Veterans benefits are provided through the GI bill and administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Enroll online. Eligibility for the VA Educational Benefit programs is determined by your date of enlistment. In all cases, the final determination of eligibility is made by the VA. VA educational benefits may only be used to accomplish educational objectives defined as the completion of a VA-approved credit degree or certificate program.

Application forms for your VA benefits also are available in our Veteran Resource Center in S216D.

Illinois Veterans Grant

The Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) also is available to those Illinois veterans who have an honorable discharge, have served at least one year (active duty), and entered and returned to Illinois within six months of service. IVG allows for credit and noncredit course study. To maintain eligibility, recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Within four weeks from applying for IVG, a letter regarding eligibility will be mailed to the veteran from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

Eligible veterans should bring their letter to Moraine Valley’s Cashier’s Office within a week. The grant is good for up to 120 points. Call the Illinois Student Assistance Program at (800) 899-4722 for questions.

National Guard Grant

Individuals who have completed one year in the Illinois National Guard, are presently attending monthly drills, and have complied with selective service registration requirements are eligible to apply for a tuition grant. To maintain eligibility, recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. An application must be filed each year.

Deadlines:  Fall – Oct. 1;  Spring – March 1; and Summer – June 15

Within four weeks of applying for the National Guard Grant, a letter regarding eligibility will be mailed to the veteran. Eligible veterans should bring their letter to the Cashier’s Office within a week. Call the Illinois Student Assistance Program at (800) 899-4722 for questions.

Credit for Military Service

Moraine Valley awards credit for military training deemed equal to specific courses in a program of study. This may include hours awarded for the completion of basic training. To obtain this credit, veterans must submit a copy of their DD214 to the Records Office (Building S, Room S111) along with an Evaluation Request Form, available at the Academic Advising Office (Building S, S201), or Records Office. It takes approximately three weeks for the evaluation process to be completed.

MIA/POW Scholarship

The MIA/POW scholarship is available to dependents of Illinois veterans who has been declared by the Department of Defense of US Department of Veterans Affairs to be a prisoner of war; missing-in-action; to have died as the result of a service-connected disability; or be permanently disabled from service connected causes with 100 percent disability. This scholarship may be used at public colleges in Illinois, and is administered by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Additional Resources

military.com – Armed Forces Tuition Assistance program.

usmilitary.about.com – Articles about how veterans can obtain scholarships.

finaid.org/military – Veteran educational resources.