Use your VA Benefits to become a Commercial Pilot at Gulf Coast Aviation!
Montgomery GI Bill Reimbursable Costs
The Montgomery GI Bill reimbursement policy of the VA for flight training is limited to 60% of costs up to the maximum number of hours approved for dual instruction for both flight and ground training. The maximum hours are based on the FAA Regulations Part 141 for each certificate or rating sought.
This reimbursement is paid to you by the VA on a monthly basis, and is calculated based on the total cost of actual training you received. This information is documented on the VA’s Monthly Certification report and submitted to the VA by Gulf Coast Aviation.
The policy excludes reimbursement for any hours over the approved maximum, FAA medical exams, books, or other materials whether they are required or not. The policy may include, at your request, reimbursement for your FAA written exams and FAA practical check-rides.
When you meet with our staff, we can provide you with a reasonable estimate of the expected total VA program cost for the course(s) you choose. Exact costs will depend on your progress, since students must train to FAA Practical Test Standards. Additional factors can include general aptitude, study habits, and personal motivation.
Payment for all charges incurred for aircraft rental and instruction are due upon completion of each training session. Payment can be made with a credit card, or debit card, as well as cash or check.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
The post 9/11 GI Bill will cover up to 100% of your flight training with no out of pocket expense to you. This is limited to $10,000 per academic year. (This resets in August every year) Second class medical is required. To begin a student must have an eligibility letter from the VA.
Since the flight school is paid directly for all flight training, the student does not need to pay for any training.
The student will be essentially extended credit on receipt of the eligibility letter.
VA requires students to complete a minimum amount of training during the reporting period as follows:
Veterans, service members or reservists receiving federal educational assistance benefits under Title 38, U. S. Code, are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of instruction per quarter (defined as every 90 -day period following the date training began). Additionally, Each VA student must complete a minimum of 5 hours of flight or ground training during each 30-day period following the training began. Exceptions may be granted due to weather, illness or other unavoidable circumstances and must be documented in the student file to be considered acceptable.
Veterans, service members or reservists failing to meet these monthly and quarterly minimums will be terminated for the purpose of VA payment effective the last day of that month or quarter. A student may re-enroll only after evidence is shown that the conditions relating to the unsatisfactory attendance have been rectified. A student may re-enroll more than one time if mitigating circumstances allow.
Students MUST have a valid 2nd class medical
This is an excellent way to use your GI Bill or Veterans Funds to complete flight training and earn your pilots license.
Please call the Veterans Administration at: 1-888-GI Bill—1 to verify your eligibility.
Common Questions and Answers
Post 9/11 Q&A For Flight Training. Read here for important information:
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