At VA, we support your career goals and offer numerous education support programs and scholarships to help you on your way to achieving them. One of these is the VA National Education for Employees Program (VANEEP), which covers not only some of your education costs but also pays your replacement salary while you attend school full-time.
Isaac N. Womack, a registered nurse with the VA Portland Health Care System, used his VANEEP scholarship to complete nursing school at the University of Portland.
“This generous scholarship enabled me to attend a program that was elsewise out of my financial reach – it paid a majority share of my tuition. It also matched my regular income, allowing me to focus on schoolwork and other professional pursuits rather than spending time at a job,” Womack said.
During his time in nursing school, Womack helped create and manage Oregon Health & Science University’s 3D Printing Prosthetics Lab, which brings prosthetic devices to underserved families across the U.S.
He also helped start an internship program, giving college students from across the U.S. and Canada the chance to spend a summer at the lab, design a solution for a patient, and personally deliver it to the patient.
The VANEEP scholarship also freed Womack to focus exclusively on his studies, leading to a senior clinical capstone at Portland VA Medical Center and ultimately a job offer there.
“That extra time that I had to study allowed me to get the most out of my educational experience,” Womack said. “I am proud to be a part of this team and help bring the highest quality of care to Veterans.”
Part- and full-time VA employees who are enrolled in school can receive a full salary and additional tax-free funds toward the cost of higher education, including tuition, registration fees and books.
The program is designed to accelerate completion of a degree in an approved academic program for Title 38 or hybrid Title 38 occupations, including:
- Registered and licensed practical nurses.
- Physician’s assistants.
- Respiratory, physical and occupational therapists.
Recipients have up to three years to complete their education and must agree to serve three years in a VA career for which they trained after program completion or licensure.
The maximum funding is $41,160.42 for the equivalent of three years of full-time coursework, up to 90 credit hours for undergraduate coursework or 54 for graduate-level coursework.
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