Some of the estimated 12,000 veterans in San Luis Obispo County could qualify for a new nationwide program that will help pay education costs for training for high-demand professions, according to a recent news release.
The Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) will pay up to 12 months of costs in VA-approved education or training programs. The amount will be the same as the full-time Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Rate of $1,473 a month. The program is a joint effort of the Department of Labor and Veterans Affairs, and it is designed to educate and retrain 99,000 unemployed veterans in the U.S.
To qualify for VRAP assistance, a veteran must be: 35-60 years old, unemployed, not dishonorably discharged.
Must start education/training after July 1 in a VA-approved education program by a community college or technical school that leads to an associate degree, non-college degree or certification.
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Not eligible for any other VA education benefits.
Not already enrolled in a federal or state job training program in the past 180 days.
Not received VA compensation at the 100 percent rate due to individual unemployability.
Cal Poly and Cuesta College offer VA-approved education programs.