VRRAP: What Is It, and How Can It Help Fund Your Tech Education?

As a veteran, you already know the challenges of jumping into something unknown: you have grit, determination, motivation, and know how to problem-solve. Thanks to The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) and our certification by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, you can put those skills to use with a career in the tech industry. Our military program manager, Teri Pfeffer, explains the details of this program.

As the military program manager for Code Fellows, part of the admissions team, and a military spouse of 24 years, I know firsthand how challenging it can be for members of the veteran community to transition out of their military role and into civilian life. Here at Code Fellows, we believe in our veteran community and are passionate about serving veterans and helping them transition into new and rewarding careers. That’s why I’m always looking for more ways Code Fellows can help serve the veteran community—a community that has served all of us so well. So what is the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)?

Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)

The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) offers education and training for high-demand jobs to Veterans who are unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep reading to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.

Am I eligible for this program?

To be eligible for this program, you must meet all the requirements listed here.

All of these must be true:

  • You’re at least 22 years old, but not older than 66, and
  • You’re unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • You’re not rated as totally disabled because you can’t work, and
  • You’re not enrolled in a federal or state jobs program *Note: You can’t receive VRRAP benefits at the same time as you’re receiving unemployment benefits (including CARES Act benefits).

If I’m eligible for other education benefits or VR&E, can I get VRRAP benefits?

No. At the time you apply for VRRAP, you can’t be eligible for any of these other benefits:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) *Note: You can get VRRAP benefits if you were at one time eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill but you’ve transferred all of your benefits to family members.

What types of education and training programs does VRRAP cover?

VRRAP covers education and training programs approved under the GI Bill® and Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) that lead to high-demand jobs.

What benefits can I get through this program?

If you’re eligible for VRRAP, you can get:

  • Up to 12 months of tuition and fees, and
  • A monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates

If you’re a veteran interested in learning more, email us—it’s what we are here for. Whether you’re already experienced in tech or you’re looking to shift your career (or life) path, at Code Fellows we believe in you.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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