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Explore the Application Process for U.S. Air Force and Space Force Service Members

If you are an enlisted or 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 toward your IT training. Funding is through Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-line (AF COOL). Here’s how you can apply today:

What Is Air Force COOL?

Designed to help Air Force and Space Force service members achieve industry-relevant certifications, the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-line (COOL) program covers the cost of IT pathway training for eligible enlisted individuals.

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    Schedule A Call

    Schedule a call with our military program advisor. They will guide you through different training options, discuss what's right for your personal and professional goals, and answer your questions.

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    Create Your AFVEC Account

    If you haven’t already done so, create your Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) account. You’ll use this portal to manage your education and funding requests.

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    Select Your Credentials

    When logged into your AFVEC account, you will be able to explore the credentials that you may be qualified for and can sort the credentials based on the funding method, ex: AF COOL or GI Bill. Create your education goal when you’ve decided on the credentials that you would like to pursue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can an airman pay for the education program upfront, and be reimbursed by Air Force COOL/TA/CA?

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.

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.

In order for an Airman to apply for a credential, he/she must have an approved AF COOL Credentialing goal listed. The Airman must also contact the credentialing agency for any costs or prerequisites.

Senior NCOs (E-7 through E-9) may also be eligible for leadership and management credentials. The AF COOL Program has recently expanded to allow for one non-AFSC related credential

Reservists and Guardsmen on Title 10 or Title 32 (502 F) Orders will be authorized to use AF COOL. Funding will not exceed a maximum of $4500 per lifetime per Airman.

Air Force COOL requires that the first credentialing be in the Airmans primary AFSC. Once complete, additional training can be obtained from any of the available credentials available on the Air Force COOL site.

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