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VRRAP: Veteran Funding Source for Education & Training


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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new veteran funding source for education & training is now being offered. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) offers education and training for high-demand jobs to Veterans who are unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep reading to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply. 

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COVID-19's Economic Impact on Veterans

According to the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families September 2020 report, the veteran unemployment rate of veterans ages 25-to-34 is at 9.4%, higher than nonveteran unemployment. Military Times shares, "Before COVID struck, experts were concerned with signs of persistent underemployment, veterans employed in jobs below their qualifications. Underemployment remains a significant problem, as veterans may take jobs in reopening low-wage sectors to meet their financial challenges."

VRRAP is a veteran funding source that looks to mitigate these challenges for veterans whose employment was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What does it mean to be unemployed due to COVID-19?

There are two main factors to being unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. You lost your job during the pandemic
  2. You couldn't find a job throughout the pandemic

Am I eligible for VRRAP?

All of the following must be true to be eligible for this program. You're:

  • At least 22 years old, but not older than 66, and
  • Unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • Not eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill® or VR&E benefits (or, if you’re eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, you’ve transferred all of your benefits to family members), and
  • Not rated as totally disabled because you can’t work, and
  • Not enrolled in a federal or state jobs programs, and
  • Not receiving unemployment benefits (including CARES Act benefits)

What is VRRAP?

VRRAP covers education and training programs approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) that lead to high-demand jobs. These include associate degrees, non-college degrees, and certificate programs. The Department of Labor determines what’s considered a high-demand job for VRRAP. Find out which jobs are considered high demand by the VA (PDF)

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Does VA pay for certificate programs?

If you’re eligible for VRRAP, you can get:
  • Up to 12 months of tuition and fees, and 
  • A monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill® rates


When will VRRAP be available?

VRRAP is available until December 11, 2022. The VA will stop making payments on this date—or when reaching either the $386 million funding limit or the 17,250 participant limit.

How do I apply?

You can apply online right now on the VA website. You can also schedule a career consultation with an Education Advisor who can help you with the process. Click here to schedule a career consultation now.

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GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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