What should I know about Vet Tec?

Understand the veteran eligibility requirements and the benefits of the program towards tuition and housing.

What is Vet Tec?

Vet Tec stands for Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses. It is a tuition and housing assistance pilot program focused on advancing your IT career by offering high-tech training and skills development sought by employers. If you have at least one day of unexpired G.I. Bill® entitlement, then you may be eligible for Vet Tec. We are currently unable to accept Vet Tec funds for part time programs.

Am I eligible for Vet Tec?

You may be eligible for Vet Tec if you meet all the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true. You:

  • Are not on active duty, and
  • Qualify for VA education assistance under the GI Bill, and
  • Have at least one day of unexpired GI Bill entitlement, and
  • Are accepted into a program by a VA-approved training provider
  • Note: Your Vet Tec training won’t count against your GI Bill entitlement, and you need only one day of unexpired GI Bill benefits to participate.

What types of training does Vet Tec cover?

You can get training in one of these high-demand training areas:

  • Computer software
  • Computer programming
  • Data processing
  • Information science
  • Media applications

What benefits can I get through this program?

With Vet Tec, you can get:

  • Tuition for a full-time high-tech training program
  • Money for housing during your training

If you attend your training program in person, your housing stipend will be equal to the monthly military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This is based on the zip code where you attend your training.

If you participate in an online program, your stipend will be half of the BAH national average for an E-5 with dependents.

Note: If you do not attend a training for a full month, Vet Tec will prorate your housing payment for the days you train.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the Vet Tec program online.

If we determine that you are eligible for Vet Tec, you’ll then apply to the VA-approved training provider of your choice. Your training provider may review your qualifications to assess whether they think you will be able to successfully complete their training program and find meaningful, relevant employment.

Vet Tec is a five-year pilot program. You can participate if the funding is available.

Note: If you haven’t already applied for VA education benefits, you’ll also need to fill out an Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) or apply online.

VET TEC Training Providers

Browse the list of VA-approved VET TEC training providers.

A provider is considered “preferred” if the training facility agrees to refund tuition and fees if a student does not find meaningful employment within 180 days of completing the program.

How can I show that I have completed the program?

After you complete your training, you will receive a certification of your new skills.

Get more information

If you have questions about the program or how to apply:

  • Call us at 888-442-4551. We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. If you have hearing loss, call TTY: 711.
  • Or email us at VETTEC.VBABUF@va.gov.