The federal and state governments have several programs available to assist service members, veterans, spouses and their dependents in paying for college and reaching their educational and vocational goals.

Assistance in applying for your military benefits is available in our Veterans Resource Center, located in Building G, Room G240.

Programs Include

VA

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the following veteran education benefits:

  1. VA Education Benefits (Chapter 30, Chapter 33, Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607)
  2. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Veteran Readiness and Employment Service (Chapter 31)
  3. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

*All VA Education Benefits are processed with the in-district tuition rate.

  • What type of training or education are you planning to pursue?
  • Is the timeframe to utilize benefits important to you?
  • Are you eligible for the transfer of entitlement benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program?
  • Do you have remaining entitlement under other VA education programs?

VA Benefits

Explore external resources with information regarding VA benefits.

  • Learn more about VA education benefits here.
  • Learn more about VA Education benefit eligibility here.
  • Apply for VA education benefits here.

State

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) administers the following Illinois State veteran education benefits:

  1. Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG)
  2. Illinois National Guard Grant (ING)
  3. Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship

State Benefits

Student Veterans using benefits receive In-State Tuition*

Additional Resources

For many eligible veterans, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides more attractive benefits than other veteran education benefit programs. However, veterans should carefully review all their options before making the irrevocable decision to apply for and utilize Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. When considering different scenarios, students should pay careful attention to the differences that occur when changing from full-time to half-time enrollment status, as well as to the amount of the monthly basic allowance for housing, which will vary based on the location of the school. In addition to reviewing the amount of monetary benefits, students should also consider the following:

  • What type of training or education are you planning to pursue?
  • Is the timeframe to utilize benefits important to you?
  • Are you eligible for the transfer of entitlement benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program?
  • Do you have remaining entitlement under other VA education programs?

A service member can use CH 1606 and Military Tuition Assistance at the same time if enrolled half-time or greater. Those who are less than half-time cannot combine the benefits.

A service member can use the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Military Tuition Assistance for the same course. After processing TA for the tuition and fees, the remaining balance may be covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

A service member can use the CH 30 GI Bill and Military Tuition Assistance only when TA does not pay for the entire cost of a course. This process is referred to as Top-Up; whereafter processing TA for the tuition and fees, the remaining balance could be covered by CH 30 GI Bill.

For those with 100 percent eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, it is often the best option to use Post-9/11 instead of IVG or the ING Grant.  However, for those with less than 100 percent eligibility for Post-9/11 GI Bill, it may be necessary to also use the IVG or ING Grant to help cover the remaining tuition and fee charges not covered by the VA. Effective July 1, 2015, for veterans who are eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at less than 100% and who use those benefits with the IVG Grant or ING Grant programs in the same term, the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits will be applied first (VA will be the first payer), and any remaining eligible tuition and fees would be covered by IVG Grant and/or ING Grant, and the amount of IVG and ING Grant benefits used will be prorated based on the percentage of the charges that are covered by the ISAC programs.

Military Tuition Assistance is granted to a service member with the intention of attending school for the duration of a course. A service member who withdraws may no longer be eligible for the full amount of this award. To comply with the Department of Defense (DOD) policy, unearned TA funds will be returned on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were granted. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period. When a service member stops attending a course, unearned funds are returned to the individual branch. If this occurs as a result of a military service obligation, will not result in a debt to the service member for the returned portion in compliance with the DOD policy.

 

Return schedule for the 16-week course:

 

Withdraws after completing week 1

94% return

Withdraws after completing week 2

88% return

Withdraws after completing week 3

82% return

Withdraws after completing week 4

75% return

Withdraws after completing week 5

69% return

Withdraws after completing week 6

63% return

Withdraws after completing week 7

57% return

Withdraws after completing week 8

50% return

Withdraws after completing week 9

44% return

Withdraws after completing week 10

0% return (60% or more of the class is completed)

   

Return schedule for the 8-week course:

 

Withdraws after completing week 1

88% return

Withdraws after completing week 2

75% return

Withdraws after completing week 3

63% return

Withdraws after completing week 4

50% return

Withdraws after completing week 5

0% return (60% or more of the class is completed)