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Veteran’s Benefits

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At California Aeronautical University, we’re thankful for the service you provided to our country. We are proud to accept military and veteran benefits to use towards your education, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Program. Turn your military experience and skills into a fulfilling career in the aviation industry.


Our admissions and financial services team can help guide you through the process to use your benefits in your aviation-focused education and training. Contact us today to schedule a personal interview to find out more about our aviation programs, admissions requirements, and how to use your military educational benefits.


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As a veteran or active service member, you and/or your family may be eligible to use educational benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill for tuition and expenses at California Aeronautical University.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are disbursed in multiple payments, including tuition and fee payments, housing allowance and a books/supplies stipend.


Tuition and Fees

Qualified students may use their benefits towards the tuition and fees of their academic program. The Post-9/11 GI Bill can cover up to $23,671.94 in tuition and fees per academic year at CAU (national maximum). This entitlement may be transferrable to military spouses or dependents

Yellow Ribbon Program

In addition to the Post-9/11 GI Bill educational funds, California Aeronautical University also proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to further cover the cost of your education.

Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, the University contributes up to $3,000 to your tuition and expenses after you have reached the maximum benefits from the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Additionally, the VA will match the University’s contributions – providing up to $6,000 in total funds in addition to the maximum Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.


Yellow Ribbon Program Benefits

University ContributionUp to $3,000
VA ContributionUp to $3,000
Total ContributionUp to $6,000

Monthly Housing Allowance

Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits include a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) for eligible veterans and service members. The MHA is based on the location of the campus where the majority of your classes are being taken and is prorated based upon the number of days you are enrolled in school each month. The MHA is equal to the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) of an E-5 with dependents.

The housing allowance rate varies depending on where you are taking the majority of classes with the University. Students taking at least one class at the Flight Centers will receive the same rate as students attending the main campus. Students taking classes 100% online will receive 50% of the national average of the BAH rates of an E-5 with dependents.

Books and Supplies

The Post-9/11 GI Bill may also cover up to $1,000 for books and supplies while studying at California Aeronautical University.


How can I be eligible to receive benefits through the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Recipients of benefits from the Yellow Ribbon Program must be eligible to receive the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Active duty service members or their spouse are not eligible.

If I receive benefits from the Yellow Ribbon Program, am I guaranteed the same benefits in subsequent years?

Not necessarily. The University may choose to contribute a different amount to the Yellow Ribbon Program.

When does the VA send MHA payments?

Payments are issued at the beginning of the month for the classes taken during the previous month. For instance, for classes taken in January, payment will be issued in February, assuming timely processing by the VA.

Do I have to be enrolled full-time to receive MHA payments?

Students must be enrolled more than half-time to receiving house allowance. Benefits are then prorated based upon the enrollment. For instance, a student enrolled half-time will receive half of the maximum housing allowance payments.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.