Update on VetTec Funding Availability: The VetTec pilot program funding is currently paused for new enrollments. While we await further details on its availability, our team is here to assist you in exploring alternative funding options, including GI Bill CH 31 & 33, for your education at Divergence Academy.
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Resources For Our Veterans

Divergence Academy is proud to assist our veterans in pursuing funding opportunities that ease the transition into the tech world. here’s how:
Funding Opportunities for Military

At Divergence Academy, student placement is our #1 yardstick. In other words, we are laser-focused on preparing our students to get hired by top tech companies in this incredibly competitive job landscape. Here’s how we do it:

GI BILL®

Putting Your GI Bill® Benefit to Work
Take the first steps toward a new career in tech with Divergence.
For those eligible to receive GI Bill® benefits, Divergence Academy is proud to accept the following bills:
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Ch. 33)
  • Vocational Rehab (Ch. 31)
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA can be found here.

VET TEC

Amplifying your IT career
VET TEC is a tuition and housing assistance pilot program for advancing your IT career, offering students sought-after skills to kickstart success. If you have at least one day of unexpired GI Bill® entitlement, you may be eligible. We are unable to accept VET TEC funds for part-time programs.

The following bootcamps are eligible for VET TEC:
  • Data Science Immersive
  • Cybersecurity Professional Penetration Tester
  • Cloud Engineering Immersive
  • Security Operations Management Immersive

VRRAP

Supporting your next big move
VRRAP provides education and job training to veterans that lost their job to the pandemic. You may be eligible for this assistance program if you’re:
  • At least 22 years old but not above 66?
  • Ineligible for GI Bill or VR&E benefits (or you’re eligible for the GI Bill and you’ve transferred your benefits to family members)?
  • Not enrolled in a federal or state jobs program?
  • Not receiving unemployment benefits?
  • Not rated as fully disabled due to an inability to work
Chat with our Admissions department to find out if you’re eligible for this exciting program!

VR&E

Amplifying your IT career
The Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program from the Department of Veterans Affairs provides services assisting veterans with job training, resume prep, starting a business, and much more. To be eligible for the VR&E, you must have not received a dishonorable discharge and must have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from the VA.
Give our Admissions department a ring to learn whether you’re eligible for this exciting program!
Receiving Your Benefits

Experience the benefits you deserve in just three simple steps:

Step 1

Apply with the VA to obtain your Certificate of Eligibility (COE).


Step 2

Complete the VONAPP application on the VA website using the VAF 22-0994. (The VAF 22-1990 is only required if you’ve never applied for VA education benefits in the past. Note: If you already receive benefits, you don’t need to refill the VA Form 22-1990.)


Step 3

Apply for Divergence Academy’s Data Science Immersive program or Cybersecurity Professional Pentester program.

For more information, visit the VET TEC education courses site.
VET TEC FAQ
How do I apply?
You can apply online.

If we determine that you are VET TEC eligible, you can then apply to your VA-approved training provider of choice. They may review your qualifications to assess whether you’ll be able to successfully complete the program and find meaningful, relevant employment.

VET TEC is a five-year pilot program. You can participate as long as the funding is available.

Note: If you haven’t already applied for VA education benefits (VA
Form 22-1990), you’ll need to fill out an application or apply online.

VET TEC FAQ

You may be eligible for VET TEC if you meet each of these requirements:
  • You aren’t on active duty
  • You qualify for VA education assistance under the GI Bill®
  • You have at least one day of unexpired GI Bill® entitlement
  • You are accepted into a program by a VA-approved training provider

Note: Your VET TEC training won’t count against your GI Bill® entitlement, and you only need one day of unexpired GI Bill benefits to participate.

What types of training does VET TEC cover?

  • Computer software
  • Computer programming
  • Data processing
  • Information science
  • Media applications

Note: Your VET TEC training won’t count against your GI Bill® entitlement, and you only need one day of unexpired GI Bill benefits to participate.

What benefits can I get through this program?

This program provides tuition for a full-time, high-tech training program and money for housing during your training.

If you attend your training program in person, your housing stipend will equal the monthly military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents, based on the zip code of where you attend.

If you participate in an online program, your stipend will be half of the BAH national average for an E-5 with dependents.

Note: Your VET TEC training won’t count against your GI Bill® entitlement, and you only need one day of unexpired GI Bill benefits to participate.

For more information about VET TEC, click here.
GI Bill® FAQ

What if my eligibility doesn’t meet the 100% benefit level?

If you’re not eligible at the 100% level, your percentage will be distributed proportionally. For example, an individual with 40% benefit eligibility could receive 40% of the tuition benefit, 40% of the monthly housing allowance, and at most a $400 stipend for books and supplies.

What if my remaining benefits don’t cover the full cost of tuition and fees?

Our admissions team can guide you through additional financing options if you’re paying an amount not covered by your GI Bill® benefit.

Note: Exhausting your benefits will impact your housing allowance.

How much tuition is covered by the GI Bill®?

Your benefits will depend on your eligibility. Contact the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to learn about your education benefits eligibility.

For non-college degree programs based on clock hours, GI Bill® usage depends on the cost of tuition which is billed as a percentage of the annual cap. The VA’s calculator takes the annual cap and divides it by the number of days in the year to determine a daily cost of GI Bill® benefits.

For non-degree schools like Divergence Academy, the annual cap is $24,477 from August 1, 2021–July 31, 2022. This translates to the VA equating $67.99 per one day of GI Bill® education benefits.

To calculate the cost of your GI Bill® for your course of choice, the VA divides the total tuition costs by the daily costs ($67.99) to determine how many days a GI Bill® education benefit uses up.

Note: The VA uses a 30-day month formula regardless of how many days are in the current month.

Will I qualify for and receive a housing allowance?

If you use your GI Bill® for an eligible program, you’ll receive a monthly housing allowance (MHA). This is based on the campus zip code where you’re enrolled. You’ll pay on the first day of the month for the month prior (e.g., March 1 if you started classes February 5). However, if you start classes later (e.g., after March 16), your housing allowance may be delayed.

Note: Active duty service members will not receive MHA. Recently discharged veterans must submit the DD Form 214 (Member Copy 4) to confirm their release date from the military before being paid an allowance. GI Bill® students are eligible for an MHA the day after their release.

Army COOL FAQs
and more

What’s the classroom experience like?

We follow a strict 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Each classroom is equipped with computers, training tables, and swivel ergonomic chairs for each student. Instructors are offered modular standing desks, big screen TVs, whiteboards, and equipment for remote learning.

What’s the Army COOL program?

Army COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line), otherwise known as Credentialing Assistance (CA), helps soldiers find info on certifications and licenses related to their jobs. This program pays for courses and exams that build industry-recognized credentials for your occupation of choice.

What makes credentials so important?

Credentialing can contribute to military career development, and may fulfill self-development requirements and performance evaluations.

Credentials also help you translate your military training and experience into skills which civilian employers care about.

Is Credentialing Assistance (CA) subject to the same funding ceiling as Tuition Assistance (TA)?

CA is subject to the same funding ceiling as TA. While veterans can use both TA and CA, they cannot receive more than $4,000 total from both programs per fiscal year.

Am I eligible
for Army COOL?

Eligible soldiers include: the Army, Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) pursuant to Title 10 and Title 32, U.S. Army Reserve (USAR), and Army National Guard (ARNG) in active drilling status with a satisfactory designation.
Ready to start earning credentials?
Visit the Army COOL website to get started!
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