GI Bill

The Jack Mountain Bushcraft School is approved by the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs for the use of GI Bill benefits as a non-college degree institution for training veterans and other eligible persons.

VA Approved Jack Mountain Bushcraft School Programs:

  • Journeyman Bushcraft Guide Certification Program. Field Course: Wilderness Bushcraft Semester.
  • Boreal Snowshoe Expedition Certification Program.
  • Wilderness Canoe Expedition Certification Program.

Application Procedure

To apply Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to our programs:

  1. Fill out our registration form.
  2. Pay a deposit to hold your spot on the course. This deposit will be repaid to you 100% when we receive your tuition from the VA. Beginning after the fall, 2016 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester course, deposits for GI Bill students will be the same as for non-GI Bill students. To pay a deposit, visit our Tuition page.
  3. Email us a copy of your certificate of eligibility (sometimes called letter of eligibility).
  4. We’ll fill out form 22-1999 and send it to the Eastern Regional Processing Office in Buffalo, NY. We’ll need to get your social security number to fill out the form. We’ll do this over the phone.

Deposit Policy: Your spot on a course is not secured until we receive your deposit. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable in case of cancellation. If a course is already full, we will refund 100% of your deposit. Your deposit will be repaid to you 100% when we receive your tuition from the VA. Spaces are filled in the order applications are received, so register early.

Methods of Payment: We accept Dwolla, checks, money orders, cash (in person only, never send cash to us or anyone else), wire transfers and credit cards via PayPal. If interested in a wire transfer, contact us for details. Our preferred method of payment is Dwolla, a payment network that allows you to move money securely from your bank account without credit card fees.

If the GI Bill does not pay 100% of the tuition, the individual is responsible for the balance. We will figure this out in advance of the course.

Facility Code: 28022019. Used by the VA to identify approved training centers.

GI Bill Benefits: For more information on GI Bill benefits and their rates, visit the GI Bill site.

Refund Policy for Veterans Using GI Bill Benefits

The school will refund the unused portion of prepaid tuition and fees on a pro rata basis. Any amount in excess of $10.00 for an enrollment of registration fee will also be prorated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the GI Bill cover 100% of the tuition?

Yes. Veterans also receive their BAH (housing allowance). BAH is only paid while courses are in session. With the yearlong immersion program, during the interim periods between courses, BAH is not paid.

What if I don’t have 100% of the GI Bill benefits to cover the course?

We’ve had students whose GI Bill covered less than 100% of the tuition. We’ve worked with them to create payment plans for the balance, but it is important to note that the individual is responsible for paying any tuition the GI Bill doesn’t cover.

Will the GI Bill pay for college credits through Western State Colorado University?

No. Western State Colorado University can not process GI Bill benefits for students enrolled at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School. If you want to get the college credits that Western State Colorado University offers, you have to pay out of pocket for them.

What is a Certificate of Eligibility?

A Certificate of Eligibility is a document issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) that states your eligibility to receive VA benefits.

How do I get a Certificate of Eligibility?

Certificates are issued by the VA after approving a claim for benefits. To submit a claim for benefits please use VONAPP (VA Online Application) at Initial claims can be filed on a Form 22-1990 or 22-1990E.

How long does it take to receive a Certificate of Eligibility?

Processing times vary based on VA workload. On average the Department of Veterans Affairs processes a Certificate of Eligibility within 4-6 weeks.

How do I apply for GI Bill benefits?

Online at through VONAPP (VA Online Application).

Do I qualify for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits?

Post- 9/11 GI Bill is based on your period of service on active duty since September 10, 2001. To review the exact requirements for eligibility please review the information at You may also visit this site for information

How do I receive payment of my VA benefits?

VA will send Chapter 33 (Post 9-11) tuition/fee payments directly to the school. All other payments will be issued to the student. The VA makes payment directly to the veteran by (1) direct deposit or (2) mailing a check to the mailing address on file at the VA.

Under Montgomery GI Bill (Ch 30 and 1606) and REAP: If you attend school, you must verify your enrollment each month by using the WAVE or IVR system or by calling the toll free 1-877-823-2378. Remember that you cannot be paid for a month until the month is over and you verify that you were still in attendance for that month.

Is there a representative of the VA I can contact to verify information about the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School?

Contact the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs at You can also type ‘Jack Mountain Bushcraft School’ into the ‘Institution Name’ field on the WEAMS Institution Search page, but you must specify ‘Non College Degree’ as the program type.

Will I receive BAH during the program?

Yes. However, there is always a significant lag time between when the course starts and when BAH benefits begin coming in. Some past students experienced hardship as a result of not having any money saved for the beginning of the course. Plan to have spending money for at least the first month of the course before you begin receiving BAH.

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