How To Use the GI Bill To Pay for Trade School
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January 19, 2021
Applying to college can be time consuming and frustrating, so quite often college is not part of a hard and fast plan for military service members transitioning to civilian life. On top of what it takes to apply and get accepted, college is a two to four year commitment. The timing has to be just right for everything to fall into place.
Because of the effort and time commitment it takes to go to college, some might think it best to put off school.
At I-TAP, we understand the importance of timing, and have firsthand experience admitting veterans who want to go back to school but do not have the time for a conventional four year college program.
Veterans can use their GI Bill benefits to pay trade schools like I-TAP.
The GI Bill benefits aren’t restricted to just junior colleges and universities that grant two- or four-year degrees. The vocational training and apprenticeship programs offered at I-TAP are also also eligible. We have had many military veterans pay their way with the GI Bill.
However, calculating benefit amounts for apprenticeship programs is different than at a traditional college. Typically, benefits depend upon the number of credit hours you sign up for each quarter or semester. At I-TAP, benefits depend upon the number of hours you spend receiving classroom or lab instruction. Approximately 580 hours, of 900 total hours, will take place in the classroom. You will spend around 320 hours in the lab.
To meet the GI Bill requirements, you must enroll as a full-time student, taking 18 hours of classroom instruction per week for the duration of the course. I-TAP's electrical training program meets this stipulation, meaning you will be eligible to use your GI Bill benefits!
The GI Bill’s annual maximum benefit of $22,805 is more than enough to cover I-TAP’s total tuition costs.
With the GI Bill, you can complete the I-TAP program for free. For veterans eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the military will pay your tuition directly to us—you won't even need to hand over a check!
You may also be eligible for:
- A housing allowance of up to $18,972 per year
- Up to $1,000 per year for books and other materials
Want more information? You can find I-TAP on the vets.gov GI Bill Comparison tool, or just give us a call. One of our admissions counselors will gladly answer your questions.
If you are ready to start your electrical career attending I-TAP, here’s what you need:
- Your DD214 Discharge Papers and Separation Documents
- A benefits letter from Veterans Affairs
Where your benefits paperwork asks for a facility code, I-TAP's VA facility code is 25185505.
If you want to learn more about I-TAP, or you need help navigating the GI Bill system, contact us today! We have helped many veterans get the financial aid they need. So get in touch—we are happy to assist.
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