La Department of Veterans Affairs enacts Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program

Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP), was enacted on March 11, 2021, and was effective, immediately. VRRAP was part of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, with aid targeted to assist individuals and businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs released May 3

Eligible Veterans participating in VRRAP receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates. Covered education programs must provide training for high-demand occupations, which is determined by the Commissioner of Labor Statistics. GI Bill approved programs of education, excluding bachelor’s and graduate degrees, and VET TEC approved training are eligible.

VA has 17,250 training spots open for eligible Veterans and will soon announce additional details on how schools can sign-up to participate in VRRAP.  See our VRRAP homepage for more information.

VRRAP Participation Agreement

Educational institutions must complete and submit a voluntary Participation Agreement as well as VA Form 10091 to VA for review and approval.

How does it work?

VA will enter into participation agreements with organizations (referred to as “Educational Institutions”) that provide training and job placement outcomes. VA will incentivize these partners with a “pay-for-performance” model that pays these institutions incrementally based on the progress and success of their students.

For a program of education to qualify for VRRAP, it must meet the following criteria:

Be approved for GI Bill or VET TEC

Not lead to a bachelors or graduate degree

Provide training for a high-demand occupation

The payment model for VRRAP tuition and fees (paid directly to the participant’s educational institutions) is milestone based:

  • 50% when the Veteran begins the program
  • 25% when the Veteran completes the program
  • 25% when the Veteran finds employment in the field of study
  • You can find more information, and apply for the program, by visiting https://www.va.gov/.../veteran-rapid-retraining-assistance/.

Educational institutions can also participate in this program.

For more information, visit https://benefits.va.gov/.../vrrap_educational....

Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program

Veterans apply online https://www.va.gov/.../apply-for-vrrap-form.../introduction