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The GI Bill® is designed to help active duty and veterans cover the costs that are associated with education or training, leading to a fruitful life after the military. 

Your decision on how to spend your GI Bill can be life changing, so you need to be aware of the options and make the best choice for you and your family. 

The cost - Each of your eligibility months earns you $2262.59.  The VA subtracts from that what you spent on the certification - most of ours are $256.  So they reimburse your $256 and you have $2006.59 left to use for something else.  For our MCFBD Symposium the cost is $1999, so again they reimburse you the $1999 and you STILL have $7.59 left - lol.  That 1 month you used gets you ten (10) professional certifications to put on your resume.  Those 10 are more likely to DIRECTLY get you a job than your degree, because everyone going for a good job has a degree, but they don't have certifications, plus your degree may not be relevant to the job.

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Using Your GI Bill® for the MCFBD Certification
MCFBD Certification Cost
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Filling out VA Form 22-0803

"You will be pleased to know that your HACCP training was put to good use. FDA is using us as a training site for the Board of Health to inspect HACCP in schools."

Gordon morris, F&B Director, Kamehameha schools, hawaii

""I landed a great Kitchen Manager position with a BBQ restaurnant in Rochester. They told me later they would have hired me on the spot because of my resume and certifications. I am glad I took the course because we deal with numbers like 250 racks of ribs, 120 chicken halves, 120 lbs. of chicken wings, 200 lbs. of pork and 100 lbs. of brisket daily!"

CSC Mark Adams, Navy (ret)

"Winn-Dixie grocery chain saw HACCP on my resume and called. He asked if I could put a HACCP program together for Winn-Dixie.  Absolutely!  So while on the line with me she got the VP on the phone and they created a job as regional director for Bakery & Deli.  I was praying for a $55,000 job, but this one paid $85,000. Ultimately I became General Manager of their stores, then ran Dollar General stores and a drug store.  Keep in mind that your scores can get you more jobs than job directly in food service."


csc dave zander, usn, ret - submariner 

""I got a job as the Assistant Director of a large school district in the Syracuse area, responsible for 15 schools, and feeding over 9,000 students. The Certified HACCP designation (in particular) along with the MCFE and CPFM played a signifiant role in my hiring."

duncan sproule, mcfe, CHP, CPFM

FAQ answered:

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Which GI Bill® should I use - Montgomery or Post 9/11?

The best advice is to contact U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. What we know is this, the Post 9/11 GI Bill® can be used up to 15 years post active duty while the Montgomery is only 10 years. There are benefits to both and the VA can help you make the best decision. 

Use it for yourself or give it to family?

We've been told by a Navy career counselor this - if you have family to give it to, you should transfer at least 1% to the family member(s). This selection must be made while on active duty. Once you begin the process, you can modify the details even after you leave the service. Once you leave - that is no longer an option. 

To help with your decision, consider this:

A recent government study of the GI Bill® users showed that out of the 79 students at a particular well-known college, only 2 earned their associate degree on time. Of the 21 who enrolled in a bachelor of science program, only 13 had finished 8 years later. The point is, you can make a decision to give some to family but use at least 3% on our certification and know that it will benefit your future life. 

Use it now or save it for later?

Having used the GI Bill® to earn his Master's Degree while still on active duty, Ed Manley, Founder of the Foodservice Institute, walked the walk. He suggests using it when you have an opportunity. This way, when you get out of active duty, you can get a job. 

If you are the 1 in 16 people who uses their total entitlement, then some yeaars down the road you will have to pay then for the last month of the entitlement you used now. 

For many of our graduates, the certifications helped them get a promotion or pay raise so they already earned more than they will spend years later. The MCFBD Certification will only use 3% (or one month) of your eligibililty to complete the entire program leading to MCFBD. 

Think about it - if you get the MCFBD on your resume NOW, that is a good investment for your and your family's future. 

What's the downside of using your GI Bill® while on Active Duty?

If you use all your GI Bill® then for the last month that you have to pay for way down the road, you will lose the BAQ of an E-5 that you would have gotten if you waited till you got out. That translates to maybe $850 to $1,300 depending on your location. If you purchase our certification, you will have EARNED 9 CERTIFICATIONS, which you have for many years and some for life, whereas the money for the BAQ is long gone. 

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Steps for Using your GI Bill for MCFBD

Back to top of page  View GI Bill® Information Filling out VA Form 22-0803



Links & Forms:

Step 1: Read this first

Before you begin, read this to ensure you have every you need and understand the process.

How to Complete the Forms
Step 2: Do you have Questions?

Email us with any questions you have in regards to using the GI Bill® for the MCFBD Certification.

Email us with questions
Step 3: Submit VA Form 22-1990

Before you take the test or start the class to get your MCFBD fill out the VA Form 22-1990.

Do NOT fill out block 10B. 

You will need your bank account and transit information for this form.

Application for VA Education Benefits
Step 4: Email Received

The VA will send you an email once your application has been received electronically. You will send that email to us.

You will also receive a letter saying you are eligible to use the GI Bill. 

Send that email here 
Step 5: Apply for benefits

To apply for benefits, complete the VONAPP Application.

VONAPP Application Website
Step 6: Take the Class & Test

It's time to begin the nine part certification!

Learn More About MCFBD
Step 7: Submit Form & Receipt After you have taken the test and recieved your receipt which shows the required information, fill out VA Form 22-0803 and submit it electronically or via fax. Application for Reimbursement of Liscensing or Certification Test Fees
Step 8: Receiving Reimbursement 

In two to eight weeks, the VA will deposit the funds into your bank account. You can sign, date and fax the form to (918) 781-7863. It can also be scanned and attached if your submitting it electronically. 

Contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

Filling out form va 22-0803

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Complete blocks 1 through 6B.
Block 6C - select Chapter 30 for Montgomery GI Bill® and select Chapter 33 for the Post 9/11 GI Bill
Block 7 - list the individual certifications or the Master Certified Food and Beverage Director (MCFBD) (which covers all the tests)
Block 8 - the name and address is: Global Foodservice Institute, 3961 S. Magnolia Way, Denver, CO 80237
Block 9 - list the date you took the MCFBD examination (last day of the symposium and listed on the receipt we provide
Block 10 - the cost of the MCFBD is $1,999 

If the representative can't find the certification, visit The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Under LAC Category Type, Select Certifications, Click on NY and then find Master Certified Food and Beverage Director on the list. 

mcfbd certification cost

It is only worth using your GI Bill® is you earn the MCFBD

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Master Certified Foodservice Professional (MCFP) $219
Certified Foodservice Professional (CFP) $219
Certified Foodservice Supervisor (CFS) $219
Food Service Specializations
Certified Culinary Professional (CCP-Level I)  $299
Certified Culinary Professional (CCP-Levels II to III)  $899
Certified Beverage Professional (CBP) $279
Certified in Alcohol Service (CAS) - ServSafe Alcohol $129
Certified in Culinary Nutrition (CCN) $219
Certified in Customer Service (CCS) $219
Food Safety 
Certified HACCP Professional (CHP) $299
Simply Safe Foodservice Certified (SSFC) $159
The Ultimate Certification
Master Certified Food & Beverage Director (MCFBD) $219
Package Price: Master Certified Food & Beverage Director (MCFBD) $1,999

The package includes all required sub-certifications. The maximum the VA will pay for certifications is $2,000. You'll save $216 for the package deal rather than paying for the classes individually.  

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