I had the privilege of interviewing ALU School of Law graduate, attorney and inspiration, RoseAnn Frazee, class of 2008. Ms. Frazee passed the bar on her first try at the age of 65, but she had been studying and “practicing” law since she was 12 years old in Alaska.
You only get 36 months of G.I. BILL benefits in most cases. The average bachelor's degree can take up to 5 years (60 months). There is a large disconnect between the idea of completing a Bachelor’s degree and the use of the G.I. BILL to do that. At the average school you won’t be able to leave with a credential using your G.I. BILL.
The VA will pay for certification exams. To be more specific they will reimburse you for the cost of the test with proof of an attempt. You can take a test as many times as you want, and the VA will pay even if you fail.
You have been through training and received valuable experience. Now it’s time to apply that to your degree or training credential. There are a few ways to accomplish this that do not always include just using your SMART transcript or pre assigned credit transfer on your Joint Service Training Transcript.
I have always found it interesting that the VA only gives 36 months of educational benefits. This is more than enough for an Associates Degree, but not enough for a Bachelor's Degree. They also limit some non credit training and have a minimum length for eligibility. In short, they do not clearly define what your G.I. BILL is to be used for. Lastly, if you run out of G.I. BILL or want to go for a bachelor's degree then what?
Under current rules, troops who serve six years and commit to at least four more can transfer their education benefits to a spouse or child to attend college. That covers tuition payments, book stipends and, in many cases, housing costs.
We have seen several veterans with less than 100% G.I. BILL usage available. This can be caused by several things but there is no solution provided by the VA. Not even the yellow ribbon program can help in this occasion. Most schools will ask the Veteran to find alternative sources of funding.