Qualified students that choose to attend National Aviation Academy (NAA) are eligible to use GI Bill benefits to help pay for tuition.
To use GI Bill benefits, the student must be:
- Active Duty
- A Veteran
- A Member of the Selected Reserve
- A Member of the National Guard Armed Forces
- A Spouse or Dependent of a Veteran (if benefits have been transferred)
How does it work?
There are currently six active GI Bill programs:
- Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill (MGBI–AD)
- Reserve and Guard Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB-SR)
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
- Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
The GI Bill can cover the cost of attending a university, but can also be used to help cover costs for training at non-college-degree institutions such as NAA. The tuition payment amount depends on the GI Bill program being used, the school attended, and the amount of time spent training. Students in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program need to complete a total of 2,000 clock hours (or 35 hours per week) while those in the Aviation Maintenance Professional* program need to complete a total of 3,000 clock hours (or 35 hours per week). In addition, those students enrolled in just the Advanced Aircraft Systems* program will need to complete a total of 1,000 clock hours (or 35 hours per week).
There are also certain time limits for using GI Bill benefits. For example, with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, duration of benefits is generally fifteen years from last day of active duty. With the Montgomery GI Bill, duration of benefits is generally ten years from last day of active duty.
The terms of receiving benefits will vary depending on the GI Bill. The Montgomery GI Bill tuition payment is made directly to the student while the Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition is paid directly to the school.
Application for the GI Bill benefits can be completed online through the VA’s Online Application (VONAPP) website: http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp. Questions can be directed to the VA Education Benefits office at: 1-888-442-4551.
Keep in mind that the processing time for a GI Bill application can be over six weeks. Application should be made before the student plans to start school in order to reduce the wait time for receiving benefits.
*Aviation Maintenance Professional and Advanced Aircraft Systems programs are only offered at the Tampa Bay campus at this time.