Previously I wrote about how Veterans can use the GI Bill® to pay for their college tuition. But education – and career development – doesn’t always begin or end with the traditional college experience. Take a look at other ways you can use VA benefits to create your own path to professional success:
Owning your own business – it’s the American dream. From Apple to Whole Foods, some of our country’s most famous brands were created by driven entrepreneurs. If you have the desire to learn how to start your own business or boost a business you currently run, the VA will pay for programs offered by Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States. SBDCs can help you with business plan development, procurement, market research, lending assistance and more. Entrepreneurship training through the SBDC allows eligible Servicemembers and Veterans to use VA education benefits to take courses they offer. For additional information on using your benefits with SBDCs, visit the VA Entrepreneurship Training Web page.
National Testing Program
SAT, ACT, MCAT – taking standardized tests to advance your education often sounds like wading through a bowl of alphabet soup. But these tests are important – and costly. Fortunately, you can use some of your entitlement to be reimbursed for certain tests that are covered by the National Testing Program. This program will cover (mandatory) fees charged for national admission tests and national tests for college credit, including:
- SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)
- LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
- GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
- AP (Advanced Placement Exam)
- CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
- ACT (American College Testing Program)
- DAT (Dental Admission Test)
- MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
- MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
To see if the test you need is on the approved list, what benefits are available to you and how to apply those benefits, visit VA’s National Testing Program Web page.
Licensing and Certification
Do you need to get licensed for your profession? Whether you’re a medical technician, website developer, therapist, or something else entirely, the GI Bill may reimburse you for license or certification tests. Keep in mind the GI Bill pays only the test costs (up to $2,000 for each test). Fees connected with obtaining a license or certification are not reimbursable. You’ll find all of the program details on the Licensing and Certification section of our GI Bill web page.
As you continue your education in and out of the classroom, keep in mind that VA has many career opportunities. When you work here, you’ll have a comfortable salary, outstanding benefits and great work-life balance, just like the private sector.
Whether you’ve met your education goals, are on the way or are ready to start a career now, we encourage you to Join VA.