Certification Fees Reimbursement
A new licensing and certification benefit allows VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) to pay eligible individuals for the cost of a test for a license or certification. These tests must be specifically approved for the G.I. Bill. The CCO certification program is approved for re-imbursement.
Note that VA can pay only for the cost of the test and not other fees connected with obtaining a license or certification.
Candidates can receive reimbursement of up to $2,000 per test but not more than the actual cost of the test. Reimbursement for retesting is also available.
Individuals may receive this benefit if they are also eligible for:
- The Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty (also called the MGIB or Chapter 30; this benefit is not available for the MGIB for reservists), or
- VEAP (also called Chapter 32), or
- Dependents' Educational Assistance (also called DEA or Chapter 35)
Military personnel generally have 10 years after their discharge from active duty to use their benefits.
To apply for re-imbursement, candidates should send a copy of their test results to the VA office that handles their education benefits along with a note with the following information:
- request for reimbursement
- name and Social Security number or VA claim number
- the name of the test taken and the date taken
- NCCCO’s name and address
- cost of the test
- the following statement: "I authorize release of my test information to VA."
Individuals who have never previously filed a claim for VA education benefits must also submit an application for benefits. Either of the following forms can be printed from the VA web site:
- VA Form 22-1990 for veterans or those on active duty
- VA Form 22-5490 for eligible children or spouses
Further information is provided by the VA at http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/pamphlets/lc_brochure.pdf.