These are the 2019-2020 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment subsistence rates. Veterans participating in the VR&E program may receive a monthly subsistence allowance while pursuing an educational or training program in preparation for a future career. The VR&E subsistence allowance rate is based on the rate of attendance (full time, 3/4 time, or 1/2 time), number of dependent and the type of training.
Servicemembers and Veterans with service-connected disabilities may be eligible for the VR & E program.
Since the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays subsistence allowance for training that has been completed in the previous month, the first payment at these rates is reflected in the November 1, 2019 payment/disbursement.
|Post-9/11 Chapter 31 Subsistence Allowance Rates – Effective October 1, 2019 (based upon 2.04% Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase)
|Type Training||Training Time||No Dependents||One Dep.||Two Dep.||Each Additional Dependent|
|Institutional; Nonpay or nominal pay work experience in a facility of a Federal, State, local, or federally recognized Indian tribe agency; Improvement of Rehabilitation Potential:||Full-Time||$644.74||$799.74||$942.44||$68.68|
|Nonpay or nominal pay on-job training in a facility of a Federal, State, local, or federally recognized Indian tribe agency; Training in the home; Vocational course in a rehabilitation facility or sheltered workshop; Independent instructor:||Full-Time Only||$644.74||$799.74||$942.44||$68.68|
|Farm Cooperative, Apprenticeship or other On-Job Training2:||Full-Time Only||$563.71||$681.70||$785.65||$51.09|
|Combination of Institutional and On-Job Training (Institutional Greater than One Half);
Non-farm Cooperative Institutional Training and Non- farm Cooperative On-Job Training (FT Non-Farm
|Combination of Institutional and On-Job Training (On-the-Job Greater than ½); Non-farm Cooperative Institutional Training and Non-farm Cooperative On- Job Training (FT Non-Farm Coop/On-the-Job):||Full-Time Only||$563.71||$681.70||$785.65||$51.09|
- The quarter-time rate may be paid only during extended evaluation.
- For On-Job Training, training wage plus subsistence allowance cannot exceed the journeyman wage.
- This maximum rate was calculated based upon full-time enrollment for a Veteran with the following dependents:spouse,mother, father and 25 children.
Effective 10-01-2019, the maximum monthly rate for Chapter 31 Subsistence Allowance is $2,7283.1
Veterans qualify for the Post-9/11 or Forever GI Bill may be eligible to receive the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for subsistence.
Annual increases are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).