VRRAP: Veteran Funding Source for Education & Training


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In this blog, you will find the necessary resources for you to be able to understand if you qualify for VRRAP benefits and what those benefits are that you are eligible to receive. You will also find the instructions and links you need to know to successfully apply for your benefits and additional resources.

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COVID-19's Economic Impact on Veterans

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. 

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 other Veterans Education Benefits or VR&E benefits (or, if you’re eligible for Veterans Education Benefits, 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 Veterans Education Benefits 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 Veterans Education Benefits 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 learn about training. Click here to schedule a career consultation now.

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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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