I had the same issue. I was expecting a discount or something even one to use to get a RA ship.
So far this test has been the worst test. First of no free ship then when you reach RA upper half and VA no extra dilithium to help with getting a T5 ship.
Ah I see what is happening. I just leveled a klink to commander and you get 8000 dilithum and a discount to buy at 10000. So the ships at RA we should of got one but did not. and I think your right the VA ships are going to be C-Store only.