•  Veterans Retraining Assistance Program 
    As of March 31, 2014, this program has ended.

    Administered by the Federal Government, Office of Veterans Affairs

    What is it?
    The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides a seamless transition for Service members, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities. Specifically, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) provides 12 months of training towards an associate degree, non-college degree, or certificate that leads to a high-demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor.     


    VRAP benefits can only be paid for full-time training. You will not receive benefits for any time period during which your training drops below full time. This includes situations in which one or more of your classes ends before the others.


    *The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through Sept. 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from Oct. 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. VRAP benefits can only be paid for full-time training. You will not receive benefits for any time period during which your training drops below full time. This includes situations in which one or more of your classes ends before the others.*The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through Sept. 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from Oct. 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. 

     

     

    VOW Fact Sheet

    To qualify, a student must be:
         1. Unemployed
         2. At least 35 but no more than 60 years old
        
    3. Other than dishonorably discharged
        
    4. Not eligible for any other VA benefit program (GI Bill)
        
    5. Not in receipt of VA compensation due to Individual Unemployment (IU)
         6. Not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
         7. Enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school

    Note: Benefits will only be paid for the time that student is enrolled in 12+ credit hours.
     
     
    To apply: 
         • Online at the VA website noted below. Once you receive your letter of eligibility, bring in a copy to the Financial Aid Office.   

    Also required:
    • You will need to supply a copy of your DD214 Member 4.
    • Complete the Military Benefits Data Form and return it to the Financial Aid Office.
    • You are also granted credit through this specialized General Petition for two courses, HTH 104 and PED 100, for completing Basic Training.

    Now what?
    Once all the paperwork has been reviewed by our office and your status as a student in good standing* has been confirmed, we will certify your classes. Payments will be sent directly to you. It is up to you to confirm your enrollment monthly through the VA website when appropriate. 


    * In order to be eligible to receive benefits, a student must:
        1. Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher
        2. Complete 67% of all credits attempted with a grade of C or higher 
            [Grades of W count against your average will be reported to the appropriate VA agency, and may 
            result in an overpayment of benefits for which the student, alone, will be responsible to repay.]

        3. Have completed a formal academic evaluation of all previous college credit toward the degree 
            which they are pursuing at Triton College within two semesters of attendance