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VA Approved Flight Training


Using Veteran’s Benefits under the G.I. Bill:
Premier Flight Center’s professional flight training program has been approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for reimbursement under the Montgomery GI bill for veterans eligible for GI Bill educational benefits. To qualify for these benefits, the veteran must have a private pilot’s license and valid second class medical certification before beginning a reimbursable pilot training program. Under Chapter 30 of the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB), the VA will reimburse the enrolled veteran up to 60% of the approved training charges up to the maximum allowable. At Premier Flight Center we are ready to assist the veteran who wishes a career as a professional pilot. Contact us at (605) 728-2233.
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General Information on VA Educational Benefits.
For details on eligibility and benefits, be sure to check www.gibill.va.gov. Premier Flight Center makes no guarantees regarding your specific eligibility for benefits. The flight training student is responsible for all training costs incurred. To be certain, you may obtain a VA Certificate of Eligibility, which will detail your available benefits.

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB), also known as Chapter 30:
This educational benefit may be used for flight training. The VA reimbursement is typically approximately 60% and can be used for training following receipt of a Private Pilot Certificate. MGIB benefits may be used for up to 10 years from the date of last discharge or release from active duty. (The 10 year period can be extended under special circumstances. Contact the VA for details). Eligible veterans, based on two years of active duty and four years in the Selected Reserve, have 10 years from active duty release date, or 10 years from the completion of the four-year Selected Reserve obligation to use MGIB benefits. VA benefits do not reimburse costs for Private Pilot Certificate training. To qualify for these GI benefits, the veteran must have a private pilot’s license and valid medical certification before beginning a reimbursable pilot training program.

Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvement Act of 2010: On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Senate Bill (S-3447), “Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvement Act of 2010.” A brief summary of this new law’s impact on flight training benefits is outlined below. For more complete information, see www.gibill.va.gov.

Effective now. Payable beginning October 1, 2011:
Expands the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include Active Service performed by National Guard members under Title 32 U.S.C. for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency.

Effective October 1, 2011:
Allows students to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for non-college degree programs such as flight training (for other than a Private Pilot License) at flight schools such as Premier Flight Center. Flight programs: The new bill pays the lesser of actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school or ~ $12,500.00, whichever is less per academic year.