Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

 

To provide training in a program that leads to a high demand occupation and employment assistance to unemployed Veterans.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
64.036
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: Veterans Benefits Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), Public Law 112-56.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An eligible Veteran must:
Be at least 35 but not more than 60 years old,
Be unemployed,
Have last been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions,
Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit programs,
Not be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability, and
Not be or have been in the last 180 days, enrolled in a Federal or state job training program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Participants may pursue an approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school that leads to an associate degree or a certificate (or other similar evidence of the completion of the program of education or training) and is designed to provide training for a high-demand occupation.
Credentials/Documentation
Military discharge certificate (DD 214) is sometimes required; enrollment certification by institution offering training is required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Individuals may apply for assistance under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program by completing and submitting an electronic application available via VA’s Online Application (VONAPP) website (http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/).
Award Procedure
Awards are authorized at the designated VA Regional Processing Office.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Participants may use benefits during the period beginning July 1, 2012, and ending March 31, 2014. The authority for the program terminates effective March 31, 2014.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Participants may pursue an approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school that leads to an associate degree or a certificate (or other similar evidence of the completion of the program of education or training) and is designed to provide training for a high-demand occupation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Retraining assistance will not be paid until VA receives certification of enrollment from the educational institution and monthly verification of such enrollment from the Veteran. Veterans are required to notify the educational institution and VA of any changes to enrollment. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
No audits are required for this program.
Records
None.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Veterans receive monthly payments of retraining assistance. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
Headquarters Office
Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Phone: 202-461-9800
Website Address
http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/
Financial Information
Account Identification
36-0137-0-1-702.
Obligations
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 11 Not Available; FY 12 est $198,900,000; and FY 13 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Individuals may receive up to 12 months of retraining assistance equal to the monthly amount payable under section 3015(a)(1) of title 38, United States Code.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Section 211 of Public Law 112-56; 38 CFR 21.9800-21.9920
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.