Bristow Academy, Inc. is approved for the training of veterans, reservists, and other eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, U.S. Code.
The Veterans Administration will not pay for the Private rating. Once the veteran has a Private Pilot Certificate, the VA will reimburse 60% of the veteran’s training costs for Part 141 approved courses. The courses Bristow Academy has approved by the VA at this time are Commercial Pilot, Commercial Pilot Add-On, Instrument Rating, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, Turbine Transition, and Airline Transport Pilot courses.
The first step a veteran needs to take is to find out if they qualify for benefits. The veteran can call the Veterans Administration at 1-888-442-4551. They can tell the veteran if they qualify and answer questions that the veteran may have.
Once the veteran knows that they have benefits available Bristow Academy can assist with completing the relevant VA forms once they arrive for training and/or have completed their Private license. If this is the first time a veteran has used their benefits they will complete a VA Form 22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits. If the veteran has used their benefits before they will complete a VA Form 22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training. The completed form is mailed to the VA by Bristow Academy along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers (Military Form DD214 - #4 copy). If the veteran does not have a #4 copy of their DD214 they must obtain this before arrival at Bristow Academy. The veteran will receive an awards letter stating the amount of benefits available for use. A copy of this letter needs to be given to Bristow Academy so an Enrollment Certificate can be sent to the Veterans Administration to enroll the veteran in our program.
Once the veteran starts training we will complete a report each month for training costs to submit to the VA. The VA will reimburse the veteran’s training costs based on these reports. After the report is submitted the veteran will receive their check.
The VA pays in arrears so the veteran is responsible for payment of training at the time of service and the VA will reimburse the veteran directly.