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VET TEC: The GI Bill Alternative Pilot Program Has Ended


UPDATE: VET TEC was a VA education benefit offered to service members who are just about to leave military service or who have already done so. The pilot program ended on 1 April 2024. At press time, the VET TEC pilot program was closed to new applications. The VA official site notes that the agency is working to make a permanent version of the pilot, but no details are available.

VET TEC was an alternative to the GI Bill for those searching for job training in high-tech fields. What follows is preserved here for archival purposes, the VA is not accepting new VET TEC applications.

Expanded VA Options Under VET TEC

The VA official site posted an update on VET TEC prior to the end of the pilot program announcing changes and improvements to the program. Those changes include expanded access for service members near their retirement or separation date. If you currently serve,  before the program ended you could apply if you are within 6 months or 180 calendar days from your separation date.

How VET TEC Worked

VET TEC provided education benefits to those who want to use an alternative to the GI Bill for high-technology courses of study offered through approved providers. You can use VET TEC without affecting your GI Bill funds, which is helpful for those who don’t want to use them just yet. But VET TEC is also offered to those with as little as one day of GI Bill entitlement remaining.

You had to be eligible for the GI Bill to qualify for VET TEC, and you were required to apply for this benefit; it was not automatic (see below); those who qualify may be offered tuition for a full-time program.

If you qualified for this program, you may have been eligible to receive a housing stipend paid while you attend training. The stipend for housing is calculated based on whether you take courses in person or online.

The housing stipend was paid based on the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents, with the payment amount based on the school’s zip code. The housing stipend was half the BAH national average for an E-5 with dependents when attending online classes.

What Kind of Training Is Available Through VET TEC?

VET TEC paid for high-demand training in technical fields or disciplines, which include but may not be limited to:

  • Computer software
  • Computer programming
  • Data processing
  • Information science
  • Media applications

Qualifying for VET TEC

You may have qualified for the VA VET TEC benefit if you meet ALL of the following, assuming you had not already retired or separated from active duty service.

  • You are within 180 days of separating from active duty, and
  • You qualify for the GI Bill, and
  • You have at least one day of unexpired GI Bill benefits, and
  • You are accepted into an approved program

How to Apply for VET TEC

The application process is permanently closed for the VET TEC pilot program. What you see below is preserved here for archival purposes.

Complete VA Form 22-0994 Application for Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC).

Do not start the form online without logging in; if you are allowed to do so, you may not be able to save your forms. At application time, submit the following documentation; it is best to have these items ready before you begin your online form. The VA will require the following:

  • Direct deposit information
  • Highest level of education
  • Previous high-tech industry experience, if applicable
  • Information about the training provider or program you want to attend

The application takes about 10 minutes to complete assuming you have all supporting documentation available.

After submitting the form, look for a confirmation message and save it for your records. If you are applying for VET TEC but have not applied for other VA education benefits, you will need to fill out the Application for VA Education Benefits, VA Form 22-1990.

The VA can take up to 30 days to process these forms. Look for notification by U.S. mail for an acceptance letter. If you are not approved, you will also be notified by mail.






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Editor-in-Chief Joe Wallace is a 13-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a former reporter/editor for Air Force Television News and the Pentagon Channel. His freelance work includes contract work for Motorola, VALoans.com, and Credit Karma. He is co-founder of Dim Art House in Springfield, Illinois, and spends his non-writing time as an abstract painter, independent publisher, and occasional filmmaker.