To expedite the application and certification process, a veteran should bring their separation document(s) (DD214 or equivalent) to the college they wish to attend. Active duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel should provide their DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), or equivalent documentation. Dependents of veterans should provide any documentation which can be used to substantiate eligibility.
NOTE: a student who is receiving federal and/or state veteran educational benefits may still be eligible for federal and/or state financial aid. To apply for financial aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 30
The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Program provides up to a maximum of 36 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, as well as, some short-term skills programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to a maximum of 36 months of education benefits to qualified veterans. Benefits include a monthly stipend based on a basic housing allowance and a book stipend, both paid directly to the veteran. A tuition and fee component, which is paid directly to the college, is also available under this program.
Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)
In certain circumstances, the Department of Defense offers active duty service members serving on or after August 1, 2009 the opportunity to transfer their educational benefits to their spouse and/or dependent children.
Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606
Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606 is specifically designed for members of the Selected Reserves and National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the unit component with a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) given to the service member as documentation of eligibility.
Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP), Chapter 1607
The Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) provides up to a maximum of 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserves and National Guard, who were called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E), Chapter 31
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) provides vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities. This program is designed to assist injured veterans with disabilities to achieve a seamless transition from military service through a successful rehabilitation to suitable employment after service.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), Chapter 32
The Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available to veterans who first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and elected to make voluntary contributions from their military pay to participate in this education benefit program.
Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA), Chapter 35
The Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA) offers up to a maximum of 45 months of education benefits. Spouses and children of veterans who died of a service-related condition or who are classified with a 100 percent service-connected disability may be eligible.
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
Children of an active duty service member who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001 may be eligible for the Marine Gunnery Seargeant John David Fry Scholarship. Benefits are similar to those of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
The Tuition Assistance Program is administered through the Department of Defense for active duty service members, active reservists or active members of the National Guard. Service members would be required to apply for tuition assistance through their specific branch of the service.
Tuition Assistance Top-Up (TATU)
The Tuition Assistance Top-Up Program (TATU) is administered through the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is designed to supplement the cost of tuition and fees not covered by the Tuition Assistance Program. Service members should consult with their educational service officer prior to application.
V.A. Work-Study Program
Full-time or 3/4-time student veterans can "earn while they learn" under the VA Work-Study Program. In most cases, students are assigned to work at a site which primarily services veterans.
Yellow Ribbon Program
When a student veteran plans on transferring to a senior private or public institution, the tuition and fees may exceed the amount eligible under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. At that time, the Yellow Ribbon Program may be helpful. Institutions voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist with the higher costs of tuition and fees.
State of Illinois Benefits
Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG)
The Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program pays tuition and mandatory fees for either undergraduate or graduate study at any Illinois public university or community college for those veterans who were honorably discharged with at least one year of full-time active duty.
Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant
The Illinois National Guard Grant pays tuition and eligible fees at Illinois public university or community colleges for eligible members of the Illinois National Guard.
Dependent(s) of a veteran who was an Illinois resident at the time they entered active duty and has been declared to be a prisoner of war, missing in action, died as a result of a service-connected disability, or disabled with a 100 percent disability as the result of a service-connected cause may be eligible to receive the MIA/POW Scholarship.
Illinois Troops to Teachers Program
The Illinois Troops to Teachers Program provides mentoring and referral services to eligible veterans who wish to transition into a K-12 public school teaching career.
State of Illinois Benefits for Veterans Booklet
Download a copy of the State of Illinois Benefits Booklet.