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Using Veteran's Benefits To Pay For Aviation Maintenance TrainingThree Things to Know
By Kyle Garrett
Your veteran's benefits, especially the Post 9/11 GI Bill, are one of the best sources of funding available to pay for aviation mechanic training. With the Post 9/11 GI Bill, you can be reimbursed for up to 100% of your aviation mechanic training expenses. This is a sizeable amount of funding that goes a long way toward making you an aviation mechanic, but there are a few things to consider before taking the leap.
Aviation mechanic training expenses can be covered up to $10,000 dollar per academic year
Qualified veterans can use Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to cover 100% of their training costs up to $10,000 dollars per academic year. Depending on the program, this is a big portion of the expense of aviation mechanic training. While it is worth nothing this limitation, it is hardly cause for alarm since it covers or severely reduces the costs of most aviation mechanic courses.
Aviation mechanic training programs require VA approval for reimbursement
An arguably more important consideration before beginning your aviation mechanic training, is whether a particular training provider is approved by the VA. The good news is there is a pretty standard process and it isn't a secret whether a school is approved. The only potential catch is that the VA must also approve individual courses before they will reimburse your flight training costs. This means that while a school may have approval, every course they offer isn't necessarily covered by your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.
Aviation mechanic training is improved by the approval process
The requirements for receiving an aviation mechanic certificate are standardized, but there is still a lot of variation in training programs. Since the VA mandates a fairly stringent approval process and there are ongoing paperwork requirements, most schools have a VA representative who is very familiar with the system. This representative, the approval process, and the paperwork have a net effect of improving the quality of your aviation mechanic training by weeding out weak training courses and keeping you active in your training. Once you start training, most of the paperwork can be a managed for you, allowing you to focus on your avaition mechanic training.
In fact, this is the most important takeaway. The strigent requirements of the Post 9/11 GI Bill create better-equipped schools, more efficient training courses, and save you money during your aviation mechanic training. For more information and to verify your eligibility, call 1-888-GIBILL-1 or check out the GI Bill website
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