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SAA International is approved for education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
Navigating the ins and outs of VA education assistance can be daunting. At SAA, we can help. Our Student Services department is well-versed in explaining how education benefits can be applied to flight training with us. Contact us for a one-on-one consultation. We want to help you in your transition to the next step in your career. Considering your service to our country, it's the least we can do.
By statute (38 U.S.C. 3452), an individual may receive VA educational assistance while pursuing a vocational, educational, or professional objective.
Eligible veterans, service members, and reservists may receive educational assistance for flight training in an approved course provided that the individual meets the requirements of one of the training programs.
For more information about approved programs and the application process, visit the Veterans Affairs office website here.
The Full text of our Veteran's Information Bulletin (VIB) can be read here for further details.
Student Spotlight: Steve Mitchell, LtCdr USN (Ret)
After a career in the U.S. Navy, Steve Mitchell sought to move into the world of commercial aviation.
"It quickly became apparent that SAA was the preeminent flight school. What made SAA stand out so highly above the others was the professionalism and extreme level of knowledge of all the SAA Maintenance personnel, Operations and Administration staff, and the Flight Instructors. Possibly the best way to convey to a fellow Veteran how good the SAA professionals are is to say that they are on par with the Officers and Enlisted I served and/or worked with during my twenty year Naval career; they’re that good!"
When asked what advice he could give to those considering using their VA benefits, Mr. Mitchell said: "The registration process at SAA could not have been easier; you simply show up with your VA Certificate of Eligibility and the professionals at SAA, who have been doing this a long time, complete the process and get you into the training pipeline with no delay. Depending upon your eligibility percentage, it’s very possible that your benefits will cover all Instrument training expenses and up to one half of the cost for Commercial training - not a bad deal!"
Thank you for your service! Good Luck, fair winds, and following seas!
For flight training at a Vocational Flight Training school, you use one month of entitlement each time the VA pays $860.83. Therefore, if your program cost is $5,165.00, you will utilize 6 months of benefits (one half of the annual amount of your benefit of $10,330.00) for the academic year beginning Aug 1 through July 31.
For flight training as part of a degree program at a Private Institution of Higher Learning, you use one month of entitlement each time VA pays $1506.45. If your program cost is $9,038.75, you will utilize 6 months of your benefits (one half of the annual amount of your benefit of $18,077.50) for the academic year beginning Aug 1 through July 31.
For flight training as part of a degree program at a Public Institution of Higher Learning, the entitlement is calculated as any other degree program taken; 36 months of full time pursuit.
Here is an example:
Term: Standard 16-week semester
Hours: 8 credits
Fulltime: 12 hours
Days in term: 120 days
Rate of Pursuit: 8/12=.66667
Rate of Pursuit time number of days in term: .66667 x 120=80. This is 80 days of entitlement for a rate of pursuit of less than 100%.
For more information or for resolution of specific payment problems, a veteran, service member or reservist may call the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) at 1-888-442-4551, or submit a question through Right Now Web on the web site www.gibill.va.gov.
Flight Training Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (CH 33)
If you are enrolled in vocational flight training the training facility, upon completion of your program, can be reimbursed up to the full cost of training or $10,330.00 per academic year (August 1 through July 31), whichever is less. The allowance is paid monthly by VA to the school based upon actual training certified by the flight school as indicated on VA Form 22-6553C, “Monthly Certification of Flight Training”. You will not receive a housing allowance or the books & supplies stipend.
∎ If you are enrolled in any degree program that consists of flight training at a public Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the resident in-state cost of the training and will receive your housing allowance and the books & supplies stipend (this includes payment for the private pilot license).
∎ If you are enrolled in any degree program that consists of flight training at a private Institution of Higher Learning you can be reimbursed up to the full cost of the training or $17,500 per academic year, whichever is less. You will also receive the housing allowance and the books & supplies stipend (this includes payment for the private pilot license).
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about the education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.