Use Your GI Bill Benefits For Flight School
You can apply your hard-earned GI Bill benefits to help pay for flight school at Hillsboro Aero Academy—we’re a Veterans Administration (VA)-approved flight school.
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 one of the best places to train.
We have a community college program and a direct funding option. We explain everything below, but it’s a good idea to give us a call so that we can help you decide what’s best for you. 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.
The most advantageous way to use your benefits is through our program with Portland Community College (PCC). The seamless integration of PCC’s Aviation Science program and Hillsboro Aero Academy helps students progress to get an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Science while completing our Professional Pilot Program, which includes your Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Multi-Engine Instructors ratings (if applicable). All ground and flight training is completed at Hillsboro Aero Academy by our certified flight instructors.
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%, after your Private Pilot Certificate, of your tuition and fees through our degree program with Portland Community College. Much like with the Montgomery GI Bill, you must obtain your Private Pilot Certificate before you are eligible for funding. We can assist with finding financing options for your private training. See this chart to find out what your percentage of eligibility is:
Active Duty Completed after
Percentage of Maximum
|At Least 36 Months||100% (after Private Pilot Certificate)|
|At least 30 continuous days on active duty and
discharged due to service-connected disability
|100% (after Private Pilot Certificate)|
|30 – 36 months||90% (after Private Pilot Certificate)|
|24 – 30 months||80% (after Private Pilot Certificate)|
|18 – 24 months||70% (after Private Pilot Certificate)|
|12 – 18 months||60% (after Private Pilot Certificate)|
|6 – 12 months||50% (after Private Pilot Certificate)|
|90 days – 6 months||40% (after Private Pilot Certificate)|
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.
For veterans who don’t attend our program through Portland Community College, Hillsboro Aero Academy is approved for direct, limited funding for flight training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
This is a maximum of $10,330 per academic year, but you need to have your Private Pilot Certificate first. This is separate from the way it works with the PCC program 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.
Chapter 30/1606/1607 Montgomery GI Bill
If you have the “old” Montgomery GI Bill, you will come directly to Hillsboro Aero Academy. This GI Bill reimburses you 60% (depending on your chapter of eligibility) of your eligible training costs after your Private Pilot Certificate. You have to pay for your Private Pilot Certificate on your own. The VA will reimburse you a percentage of the eligible costs for your instrument, commercial and CFI training.
Contact Hillsboro Aero Academy if you are planning to use your Montgomery GI Bill. 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.
Let us know if you’re thinking about using your GI Bill under any of these programs.