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Less than 40 percent of working-age Americans came out of a college or university and into the current workforce, which means a huge slice of the population — the majority — learned their trade or profession outside of a traditional academic institution.

Below are five hidden paths (i.e. programs) that the G.I. Bill lets veterans take when they’d rather carve out their own niche than pursue a college degree.

Before you do, know what you’re working with — check your G.I. Bill benefits by clicking here.

On-the-Job Training & Apprenticeships

Veterans who would rather pursue a career that offers on-the-job training (OJT) can get some major costs paid for — like books, housing and other supplies needed to complete the program.

Co-Op Training

Veterans using their VA education benefits while enrolled in one of these programs may be able to receive monthly payments for books, housing and other necessities.

Non-College Degree Programs

The G.I. Bill can cover the tuition (in addition to other expenses) for a number of non-college degree programs. And not just for vets either — for qualified dependents and active-duty service members as well.

Non-Traditional Options

These programs are for veterans looking for something other than the customary, established plans. For example, a vet can receive lump sum payments if enrolled in specific high-technology classes.


For more information on these and other “work and learn” opportunities and programs, click here.