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Post 9-11 GI Bill

I have the Post 9-11 GI Bill. Can I use this towards my flight training?

David,

In order to accelerate the program to the extent ATP does they operate under Part 61 which unfortunately prevents your from using your GI bennies for training. You can however use them for examiner fees which are approx $7-8,000 depending on location.

Adam

Thanks Adam! I see I can use it for ATP-CTP…which is awesome.

David,

Yes you can, IF you need it? Keep in mind if you’re hired by a Regional the ATP-CTP will be provided by then as part of your newhire training. The course however will come in handy if you go a different route.

Adam

David,

Not sure where you are located, but I am currently enrolled in a Part 141, which will accept the Post 9-11 GI Bill for flight training. It’s capped at just below $15,000 for this upcoming academic year which starts on 01 AUG 21 and will end on 31 JUL 22. It will only pay for ratings after private pilot and enrolled in a VA approved Part 141 flights school. To see if one is near by where you live just follow the following website. Make sure to choose “Flight” under Program Type.

https://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do

Just make sure it’s right for you. There are so much that goes into this decision. Like do you want the speed of ATP? Do you want/need to get a college degree? etc. Using the GI Bill for flight training is honestly one of the worst rates of return since it’s capped at around 15k a year for 12 months worth of GI Bill benefits out of 36 months you have with the GI Bill (vs only 9 months a year for traditional college benefits with the GI Bill so a full 4 years worth). Also you receive no BAH unlike with college benefits. For me, it made sense since I already have a degree and would have struggled to find a good use for my GI Bill.

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