Are you a veteran and interested in using the GI Bill benefits or a Guard member wanting to tap into Vermont's free tuition legislation to support your education at Vermont Tech? This page has all the info you need to get started.
Veterans planning to attend Vermont Technical College using the GI Bill should indicate this on their Admissions Application. Also, please visit the GI Bill website and complete the VA Form 22-1990 Application for Educational Benefits online or download it and mail it to:
VA Regional Office
PO Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
It takes weeks, but if eligible for benefits, the VA will send a letter of eligibility to the veteran, a copy of which should be forwarded to:
Vermont Technical College
Attn: Veterans Certifying Official
PO Box 500
Randolph Center, VT 05061
Once veteran eligibility is established, student enrollment will automatically be certified with the VA every semester that a student is enrolled. If a student does not want to be certified or is no longer eligible for VA benefits, they must notify the Registrar prior to the start of classes.
Veterans need to be prepared to purchase books and have living expenses for the first 4-6 weeks of classes. The initial payments can be slow, but will be retroactive to the start of the term once they begin.
Veterans must notify the Registrar of any changes in tuition and fees after the initial enrollment certification is completed each semester. Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) students who are also receiving Air National Guard tuition reduction (25%) must notify the Student Accounts Office of this prior to each semester.
- For Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) Veterans, the BAH rate for all Vermont Tech students and campuses, with the exception of students attending the Williston campus is based on the Randolph zip code no matter where the student lives or attends classes. Students attending the Williston campus will be paid the Williston BAH. The VA determines the BAH rate based on the zip code of the physical location of the school with administrative capability.
- VA does not pay based on the campus the student may actually be attending.
The first payments from the VA normally arrive four to six weeks from the beginning of the term, so veterans are not required to pay tuition, fees, or room and board prior to receiving their VA benefits. Students may also set up payment plans to stretch out payments over the term, if that becomes necessary. The amount of the payments is dependent on eligibility and entitlements.
Vermont Tech does not require Advanced Payment requests for current veteran students or applicants.
Vermont recently passed legislation stating that active duty Guard members are also elibigle for free tuition. Please read the State of Vermont legislation to learn more.