Exams, Licensing, and Certification Tests are payable under Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) GI Bill.

The Department of Veterans Affairs can reimburse you for taking a license or certification test. The test must be on the list to be paid. For more infomation and to find the required VA form, go to:

To request a test or licensure be reviewed for approval, contact the State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training at 804-786-0571

Additional Information:

  • VA will only pay for the cost of the licensing/certification test and not other fees connected with obtaining a license or certification.

  • You must have remaining entitlement and your delimiting date must not have passed.

  • Generally, you must apply for reimbursement within one year of the date the test was taken.

  • VA will pay for MULTIPLE tests, effective August 1, 2011.

  • Entitlement charges for licensing and certification exams and national tests under the Post-9/11 GI Bill will be prorated based on the actual amount of the fee charged for the test.

  • Effective August 1, 2011, the Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-377) allows for reimbursement of fees paid to take national exams (SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT).

  • If you're currently receiving benefits under Post-9/11 and you wish to get reimbursed for a test, you need to fill out and submit VA Form 22-0803. Along with the form, you also need to submit: test results (OR license/certification you received as a result of passing the test AND a copy of the receipt which shows how much you paid to take the test).

  • If you have NOT applied for education benefits and want to get reimbursed for a test, then you will need to submit an application for education benefits along with VA-Form 22-0803. If you're a veteran or service member, then you'll need to complete VA Form 22-1990. If you're the dependent, then you'll need to complete VA Form 22-1990E.


For more information, please visit the Veterans Affairs website, use the FAQ feature on the VA website, or contact VA at 1-888-442-4551.

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