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For VRAP Students


***Note: VRAP ends in early 2014. The last day to submit VA Application VA 22-1990R online is Oct. 1. The deadline for Spring 2014 certification is Jan. 15, 2014. You must submit your request to our office no later than Jan. 15. If submitted after Jan. 15, we cannot ensure it will get to the VA Regional Office on time.

View a VRAP public service announcement for a quick overview of this program.

What Is VRAP?

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g., the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not receiving VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through Sept. 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from Oct. 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014.

Participants must attend full time to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill — Active Duty program ($1,564 effective Oct. 1, 2012). The Department of Labor will offer employment assistance to every veteran who participates upon completion of the program.

Participants must be enrolled in a VA-approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an associate degree, noncollege degree or certificate and train the veteran for a high-demand occupation

How to Get Started

Here are the forms you will need to establish a record in your college’s VA Office:

a. VA Application — Please print the signed confirmation page from the Veterans Online Application website (VONAPP). Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, please bring us a copy. Use VA Application 22-1990R

b. Select your program from the VA’s list of high-demand occupations (PDF - 106KB).

c. DCCCD VA Data Sheet (PDF - 32KB)

d. DCCCD Certificate of Understanding (PDF - 36KB)

e. Official Degree Plan — We will process your certification once your transcripts have been evaluated and we have received your official degree plan from the Admissions/Registrar’s Office or a parent letter from your “home” college. You may pick up a degree plan request form at the Admissions/Registrar’s Office or the Veterans Affairs Office. Transcripts must be turned in to the Admissions Office.

f. Tuition Account Summary — (eConnect - login required) — Submit this every semester in which you want to claim your education benefits.