may be eligible if you meet the following requirements:
- Not on active duty or are within 180 days of leaving active duty
- Qualify for the GI Bill education benefits
- Still have at least one day of unexpired GI Bill entitlement remaining
- Have been accepted into a VET TEC program previously approved by the VA
Can you use VET TEC and GI Bill benefits at the same time?
The VET TEC program will not count against your GI Bill entitlement. Because it is a separate funding source, you’ll still be able to use your GI Bill funds later.
How many times can you use your VET TEC benefits?
You can use VET TEC benefits as long as you are still eligible for the program. However, the VET TEC program requires that students wait 18 months before applying again.