NOLS announces new veteran benefits eligibility

Lander, Wyo. — For many years, the students of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) have been able to apply Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits to course tuition. Up until this year, however, those benefits were limited to those who qualified under Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI).

            NOLS is pleased to announce NOLS is now approved to offer courses to veterans who are classified Chapter 33 (Post 9/11). This is the result of the Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, which President Obama signed into law Jan. 4, 2011. The law allows students to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for non-college degree programs, such as NOLS.

        Though not all courses are eligible for approval through the VA, the six NOLS courses that are part of the “Associate of Science in Environmental Science and Leadership” degree program at Central Wyoming College and six field and wilderness medicine courses based in Wyoming qualify for VA benefits.

For details and to learn how to apply for veteran benefits for a NOLS course, visit


Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS is the leader in wilderness education, providing awe-inspiring, transformative experiences to more than 15,000 students each year. These students, ages 14 to 70, learn in the wildest and most remote classrooms worldwide—from the Amazon rain forest, to rugged peaks in the Himalaya, to Alaskan glaciers and Arctic tundra. Graduates are active leaders with lifelong environmental ethics and outdoor skills. NOLS also offers customized courses through NOLS Professional Training, and the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS is the leading teacher of wilderness medicine worldwide. For more information, call (800) 710-NOLS (6657) or visit