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Veterans' Benefits

Eligibility

Eligibility for the various U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (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 are available in Moraine Valley's Financial Aid Office, S107.

Steps to Apply for Federal Benefits

  1. Detailed list of how to get started.
  2. Complete and return the appropriate documents and DD214 to the New Student Retention Office (S216).
  3. Register and pay for your classes. The VA will reimburse you based on your eligibility. Chapter 33 veterans can submit their letter of eligibility to the New Student Retention Office in lieu of a payment.
  4. Provide the New Student Retention Office (S216) or Academic Advising Office (S201) with a completed Semesterly Intake Form each semester.

For more information, call (888) 442-4551.

Montgomery GI bill

This is the official site for the Montgomery GI bill and has a thorough description of how the GI bill can be of assistance to veterans.

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). Downloaded the application.

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.

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. Downloaded the application.

Deadlines

Fall—Oct. 1
Spring—March 1
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 about the Illinois Veterans Grant or Illinois National Guard Grant.

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 (S111) along with an Evaluation Request Form, available at the Academic Advising Office (S201), or Records Office. It takes approximately three weeks for the evaluation process to be completed.

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.