CDA Technical Institute's Commercial Diver Program

Veteran Information

CDA accepts VA Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), the Post 9/11 GI BillĀ®, and the Montgomery GI BillĀ®.

GI Bill® is a registered trade mark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about educational benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at



CDA honors those who have honorably served our Nation by waiving the application fee and providing a 5% tuition waiver.  This program comes with restrictions and requirements for the veteran.  Adherence to the Code of Conduct.  Veterans found violating the above code as stated in the school catalog (click here) are subject to termination of the waiver. 

CDA's housing is available to students during the program and does not cover any school breaks.  Students are responsible for making their own arrangements during these breaks as the student housing is closed.  Please refer to the school's catalog for current class start dates and school breaks.

For additional information on our Veteran Programs or dorm policies, including break closures; please contact our Admissions Team at: 888 974-2232

For Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch 33) students and VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch 31) students, our tuition policy complies with 38 USC 3679(e) which means Post 9/11 and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment students will not be charged or otherwise penalized due to a delay in VA tuition and fee payments.  For eligibility consideration, a Post 9/11 GI Bill® student must submit a VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and a Vocational Rehabilitation Student must provide a VAF 28-1905 form. 

Military transcripts

All veterans who use VA benefits must provide CDA with a copy of their Military Transcripts, which can be obtain through the following:

Where to start?

If you're not sure where to start, you can view the Federal Student Aid benefits brochure to get a better understanding of your options.

Additional Resources for Veterans

CDA is committed to helping our Veterans succeed not only with their education and training but also with their transition to civilian life. 

We maintain associations with several Service Providers: connects Veterans, their family members and friends, and other advocates with mental health information, local resources, and inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can find reliable information on how to cope with challenges such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, and transitioning from service. The site is free and accessible to everyone. provide specific resources for Veterans:Transitioning from Service:

VA News Flash

January 5, 2015

The Choice Act of 2014 extends the Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits available under the Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses of military personnel who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Prior to this, only children of those who died in the line of duty were eligible for this benefit.

Eligible spouses will be entitled to up to 36 months of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. This includes the tuition and fee payment, a monthly housing allowance, and a books and supplies stipend at the 100% benefit rate.

Some of your students eligible for benefits under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance program (DEA) are eligible for this benefit. If students are eligible for both programs, they will need to make an irrevocable decision choosing one benefit, and will need to make that decision prior to receiving either benefit, even if currently enrolled. Payments will not be made if the student has not notified VA of this decision.


Do i qualify for benefits?

Individuals who have served at least 90 days of active duty after September 10, 2001 and received an honorable discharge may qualify for Military Educational Benefits. Call our Admissions Team for details 888 974-2232.

Post 9/11 GI Bill®

To qualify for the full benefit, a veteran must have served at least 3 years of active duty after September 10, 2001. For those who served on active duty after September 10, 2001, please refer to the table below.

Time Served Benefits
At least 36 months 100%
At least 30 continuous days and discharged due to service-connected disability 100%
From 30 to 36 months 90%
From 24 to 30 months 80%
From 18 to 24 months 70%
From 12 to 18 months 60%
From 6 to 12 months 50%
From 90 days to 6 months 40%

The 100% tuition amount for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is $23,671.94 and the monthly housing allowance is $1,494.00.

The monthly housing allowance is also prorated based on veterans's eligibility according to the table below.

Certificate of Eligibility

  • Veterans must apply online and then the VA will send the Certificate of Eligibility. Please send this to CDA's Financial Aid Department.
  • The VA requires veterans who have used the Post 9/11 GI Bill® previously to fill out the VA Form 1995 (Request For Change Of Program Or Place Of Training). CDA must also receive a copy of VA Form 1995. Please submit a copy with all other required documents for enrollment to CDA's Admissions Department.

View Post 9/11 GI Bill® Pamphlet, or call the Post 9/11 GI Bill® Customer Service at 888-442-4551.

Mailing Address
Air/Mixed Gas Commercial Diver Program
CDA Technical Institute
91 Trout River Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
Useful Resources


Montgomery GI Bill®

Montgomery Gi Bill® Active Duty (Chapter 30)

  • Effective October 1, 2017
  • The monthly rate for full time is $1,928.00

Montgomery Gi Bill®-sr (Chapter 1606)

  • Effective October 1, 2017
  • The monthly rate for full time is $375.00

Survivors & Dependents Benefits (Dea/chapter 35)

  • Effective October 1, 2017
  • The monthly rate for full time is $1,041.00

Call our admissions department at 888-974-2232, or visit the VA Benefits website

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