VRAP-Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
Effective July 1, 2012, the VRAP program is available to Veterans who meet specific criteria set by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
To qualify, a Veteran must:
- Be at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
- Be unemployed
- Have an other than dishonorable discharge
- Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
- Not be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
- Not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program
The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will provide employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program. VA will begin accepting applications online by May 15, 2012.
Participants must be enrolled in a program of education approved for VA benefits offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and provide training towards a high-demand occupation. Call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 to learn more about the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, or visit www.benefits.va.gov/vow
Please note: Payment for this benefit is made directly to you by the VA and can take eight weeks processing time. You will be responsible for paying your tuition and fees in full or starting a VA Payment Plan with our office. The VA Payment Plan breaks your payments down into three equal installments. The first installment is due within 2 weeks of setting up the plan and each subsequent payment is due in monthly installments (totaling three payments).
Students should not only be prepared with determining how they will make payment for their courses, but should also keep in mind that they will need to purchase books and supplies for their courses out-of-pocket and typically within the first week of class meetings.