Types of Benefits

The VA GI Bill® provides funding for those that want to acquire an education through VA-approved institutes of learning. Specifically, the GI Bill® is intended to provide benefits for returning veterans to ensure them an easier transition into the civilian job market. The GI Bill® doesn’t only cover tuition; it also covers certain licensing and certification tests, provided that they have been approved by the VA.

Utilization of the GI Bill® is ideal for anyone who wants to pursue their education or an updating of their licensing and certifications post-military life. The GI Bill® benefits are quite extensive and there are many programs that are covered under it; checking with the local VA office or with educational institutions directly will give you a better idea regarding what you can do under your GI Bill®.

Many veterans move into the field of IT following their service. The GI Bill® can be used not only for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree within information technology or computer science, but also for many of the invaluable certifications required of those that wish to become involved in the IT industry. This industry is also one of the few industries that will often accept certifications and experience in lieu of formal education, making it easier to break into for veterans lacking traditional degrees. In fact, due to DoD 8570.01, a department of defense directive requiring information assurance personnel to be certified, IT Certification can be mandatory for most DoD related positions.

You can become fast-tracked into a career in IT through a certification course rather than a traditional degree study. There are specific programs of study that accept the GI Bill®, so it is always worthwhile to discuss the GI Bill® with your institute of choice before moving forward.

CIAT is approved to accept the following VA Education Benefits:

  • MyCAA
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
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Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

This is an education benefit for service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Individuals who are entitled to 100% of this benefit can have their entire cost of tuition and fees covered when eligible. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

Service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with our VA coordinator. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp.

Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill®

This program is for members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard who have enlisted or re-enlisted in the select reserve with an obligation to serve 6 or more years on or after July 1st 1985. In order to be eligible for this benefit, the member will have had to complete their IDAT (initial date active training). Chapter 1606 expires once a service member has separated. This benefit pays directly to the student; arrangements for tuition and fees payment will need to be made with our VA coordinator. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is an education benefit to assist Reserve and National Guard members called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) for at least 90 cumulative days after 9/11/2001. This benefit pays directly to the student and can be used toward the cost of tuition and fees, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with our VA coordinator. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp or contact our on-site VA coordinator for more details.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

Service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with our VA coordinator. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

This employment program provides educational support to eligible veteran’s who are entering the work force. Veterans will meet with their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to develop an education plan. This benefit may cover the entire cost of tuition and fees. To contact a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. For more information visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon/yellow_ribbon_info_schools.asp.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program

MyCAA Funding pays for Military Spouses to take training for growing portable career fields. This program provides educational assistance to spouses of Active Duty members towards an Associates or Certificate program. Students who are eligible can qualify up to a $4,000 lifetime limit, with a maximum of $2,000 per Department of Defense fiscal year (Oct 1st – Sep 30th).

CIAT has several programs available in the 100% online or classroom format that can help Military Spouses train for a new career or advance in their current one. MyCAA funding can provide up to 100% of the cost.

Many MyCAA programs are priced at $4,000.00 and include books, certification exams (if applicable), and tuition. Read more about our MyCAA programs.

Transfer of Education Benefit (TEB) Post 9/11 GI Bill® to Dependents

Eligible active duty service members may be able to transfer their unused Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) benefit to their spouses or dependent children, while on active duty. This benefit may cover 100% of tuition and fees up to $19,198.31 per fiscal year (Aug 1st – July 31st). For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp.

Chapter 35: Survivor and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

This program provides educational assistance to spouses and dependents of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled, as a result of their service, and may be able to assist with the cost of tuition and fees. This benefit pays directly to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with our VA coordinator. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp.

FAQ

CIAT is currently approved to offer the following degree and certificate programs for those wishing to use their VA education benefits:

  • Associate of Applied Science Information Systems
  • Certificate in Computer Information Systems – Networking Concentration
  • Certificate as a Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Certificate as a Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Certificate in Application Development
  • Certificate in Graphic Design
  • Certificate in Web Design
  • Certificate as a Microsoft Office Specialist

These programs are offered at our San Diego campus and 100% online. Learn more.

You can apply for the GI Bill® by filling out the VA forms at the Veterans Online Application website. If you are applying for the first time, you will complete VA form 22-1990. If you’ve already used some of your benefits and are transferring from another institution, you will fill out form 22-1995. If you need assistance, contact our onsite VA Coordinator.

CIAT has an onsite Job Placement Coordinator who works with all students and graduates to secure a career after they finish our programs. Our Job Placement Coordinator will help you review your career goals, give you advice on job-searching strategies and interview techniques, and will assist in developing your resume.  Our placement coordinator also has several relationships with I.T. recruiters in San Diego county. Please contact Student Services for additional information.

In addition, there are many additional resources available online to assist you in your job search:

Veterans Employment Center

U.S. Department of Labor

American Corporate Partners

Most of our students take classes, in-person, at our San Diego campus. The majority of our programs are also taught online. Learn more about our programs.

ACCET is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)

CIAT is a private institution of higher learning and is approved to operate through the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education. This approval only means that CIAT is in compliance with the laws, regulations and standards set forth by the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 and in no way implies that CIAT or any of its courses or programs are endorsed or recommended by BPPE or the State of California.

–  For more information, please visit the bureau’s website.

  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET)
  • Member of Microsoft IT Academy
  • Cisco Networking Academy
  • CompTIA Authorized Academy
  • VMware Academy
  • Official Pearson VUE Testing Center
  • California EDD WIA Approved
  • GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contract GS-35F-0364Y
  • Approved to offer VA Education benefits
  • MyCAA Approved (Military Spouses)
  • Yellow Ribbon Program Approved