Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
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 seamless transition for Servicemembers, 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 Associates Degree, Non-College Degree, or Certificate that leads to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor.*The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014.
VOW Fact Sheet
To qualify a student must: 1. Unemployed 2. At least 35 but no more than 60 years old 3. Other than dishonorably discharged 4. Not eligibile 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 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.
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. For more information and to apply: www.gibill.va.gov/vrap* 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, towards the degree which they are pursuing at Triton College, within two semesters of attendance.
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