USE POST-9/11 GI BILL BENEFITS
TO PAY FOR YOUR HELICOPTER FLIGHT TRAINING
VA offers flight training benefits to those who want to advance their pilot qualifications. You must have a private pilots license and valid medical certification before you start training. Payments are issued after the training is completed and the school submits your enrollment information to VA. In most cases, the private pilot license is self-funded with the exception of an in-house college program. Funds can also come from Pell Grants, the ASFA and various scholarships.
Thanks to the Chapter 33 / Post-9/11 GI Bill, a new avenue of funding is available to many veterans seeking to pay for their helicopter flight training. Under this bill, eligible veterans can be reimbursed for flight training expenses up to $10,000 per academic year. And while extremely beneficial, its not the only benefit.
For those who qualify, the Post 911 GI Bill increases reimbursed training costs from 60% to 100% with one significant area of concern. That is, the bill introduces a $10,000 dollar per academic year limit on reimbursements, though most courses can be easily completed for less.
In order to receive funds for flight training, a flight program is commonly paired with a university or college and it is in the pursuit of a degree. This allows the student’s flight training 100% paid for after the private pilot certificate.
Without a university or college, and depending on the student’s funding, the VA will reimburse up to 60%.