GI Bill

FAA 141 Approved and VA Approved Flight School

If you qualify under the terms of your GI Bill, you can use your benefits towards flight training at Treasure Coast Flight Training.

Veterans Benefits for Flight Training – The Montgomery G.I. Bill

How does it work?

Do my benefits cover any expenses for Private Pilot? Unfortunately, at this time the GI Bill benefits require a Private Pilot’s License for use of benefits so they will not cover any expenses of the Private Pilot’s License.

However, once you do obtain your Private Pilot’s License, the VA will pay 60%-100% of all future licenses/ratings depending on what you qualify for.

What does it mean to be a VA Approved Flight School?

Based on the Federal Aviation Regulations (which is part of the Code of Federal Regulations) Flight Schools can operate under either Part 61 of the FAR (Federal Aviation Regulations) or under Part 141. Most flight schools operate under Part 61. In order for a flight training facility to be approved for VA Benefits, a school has to meet the much more stringent requirements of FAR Part 141. Once approved by the FAA under Part 141, a school can then apply to the Veterans Affairs Administration to be approved for VA funding.

So what can I expect the G.I. Bill to pay for?

After successfully obtaining your Private Pilot’s License with your own funding, the GI Bill benefits will then pay for approximately 60-100%% of all the training costs (depending on what you qualify for) for any advanced pilot ratings (e.g. Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot’s License, etc.) at a VA and FAA Approved Part 141 flight training facility. Benefits do not normally cover medical certificates, books, test fees, or housing expenses incurred during your training.

If you would like to become a Professional Pilot, the total cost of flight training will be between $35,000 and $85,000, depending on the courses you choose. With the GI Bill benefits the total cost of training (after you have paid for your Private Pilot License) will be reduced by the amount you qualify for (60-100%).

How much will my training cost me at Treasure Coast Flight Training?

VA Benefits will not cover the cost of the PPL license, housing accommodations, books, or FAA exams. If for example the cost of your flight training here is $25,000. The student is reimbursed 60%-100% (depending on the amount you qualify for). You may also be eligible for additional funding through grants or scholarships through the FAFSA and college programs.

How does the VA pay me back?

The department of Veterans Affairs will reimburse an eligible veteran, service member or reservist for dual and solo flight training, preflight briefings, post flight critiques, and ground school the amount the student is entitled. This allowance is paid monthly by the VA to a student based upon actual training certified by the approved flight training facility as indicated on VA form 22-6553c, “Monthly Certification of Flight Training”. Entitlement is charged based on the rate of one month for a benefit amount equal to the full-time institutional rate (plus dependents where applicable).

How do I apply for VA Benefits?

If you have never applied for benefits, a student must complete and submit a VA Form 22-1990. If the applicant has entitlement, the VA will issue a Certificate of Eligibility, informing the claimant of their entitlement to education benefits.

Where Can I Learn More About My GI Bill Benefits?

Call the Veterans Administration Toll Free at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or, Click the Link Below to Connect to the VA Website, at http://www.gibill.va.gov