USE YOUR GI BILL® BENEFITS
Use Your GI Bill® Benefits For Flight School
Hillsboro Aero Academy is approved for VA education benefits, meaning you can apply your hard-earned GI Bill® benefits to help pay for flight lessons with us.
We have options for helicopter and airplane pilot training programs and the flight environments at Hillsboro deliver real world challenges to prepare you for your career as a pilot. From high altitude mountain environments to inclement coastal weather, the Pacific Northwest is an excellent place to train, and with the addition of our Las Vegas campus we have a sunny weather location to support your flight training.
We offer vocational flight training using the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Also, we contract with multiple collegiate partners to provide the flight training for their aviation degree programs so you can use your Post-9/11 GI Bill® directly through the college. To read one of our flight instructor’s first-hand account of using his GI Bill® benefits for flight training, check out this Rotorcraft Pro article.
We are approved under our accredited name, Airman’s Proficiency Center, which is a division of Hillsboro Aero Academy accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.
Learn more about using your benefits.
Post-9/11 GI Bill®
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is the most commonly used veterans benefit here at Hillsboro Aero Academy. You will feel right at home among students and instructors who have served in all branches of the military, as well as students from all around the world.
Our partnerships with collegiate programs allows for the integration of their degree programs and Hillsboro Aero Academy’s flight training. These partnerships allow students to obtain an associate’s or bachelor’s degree while completing your flight training with Hillsboro Aero Academy.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is for veterans who have served after 9/11. Depending on how much time you served/were active after 9/11, the VA will pay up to 100% of your tuition and fees through our collegiate partners’ degree programs, up to the school syllabus minimums. However, the covered courses do vary between the college programs.
Active Duty Completed after
Percentage of Maximum
|At Least 36 Months||100%*|
|At least 30 continuous days on active duty and|
discharged due to service-connected disability
|30 – 36 months||90%*|
|24 – 30 months||80%*|
|18 – 24 months||70%*|
|12 – 18 months||60%*|
|6 – 12 months||50%*|
|90 days – 6 months||40%*|
* Up to school syllabus minimums
Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) and Book Stipend
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® also pays the basic allowance for housing (BAH) and an annual allowance for books and supplies when you attend a college program. The VA pays you directly for these items.
Vocational Flight Training (Direct Funding)
For veterans who don’t attend the degree program with one of our partners, Hillsboro Aero Academy is approved for direct, limited funding for flight training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® using the Vocational Flight Training option.
This chapter provides a set amount per academic year, but you need to have your Private Pilot Certificate first. This is separate from the way it works with our collegiate partners and does not include the BAH or allowance for books and supplies. You must contact Hillsboro Aero Academy prior to starting any training if you are planning to use your GI Bill® in this manner. All training must follow the FAR Part 141 syllabus and you must have a current second-class medical before enrolling in any VA-eligible course or you won’t get reimbursement for your training.