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Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC)

VET TEC is a tuition and housing assistance program that  will help you advance your IT career. If you are a Veteran, VET TEC may be for you. In just weeks you can gain computer  skills that can greatly impact your career. Whether you want to launch a  new career, hit the ground running during your transition to civilian life, or improve your business, VET TEC can help. VET TEC pays for you to take your classes in one of five areas: information science,  computer programming, data processing, media applications, and computer software.

Why use your GI Bill entitlement to go back to school when you could quickly learn 21st century skills that are in high demand by employers without using up your entitlement right now?

What is VET TEC?

This innovative new pilot program pairs eligible Veterans with market-leading Training Providers offering the high-tech training and skills development sought by employers. You will have your classes and training paid for by VA and will receive a monthly housing stipend during your training.

VET TEC is unique because the computer skills training programs take just months or even weeks to complete. Acquiring essential skills in such a short amount of time gives you the opportunity to advance your career sooner rather than later.

When you’re accepted into the program, you’ll train in one of the five areas (computer software, information science, computer programming, media application, or data processing) of high-tech training. After you have completed your program, you will have new skills that will help you secure meaningful employment in the modern workforce.

Are you eligible for VET TEC?

If you have at least one day of unexpired GI Bill entitlement, then you may be eligible for VET TEC. Note: Active Duty service members, Recipients of Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) benefits, and Fry Scholars are not eligible for VET TEC.

What are the benefits of using VET TEC?

Participation in the VET TEC program will not count against your GI Bill entitlement. While you are in VET TEC you will earn a housing stipend.

● If you attend in person, your payment will be equal to the monthly military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents, based on the zip code where you physically attend training. ● If you train online only, your stipend will be half of the BAH national average for an E-5 with dependents. 

Your housing payment will be prorated for the days attended if you do not train for the full month.

How do you sign up for VET TEC?

Apply online. You’ll receive a letter from VA with a decision. If you are approved for VET TEC, you can review our list of approved providers to find a program you want to take. Contact your chosen provider and tell them you are eligible for VET TEC and interested in their program.

Training Providers may assess your qualifications using their own enrollment processes, though not all will require an assessment. This helps ensure that you will successfully complete their program and find meaningful employment to use the skills you learned.

What if I’m interested in a training program not on the list?

Ask them to apply! They can find out more about becoming a provider and apply.

Can I use VET TEC more than once?

VET TEC program requirements allow an eligible Veteran to participate in the VET TEC program once every 18 months. If you start an approved VET TEC program, you will have an 18-month waiting period from your last date of attendance or completion before you can reapply. If you withdrew from your previous VET TEC program because you were called to active duty, VA may waive this rule.

For Additional Information

● For any questions, contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 or e-mail ● Return to the VET TEC homepage

Article from VA: Education and Training | By VA | Original article here

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