No, the rules of this program do not allow for airmen to pay for a program and then be reimbursed by Air Force COOL/tuition assistance/credentialing assistance. The process is as follows: airmen must submit a request for funding through AFVEC, once processed and approved, the finance department will contact QuickStart Learning, Inc. to process the payment for your course, then our government admissions advisor will contact the airman to give details about starting the online course.
Advance your military or civilian IT career through Air Force COOL approved programs
Airmen, get an industry-leading certification using your Air Force COOL education benefits.
You are able to use $4,500 per year towards education related expenses to your current military MOS, or to learn new skills to help you enter the civilian workforce.
Course Certifications & Exam Bundles Approved For Air Force COOL
Certifications through QuickStart will assist you in obtaining better job opportunities as you transition from military service to the civilian workforce. Sharpen your skills, and make your civilian resume more competitive by showcasing your military MOS skills combined with a QuickStart IT training program.
The Application Process for U.S. Air Force and Space Force Service Members
If you are an enlisted, active-duty service member, part of the Air Force, Air Force Reserves, Air National Guard, or the Space Force, you may be eligible for up to $4,500 of education funding. Funding is through Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online (AF COOL). Here’s how you apply:
Am I Eligible For This Program?
To receive funding authorization for education costs, you must be a regular Air Force (RegAF), United States Space Force (USSF), Air Force Reserves (AFRES) or an Air National Guard (ANG) member on Title 10 or Title 32 active-duty orders. The Air Force COOL program is a Total Force enlisted program.
Enlisted Air Force Service Members must also meet the following requirements:
- Possess a 5-skill level in their Primary Air Force Specialty Code
- Do not have a UIF, are not on a Control Roster, and are current on their most recent fitness test at the time of application
- Have a profile in AFVEC with an approved credentialing goal
- Must obtain supervisor approval and complete their entire credential while on active-duty status
Please Note: The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Air Force are not affiliated with nor endorse QuickStart Learning, Inc.
"Overall, the process was simple and straight forward regarding the class and plan for certifications. The team is there and quick to respond to your questions and get you ready for the courses. The course mentors and assistants were very helpful and available to answer questions, and they know the material very well. The bootcamp itself was heavy. A lot of modules and lab time, but very informative and useful for not only helping gain the information needed to pass the certification exam but also the world of cybersecurity."
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Air Force COOL FAQs
No, course refunds are never issued back to the airman. In situations where a course refund is warranted, the refund is always returned directly to the Air Force COOL/tuition assistance/credentialing assistance finance department.