Wasilla, AK

Request More Information

By pressing submit below, you authorize Charter College to call you or text you information using the telephone number entered in the form above. You understand that communications may be initiated using an automatic telephone dialing system and that you are not required to provide this consent to be eligible to enroll or otherwise purchase additional services.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Wasilla, AK

Thursday, January 10, 2013

VRAP Updates

1/10/14

While the application period for the Veterans’ Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) closed October 1, 2013 (1), there is still hope that VRAP benefits could be extended beyond March 31, 2014. As it currently stands, veterans who have been approved for VRAP need to enroll in a training program as soon as possible in order to receive the greatest benefit as, by law, training benefits cannot be paid after March 31, 2014.

That might change if Senate bill S.6, Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2013, introduced in January 2013 by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gains more traction and attention as the March 31, 2014 deadline nears. The bill proposes to extend VRAP benefits to qualified veterans until 2016.

While this bill hasn’t seen any official movement since July 2013, there may be reason for hope. The legislation already has 25 cosponsors in the Senate (2) and could likely gain more as the March 31 deadline nears.

VRAP provides monthly benefits up to $1,648 per month to unemployed veterans between 35 and 60 years old who are pursuing training in a high-demand career field (1). VRAP-approved veterans must not be eligible for any other VA educational benefit.

Approximately 50,000 veterans who have been approved for VRAP benefits have not yet enrolled in a qualified training program, according to data from benefits.va.gov/VOW/education.asp. Participants must be enrolled in a program that leads to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate. 

5/21/2013

As of May 21, 2013, less than half of all veterans approved for VRAP assistance have enrolled in training programs1. With benefit payments scheduled to expire March 31, 2014, this means thousands of veterans will lose access to their full 12-month VRAP benefit1. The VRAP Extension Act of 2013 introduced in February of this year could extend benefit payments until June 30, 2014, allowing veterans who have not yet enrolled in training to receive a full 12-month benefit payment2. While the extension has not yet been approved, if you've been approved for VRAP funding, now is the time to enroll in a qualified program in order to make the most of your benefits.

Helping Wasilla Veterans navigate VRAP (Veteran's Retraining Assistance Program) - how it works, who it's for, what it does

How to use VRAP infographic Wasilla, AK

1. What Is Considered "Unemployed"?
  • The Department of Labor defines "unemployed" as "People who are jobless, looking for jobs, and available for work." All three criteria must be met to be considered unemployed.
  • How And When Does DoL Verify Unemployment Status And Thus Declare Someone Eligible For VRAP? Does A Veteran Have To Remain Unemployed To Be Eligible For VRAP?

o   Unemployment status is determined through self-attestation the day the Veteran applies for the program and they do not have to remain unemployed throughout the duration of the program.

2. Is There A Paper Application Anywhere For VRAP? I Don’t Have A Computer – Now What?

  • VRAP applications are only accepted electronically.  If you need assistance completing and submitting the online application you may visit your Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER)/Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist or One-Stop Career Shop.  You may also receive assistance by visiting the nearest VA Regional Office.  Click here for a listing of VA Regional Offices.
3.  Can I Apply For VRAP Before I Start Training?
  • Yes, the earlier the better as applications may be received through October 1, 2013, or once we have 99,000 participants, whichever comes first.
4.  When And How Will I Find Out If I’ve Been Approved For The VRAP Program?
  • Once an eligibility determination is made, a notification letter will be mailed to you.  To obtain the status of your VRAP claim, you may send an electronic inquiry (7 days a week, 24 hours a day) on our website, www.gibill.va.gov by clicking the “Submit a Question” button.  You may also call the VA Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 (Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, CST).
5. Can I Use VRAP If I Am Not A Full-Time Student?
  • No. VRAP benefits can only be paid for training pursued on a full-time basis.
  • Students are generally considered full time if they maintain 12 credits per semester3. However, because course loads differ between institutions and programs, students must be deemed full-time by the Recorder in the Financial Aid Department in order to receive their full benefit. Because of the accelerated pace at Charter College all students who are enrolled are full-time.
6. Eligible Programs
  • Participants must be enrolled in a program of education approved for VA benefits that is offered by a community college or technical school.
  • The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation. Search for an approved program here.
7. How Do I Verify My Enrollment?
  • If you're receiving the Active Duty or Reserve GI Bill, REAP, or VRAP use the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE)  or call our toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378) to verify your attendance
8. Will The Payments Under The VRAP Be Sent Directly To The School Like Payments Under The Post- 9/11 GI Bill?
  • No. The benefit will be paid directly to you and you are responsible for paying your expenses including tuition, fees, and books.
9. What Will Happen When I Finish My Training Under The VRAP Program?
  • The Department of Labor will provide employment assistance to every Veteran who participates, upon completion of their program.

Sources

1. http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm
2. http://veterans.house.gov/press-release/miller-aims-to-extend-veterans-retraining-program-through-june-2014
3. http://newgibill.org/get_answers

Latest Military Articles

military education benefits A to Z
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
 Confused by the plethora of military educational benefits? Here’s a quick look at what you need to know about the military education benefits out there and how they apply to your...
tuition assistance wasilla ak
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Latest News on Military Tuition AssistanceThe sequestration in Spring 2013 led to a brief interruption in Military Tuition Assistance programs in almost every branch of the military (except the...
military BAH wasilla ak
Monday, July 1, 2013
Using Your Housing StipendWasilla veterans, National Guard, and Reservists using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to fund their college education should be aware that the new housing stipends for 2013 go into...
yellow ribbon program wasilla ak
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
For veterans pursuing a higher education, the Yellow Ribbon Program can provide the funding you need to get the education you deserve. Want to know more? We asked Prospect Education Financial Aid...
memorial day 2013 wasilla, ak
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Memorial Day 2013 will mark the 10th Memorial Day that the United States has been involved in combat operations in the Middle East. Since 2003, more than 2 million soldiers have fought for freedom...
Top IT jobs for Alaska veterans
Friday, April 19, 2013
Good pay and favorable job growth in Anchorage and Alaska are two good reasons for Anchorage veterans to pursue a post military career in information technology (IT). Another bonus – jobs in...
vietnam veterans day anchorage ak
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Finally, some recognition and maybe something even more important – closure. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed HB67, the bill to recognize March 29th as Vietnam Veterans Day, into law this...
GI bill infographic
Monday, March 4, 2013
Wondering how to attend college and get the most out of your GI Bill and other veterans education benefits.Charter College
education benefits for military spouses
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
For spouses of Wasilla veterans or active military looking to further their education, there are a number of options for financial assistance available. Military spouses can take advantage of...
Thursday, February 7, 2013
LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) is a great tool for veterans who are transitioning out of the military into civilian life. Whether you’re going back to school or entering the workplace, LinkedIn...