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Veterans Educational and Flight Training Benefits

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Veterans Educational and Flight Training Benefits

Post – 9/11 GI Bill

Eligibility: The Post- 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for Servicemembers and Veterans who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after Aug. 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

To be eligible, the Servicemember or Veteran must serve at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and remain on active duty or be honorably discharged. Active duty includes active service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purposes of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency.
Veterans may also be eligible if they were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001. Generally, Servicemembers or Veterans may receive up to 36 months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Eligibility for benefits expires 15 years from the last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days. If released for a service-connected disability after at least 30 days of continuous service, eligibility ends 15 years from when the member is released for the service-connected disability.

Flight Training

Flight training is available for such programs as:

  • Rotary wing qualification
  • B747-400 Qualification
  • Dual engine Qualification
  • Flight engineer
Qualification Requirements

In order to qualify, you must have a private pilot’s license and valid medical certification before beginning training. Payments are issued after the training is completed and the school submits your enrollment information to us.
Not available under the Dependents’ Educational Assistance program (Chapter 35).

Payment Amounts

While the participation requirements are the same for all GI Bill programs, the payment amount varies depending on the GI Bill program you are utilizing, and the type of Flight School you are attending. (Payments are issued after the training is completed and the school submits the information to the VA.)

Flight training under Montgomery GI Bill or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
If you are training under the Montgomery GI Bill or REAP we will reimburse you for 60% of the approved charges.

For rates visit Department of Veterans website for more information.

Payments for flight training vary based on which type of flight training course and what kind of school you are enrolled in:

  • If you are enrolled in a degree program that consists of flight training at a public Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the public school in-state cost of the training, and receive a monthly housing allowance and the books and supplies stipend.
  • If you are enrolled in a degree program that consists of flight training at a private Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the full cost of the training or the national maximum (currently $18,077.50) per academic year, whichever is less. You may also receive a monthly housing allowance and the books and supplies stipend. The Yellow Ribbon Program may apply for those enrolled in degree programs. Click here to learn more and see if your school participates.
  • If you are enrolled in a vocational flight training program you can be reimbursed the lesser of (1) the full cost of training or (2) the annual maximum amount (click here to see the annual maximum amount) in effect the day you began training in your flight course. You will not receive a housing allowance or the books and supplies stipend. The maximum amount available for reimbursement depends on the academic year you begin training.

For example, if you enroll in a dual-engine certification course that costs $15,000 on November 1, 2012. You can receive a maximum of $10,330 for that course and any other flight training (programs leading to your dual-engine certification, or other certification) that begin before August 1, 2013. Additional flight training courses that begin on or after August 1, 2013 will be subject to a new annual limit. Remember, these amounts could be further limited by your eligibility percentage.

Types of Training Available:
  • Courses at colleges and universities leading to associate, bachelor or graduate degrees, including accredited independent study offered through distance education.
  • Courses leading to a certificate or diploma from business, technical or vocational schools.
  • Apprenticeship or on-the-job training for those not on active duty, including self-employment training begun on or after June 16, 2004, for ownership or operation of a franchise
  • Correspondence courses, under certain conditions.
  • Flight training, if the Veteran holds a private pilot’s license upon beginning the training and meets the medical requirements.
  • State-approved teacher certification programs.
  • Preparatory courses necessary for admission to a college or graduate school.
  • License and certification tests approved for Veterans.
  • Entrepreneurship training courses to create or expand small businesses.
  • Tuition assistance using MGIB as “Top-Up” (active duty servicemembers).
  • Accelerated payments for certain high-cost programs are authorized.
Aviator College Approved for Chapter 33 and 30 Benefits

Aviator College is approved by the Veteran’s Administration under the GI Bills for both academic tuition and flight training fees. Prospective student who performed active duty after September 10, 2001 have additional eligibility for funding. Read about the new VA benefit in a letter from the Director of VA Education Services http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/CH33_veteran_outreach_letter.pdf.

Due to complexity and paperwork required please contact Amy Roth, or call at 772-466-4822.

VA Students enrolling will need to register in the VA website http://www.gibill.va.gov. Fill out form VONAPP. If you have used your VA benefits before or prior you will also have to fill out the form 22-1995 Also you will need to bring a copy DD2-14.

All pilots must now present a valid passport or birth certificate upon arrival. For any additional information please contact our Financial Aid Department.

Aviator College is a Participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program

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Aviation Scholarships and Grants for Flight Training College Students

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Aviation Scholarships and Grants for Flight Training College StudentsA degree in aviation opens the door to many career opportunities and shows a high level of commitment to the aviation field. There are a variety of jobs for the professionals who hold this degree. Many colleges throughout the world offer degrees such as bachelor of aviation science or associates of aviation science. Stand alone these degrees do not qualify for any profession without your commercial pilot license (CPL) but make a good starting point if you want to do a masters degree in aviation. Also they look very good on your resume and may be a door opener when applying for a job.

Many airlines, especially in the United States, prefer applicants with a college degree.
Flight training can be expensive and the chances are you are going to need financing for your flight training education. There are many ways to get financing: government loans, private institutions like banks and credit unions. In addition, other sources of financial aid can be colleges and many aviation associations. Below we have compiled a guide for the prospective flight training students to make an informed decision.

Government Loans

FAFSA is short for Free Application for Federal Student Aid – it is the first step in the government loan process for your flight career. Use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, student loans, and college work-study. Most states and schools use FAFSA information to award their financial aid. Visit their website for more information. If you are a veteran go directly to the Department of Veteran Affairs website.

A great source for information on aviation scholarships is Federal Aviation Administration. Please visit FAA website for details.

Aviation and Scholarships

Johnny Davis Scholarship

Named in memory of Johnny Davis. Available to high school seniors, and/or college students who plan to or are attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program.

Eligibility: High school seniors and/or college students
For further details visit online
More information:

Joshua Esch Mitchell Scholarship Fund

Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship
For students pursuing studies in the field of professional pilot with an emphasis on general aviation, flight engineer, or airway science.

Eligibility: US citizens enrolled in a full or part-time program at a college or university in the US providing an accredited flight science curriculum. All applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point of 2.75 and be entering the second year (or above) in college.

For further details visit online
Contact: 161 Ottawa Ave NW Suite 209-C, Grand Rapids MI 49503-2757
Phone: 616 454-1751 x 103
Email: rbishop@grfoundtion
Cash award: $500-$2000
More information:

Aircraft Electronics Association

Available to high school seniors, and/or college students who plan to or are attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program.

Eligibility: Available to high school seniors, and/or college students who plan to or are attending an accredited school in an avionics or aircraft repair program
More information: http://www.aea.net/educationalfoundation

Air Line Pilots Association

Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship Program
One 4-year undergraduate college scholarship is awarded each year. The total monetary value is $12,000 with $3,000 disbursed annually to the recipient for four consecutive years, provided that adequate academic standing is maintained (3.0 GPA).

Eligible applicants are sons or daughters of medically retired, long-term disabled or deceased pilot members of the Air Line Pilots Association.
Contact: 535 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA 20170
Cash award: $12,000 ($3,000 annually)
More information:

University Aviation Association (UAA)

A professional association and unifying voice for promoting and furthering aviation education as a collegiate academic discipline. Their mission

To promote and foster excellence in collegiate aviation education by providing a forum for students, faculty, staff and practitioners to share ideas, to enhance the quality of education, and to develop stronger programs and curricula. To influence aviation education policy at all governmental levels. To provide and nurture the linkage between college aviation education, the aviation industry, and government agencies.

UAA Scholarships

Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship
Deadline: April 9, 2013

Eugene S. Kropf Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2012

Paul A. Whelan Scholarship
Deadline: May 15, 2012

Dr. Paul W. DeVore Freedom of Flight Aviation Scholarship
Deadline: TBA

UAA Author’s Scholarship
Deadline: TBA

For UAA Administered or Affiliated Organizations Scholarships visit their website.

Aviator College Financing

Preparing for college takes planning and organization. Paying for college usually requires some kind of financial aid. Students enrolled with Aviator College may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid, Veterans Benefits, and Private Career Education Loans.

High school seniors in the last semester of school must fill out a FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid. For those who qualify, the federal financial aid programs listed on the Financial Aid tab are available to any U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident who is admitted to the College and has filed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). To speak to the Financial Aid Administrator or Veterans Programs Administrator, call Amy Roth at 772-466-4822.

Veterans Benefits

Approved for Post 9/11 Chapter 33 Benefits – Full funding available for tuition and flight training.

Flight Training Academy Financing

Private Educational Loans are available for all of the programs offered at Aviator Academy. The relationships we have established with our lenders offer our students the best suitable financial assistance for their individual needs

Aviator is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). We are approved by the Federal Department of Education to offer low interest Federal Student Loans to students who qualify. These loans are available for students enrolled in our Professional Pilot Program, Commercial Pilot Program, and Veterans Professional Pilot Program.

The Federal Family Education Loan Plus (FFELP) is available for dependent students under 24 years of age. Parents can apply for full funding for flight training at low federal interest rates. You must submit an application for enrollment to Aviator before applying for federal financial aid. If you have additional questions contact our Financial Aid Department (772-466-4822) or Email.

To obtain more information about Private Educational Loans and Federal Student Loans, please contact our Financial Aid Administrator. For quick and easy loan approval, please complete the Loan Request Form below. You will be contacted by our Financial Aid Administrator via email or phone.

To apply for this funding:

Scholarship Application

Please click on the Link to the Scholarship application you would like to download.

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Schools and Colleges With Approved Yellow Ribbon Program

Schools and Colleges With Approved Yellow Ribbon ProgramThe Post-9/11 GI Bill  provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Benefits of the Yellow Ribbon Program

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay you:

  • all resident tuition & fees for a public school
  • the higher of the actual tuition & fees or the national maximum per academic year for a private school

NOTE: an exception to this exists for students enrolled in private schools in AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC or TX. In these cases we will pay the higher of the actual tuition & fees or the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition & fees
Your actual tuition & fees costs may exceed these amounts if you are attending a private school or are attending a public school as a nonresident student.

Institutions of Higher Learning (Degree Granting Institutions) may elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.

Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution.

Eligibility

Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate).

Therefore, you may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
Payment Amounts For Flight Training

While the participation requirements are the same for all GI Bill programs, the payment amount varies depending on the GI Bill program you are utilizing, and the type of Flight School you are attending. (Payments are issued after the training is completed and the school submits the information to the VA.)

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • If you are enrolled in any degree program that consists of flight training at a public Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the resident in-state cost of the training and will be eligible to receive your housing allowance and the books & supplies stipend.
  • If you are enrolled in any degree program that consists of flight training at a private Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the full cost of the training or the national maximum per academic year, whichever is less. You will also be eligible to receive your housing allowance and the books & supplies stipend.
  • If you are enrolled in any type of vocational flight training you can be reimbursed up to the full cost of training or $10,000 per academic year, whichever is less, you WILL NOT receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend.

The Yellow Ribbon Program may apply for those enrolled in degree programs. An academic year lasts from August 1 to July 31.

How will I Know My School is Participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

You must be enrolled in an approved program offered by an IHL.
Search for Yellow Ribbon Program participating institutions for the 2012 – 2013 school year

Aviator College is a Participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program

Approved for Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) Benefits & Chapter 30 (Montgomery Bill)

Aviator College is approved by the Veteran’s Administration under the GI Bills for both academic tuition and flight training fees.

Prospective student who performed active duty after September 10, 2001 have additional eligibility for funding. Read about the new VA benefit in a letter from the Director of VA Education Services

Due to complexity and paperwork required please contact Amy Roth, or call her at 772-466-4822, if you would like more information on the VA Pro Program.

VA Students enrolling will need to register in the VA website  Fill out form VONAPP. If you have used your VA benefits before or prior you will also have to fill out the form 22-1995 Also you will need to bring a copy DD2-14.

All pilots must now present a valid passport or birth certificate upon arrival. For any additional information please contact our Financial Aid Department.

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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) and GI Bill for Flight Training Fees

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) and GI Bill for Flight Training FeesU.S. military veterans can now take advantage of new GI-Bill flight school benefits available for career-oriented training. VA flight training programs vary from school to school so it’s best to contact the flight school you wish to attend to get details and answers to your questions.

Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012.

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are 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)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to un-employability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

NOTE: there are age requirements, please visit BenefitsVAGov for complete details.

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 offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.
Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.

Veterans Benefits at Aviator College

Approved for Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) Benefits & Chapter 30 (Montgomery Bill)

Aviator College is approved by the Veteran’s Administration under the GI Bills for both academic tuition and flight training fees. Prospective student who performed active duty after September 10, 2001 have additional eligiblity for funding. Read about the new VA benefit in a letter from the Director of VA Education Services

Due to complexity and paperwork required please contact Amy Roth, or call her at 772-466-4822, if you would like more information on the VA Pro Program.

VA Students enrolling will need to register in the VA website. Fill out form VONAPP. If you have used your VA benefits before or prior you will also have to fill out the form 22-1995 Also you will need to bring a copy DD2-14.

All pilots must now present a valid passport or birth certificate upon arrival. For any additional information please contact our Financial Aid Department.

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