Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
You can continue your education by using part of your military pay to help cover the cost of school. Find out if you can get benefits through the Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)—a $2-to-$1 government-match program for educational assistance.
Can I get this benefit?
You can get this benefit if you went into the service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and:
- You opened and put money into your VEAP account before April 1, 1987, and
- You put in $25–$2,700 on your own, and
- You finished your first period of service and were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.
What benefits can I get?
Money for tuition
How do I get this benefit?
You’ll need to apply. Apply for benefits.
You can use VEAP benefits for these programs:
- Undergraduate and graduate degree programs
- Co-op training
- Non-college degree programs (technical or vocational courses)
- Flight training
- On-the-job training and apprenticeships
- Licensing and certification tests
- Entrepreneurship training
- Certain entrance examinations (national testing)
- Correspondence training
- In some cases:
- Remedial courses (classes some students must take to build up their basic skills in math, reading, or English before they can take regular college courses),
- Deficiency courses (classes some student must take in order to be admitted to a certain college)
- Refresher courses (brief courses that help people review and improve their knowledge in a certain subject area)
How much you put in every month will determine how many months of benefits you get (1–36 months). You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If VEAP benefits go unused after that 10-year period, you can ask for a refund for the amount left in your fund.
Active Duty: If you’re currently on active duty and want to use VEAP, you must have at least 3 months of contributions in the fund.
Withdrawals: You can withdraw the money in your VEAP account if you don’t meet basic qualifying requirements or if you formally ask for a refund.