There are many advantages as well as disadvantages associated with using a GI bill to pay for flight school. Veterans are the only individuals who have access to a GI bill. For those interested in using it to pay their way through flight school, there are a few things to keep in mind prior to applying to any particular program. Flight school does include Part 125 aviation training, so students may need to make sure that their GI bill covers the cost of certain training programs.
It is very possible to maintain in great grace with the VA while attending flight school. The best way to do this is by simply taking a four-year aviation program instead of single non-degree classes just to obtain a rating or certificate. The GI bill should be used in that manner for the VA to fully support it. This is because the VA views four-year degree aviation programs the same way they view other four-year degree programs. The only difference is the major itself. For students interested in actually flying commercially, four-degree programs tend to be the best route.
The biggest advantage of being able to use the GI bill to pay for aviation school is the fact that it will pay 100% of the cost as long as the school is in the state. This is also for public schools only. For those looking to take private aviation courses, their GI bill will cover $21,970 per year for the degree program which is still a nice chunk. However, for those that are looking to take training classes through a standalone school, their GI bill will only cover $12,554 per year. Individuals need to make sure that they weigh their options prior to signing up with any flight program.
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