For eligible individuals, GI Bill® Education beneﬁts can cover tuition and fees for approved programs. Depending on the student’s situation, beneﬁts may also include payment of a monthly housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies.
GI Bill® Programs and eligibility criteria are complex and subject to change, so students should always refer any questions directly to the VA who can help determine if they are eligible and the conditions of their eligibility. For more information, call the VA Education Phone number: 1.888.442.4551 (1.888.GI Bill 1) or visit their site using the button below.
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VocRehab or VR&E) are Department of Veteran’s Affairs administered programs that aid eligible Veterans with the cost of education. Additional benefits such as living allowances, textbooks, and other expenses may be included, depending on program and eligibility. In addition to financial assistance for post-secondary training, VR&E provides support with career choice, resume development and job seeking skills as well as other personalized support.
To find out more about eligibility and to apply for these programs visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab.
Cybersecurity Career Program
For active-duty, transitioning soldiers, we offer a Career Skills Program through our partnership with Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
CORE CCP is a full-time immersive cybersecurity program. The CCP utilizes SecureSet Academy’s CORE program, with curriculum focused on cybersecurity engineering. This program prepares students for a wide range of cybersecurity careers such as security engineers, analysts, pen testers, and consultants. Learn more about all of SecureSet’s programs below.
Selected Transitioning Service members attend classes as their place of duty during the entire training period. CCP graduates earn up to 33 college credit hours at articulating universities and a SecureSet Academy diploma. Students have an opportunity to earn industry certifications and are supported by SecureSet’s Career Services team throughout their program.
If you are an active-duty military personnel and would like to find out more, please contact us at [email protected].
Transitioning Service Members may be eligible to participate in the SecureSet Cybersecurity Career Program (CCP). The CCP is an Army Career Skills Program (CSP) offered in partnership with Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Approved students will enroll in SecureSet’s CORE program and must complete all CSP requirements as specified by the Fort Carson CSP office.
Unfortunately, GI Bill® cannot be used for the PREP workshop, your benefits can only be used for SecureSet’s VA-approved immersive programs (CORE, HUNT and PATH). For students who want to use their GI Bill® benefits to pay for an immersive program, the PREP workshop registration fee can be used as a credit toward certifications that are completed through SecureSet, including CISSP and Security+.
SecureSet’s immersive programs are approvedGI Bill® at our Colorado Campuses. Those who wish to use their GI Bill® benefits can verify their eligibility online at https://www.va.gov/education/ or by calling the VA Education Hotline: 1.888.442.4551 (1.888.GI Bill 1). Once you have your eligibility information in hand, SecureSet’s VA Trained School Certifying Officials (SCOs) can help guide you the rest of the way.
Those interested in VocRehab programs must first apply online at http://www.beneﬁts.va.gov/vocrehab. If you are found entitled, you will work with a VA counselor and, if approved, be given a training plan. Once you have an approved training plan from your counselor, a SecureSet SCO can support you with your enrollment in an immersive program.
SecureSet Academy is classified as a Non-College Degree (NCD) school by the VA. Each academic year (August 1-July 31) the VA sets a yearly cap on tuition and fees for the Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) GI Bill®. Simply speaking, you will need to have an eligibility of 100% and a certain number of months of benefit remaining to cover all of the tuition and fees for your immersive program under Post 9/11 GI Bill®.
Many factors can impact this, including whether you have used your benefits at another NCD during the same academic year. You also might have a different type of benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30)
It’s important to keep in mind that GI Bill® Benefits are complex and only the VA can advise you on your particular benefits situation. The most important first step is to understand your eligibility which you can check online at https://www.va.gov/education/ or by calling the VA Education Hotline: 1.888.442.4551. Once you have that, our SCOs can assist you with how your benefits can be applied at SecureSet, how much of your tuition would be covered and your payment options should you have less than 100% coverage.
To use your VA education benefits, you must first apply for them through https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/. The VA Regional Office in St. Louis, MO may take 8-12 weeks to process applications for educational benefits, so early application is encouraged. If you are not sure which type of benefit you wish to use, contact the Office of Veteran’s Administration at 888-442-4451 with additional questions.
Once you’ve applied for your benefits, submit a copy or screenshot of your Certificate of Eligibilty (COE) to SecureSet’s registrar ([email protected]).
Once you have submitted all the necessary enrollment documentation, your SecureSet SCO will certify your enrollment with the VA. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have informed SecureSet that you are using your benefits to pay for tuition, that you understand your eligibility, and that your SCO has everything that is required to process your VA certification before your cohort starts.
If you are using Post 9/11 GI Bill® and are eligible for a housing allowance (BAH), the monthly payment from the VA is paid in arrears (on the first of the month for the prior month) and prorated for any month in which you are not in class for the full month. VA processing time, the date your program starts and not submitting all of your required paperwork can cause delays in receiving your BAH payment – please keep this in mind, be proactive, and plan for it financially.
Remember that you can contact the VA Education Hotline at any time to inquire about the timing and amount of your payments: 1.888.442.4551 (1.888.GI Bill 1).
No, SecureSet is not eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA) or Yellow Ribbon programs.
For students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill® the VA will pay for a percentage of mandatory tuition and fees for approved programs based on your percentage of eligibility and the number of months of benefit you have remaining.
If you have less than 100% eligibility or not enough months remaining, you will be responsible for the tuition balance not covered by your benefits. SecureSet has a number of financing options that are open to all students and can provide this information to you.
It is your responsibility to understand your eligibility and the type of benefits you have; the VA can best help with that: https://www.va.gov/education/ or 1.888.442.4551 (1.888.GI Bill 1).