VA to Cover Certifying Exams

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Thursday May 3, 11:46 am Eastern Time

Press Release

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA to Cover Certifying Exams

WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Veterans taking tests required for certification or licensure in an occupation may be able to use their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits to cover test fees.

Veterans benefits already cover many of the courses needed for occupational licensure. The new benefit made possible by a recent change in law allows VA to pay for such things as a state bar examination required to practice law or a license qualification test for a plumber.

Veterans may be reimbursed for actual examination costs up to $2,000 per test. Participants must be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill or the Veterans' Educational Assistance Program. The benefit is also available to survivors of veterans who qualify for the Dependents Educational Assistance program.

In determining which tests will be approved for reimbursement, VA will rely on its existing partnerships with state agencies that certify education programs for GI Bill benefits. In general, if the testing organization is a non-governmental group, the test must be accepted within the industry and meet other requirements, such as having been in use for at least two years.

Because it is a new program, few tests were immediately authorized, but VA is encouraging organizations that administer occupational licensure and certification tests to request state approving agencies to review their examinations to obtain standing approval.

Both veterans and certifying organizations may obtain information about the process by calling VA's education service at 888-442-4551. Payments are sent directly to the veterans, who may obtain more information about VA educational benefits and procedures to apply for test reimbursement from VA's Web site at .



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But we in it shall be remember'd;

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he to-day that sheds his blood with me

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