Post 9/11 GI Bill Unknown Benefits

It’s commonly known that the Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support to individuals who qualify for an education towards a Graduate or Undergraduate degree program.  What isn’t commonly known though is that the Post 9/11 GI Bill also provides financial support for many non-college degree programs, apprenticeships, licensing, and many other non-traditional educational formats.  Below is a list of the many diverse educational opportunities available beyond a Graduate or Undergraduate degree program under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Non-College Degree Program (NCD) – Vocational/Technical Training


  • Automotive Diagnostics
  • Barber/Beautician School
  • Bible College
  • Computer Training
  • Cosmetology School
  • Culinary College
  • Dog Trainer
  • EMT Certification
  • Fire Academy
  • Gemological Institute of America
  • HVAC Certification
  • Hospitality
  • Interior Design
  • Massage Therapy
  • Maritime Institute
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Training
  • Truck Driving/School
  • Vocational Schools

On-The-Job and Apprenticeship Training


  • Bricklayer
  • Builder or Contractor
  • Department of Corrections/Prisons
  • Department of Homeland Security/Office of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Customs and Border Protection
  • Electrical Trade
  • FAA (Federal Air and Aviation)
  • Firefighter
  • Highway Patrol
  • Hotel Management
  • Social Security Administration
  • Union Plumber/ Pipefitter/Steamfitter
  • United States Marshals Service

Based on participating employers.  Search the VA list here.

Flight Training


  • B747-400 Qualification
  • Dual Engine Qualification
  • Flight Engineer
  • Flight School
  • Helicopters Certification
  • Rotary Wing Qualification

Licensing & Certification Programs


  • Attorney’s License
  • Barber License
  • C++ Certification
  • Cardiac Medicine or Surgery Certification
  • Certified Fitness Trainer or Spinning Instructor
  • CISCO Specialist
  • Contractor’s License
  • Cosmetology License
  • Certified Safety Professional
  • Oracle specialist (many available)
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Pharmacist Licensure Exam
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam
  • Real Estate Broker License
  • Veterinary Law Exam

The VA will pay for the costs of tests up to $2,000 for each test even if you fail!

National Testing Programs

Approved National Testing Programs:

  • LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
  • PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)
  • SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)
  • AP (Advanced Placement Exam)
  • CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
  • ACT (American College Testing Program)
  • ECE (Excelsior College Examinations)
  • MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
  • MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
  • DAT (Dental Admissions Test)
  • OAT (Optometry Admissions Testing)

Entrepreneurship Training

If you’re interested in starting your own business, the VA will pay for programs offered by the SBDC (Small Business Development Center).  Individual courses must be approved by the VA.

Correspondence Training

Correspondence training is lessons conducted through the mail and provides for an allotted amount of time to complete.  This is different from Distance Learning which typically is online.

Tutorial Assistance

Conditions apply but necessary tutoring is available as a supplement to those receiving educational assistance.  Typically, to qualify, the student must be receiving VA educational assistance at half-time or greater rate and have a deficiency in a subject.


All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits.  Visit the Post 9/11 GI Bill site for more information.  You can also search for participating employers or institutions here.

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