Moraine Valley Community College || Financial Aid || Veterans' Checklist

Veterans' Checklist

  1. Apply For Veteran Educational Benefits
    • Apply for veteran benefits 12 weeks prior to registration OR be prepared to make a payment at time of registration according to college policy or college catalog. Once Moraine Valley receives payment from the VA, you may be reimbursed.
    • Apply for GI Bill benefits online at gibill.va.gov. To register for classes, all students using GI Bill, including dependents, must attend a mandatory veteran's orientation. Please contact New Student Retention (S216), (708) 974-5277 for scheduling. Rules and regulations as described in the GI Bill related to a college major plan and course selection will be discussed to help ensure the student is planning to register for courses which are consistent with educational and career goals. Bring a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility, DD214-Member 4 copy and any previous college transcripts to this meeting. Students who have previously attended a session must meet with an academic advisor each semester before registering. Recipients must maintain good academic standing, as stated in the college catalog.
    • Chapter 35, Survivors and Dependents: You must have VA file number in order to be certified. Contact the VA for this information.
    • Apply for Illinois Veterans' Grant (IVG) if not 100% eligible for the Post 911 GI Bill and if you are a veteran with an honorable discharge, served at least one year of active duty, and entered and returned to Illinois within six months of service. The grant offers veterans 120 units to cover tuition and certain fees. The student is responsible for class fees and books. Recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better for continued eligibility. Submit an IVG application to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, bring it to the Cashier's Office (S105).
    • Apply for Illinois National Guard Grant (ING). Eligible students must be an Illinois National Guard member and have served at least one year in the Illinois National Guard. Qualifying students must submit a completed ING application online to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission every year to receive their Letter of Eligibility. A copy of this letter should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office (S107), at the start of every academic year. Applications are available at collegezone.com/12523.htm. Recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better for continued eligibility. Deadlines: Fall — Oct. 1; Spring — March 1; Summer — June 15.
  2. Apply for Admission to Moraine Valley Community College
    • Enroll online at morainevalley.edu
    • In person at Registration, Student Services Center, Bldg. S, Room S103.
    • Call (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711).
  3. Submit Transcripts

    Contact all previous colleges/universities attended and have official transcripts sent to Moraine Valley Records Office (708) 974-5730. Attach a completed Transcript Evaluation Form. Transcripts, Records Office — Bldg. S, Room S111

  4. Take Placement Tests

    Placement Tests, Bldg. B, Room B101
    Take Compass placement tests which assess current level of readiness for college-level Reading, English and Math. Students may be exempt from all or partial testing based on prior college credit or if they have scored a 20 or higher on the ACT Math, Reading or English portion. Provide a picture ID to take the test. Test review is available at www.actstudent.org/sampletest (708) 974-5309 or morainevalley.edu/testingcenter.

    Students will use a personal computer in Moraine Valley’s Testing Center, located in Bldg. B, (Room B101), to complete the COMPASS test. COMPASS is untimed, but students should plan to spend up to two hours for the full placement test. Placement tests results will be available immediately.

    Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for placement testing. Registration for the COMPASS placement test can be done online or in person.

    1. Use MVConnect. Login using your assigned username and password. On the Self-Service menu, click Registration. Select Search, Register, and Pay for Non-Credit classes. Select Placement Testing in the Topic Code drop-down box and click Submit. Click the box next to the section you would like to register for and click Submit. Continue through remaining screens and submit your payment.
    2. In person: You may choose to register for any scheduled COMPASS/placement test session that will be offered Monday-Friday. Stop by the Registration Office, Bldg. S (Room S103), to register. Payment of $25 is due at the time of registration. Proceed to the Casher’s Office, Bldg. S, Room S105. Bring your receipt to the Testing Center, Bldg. B, Room 101.

    New students must complete English composition, reading and math placement testing prior to attending an orientation program.

    Currently enrolled students must pre-register and pre-pay for placement testing before registering for English composition, reading or math classes.

    Placement Test Exemptions

    Previously Earned College Credit

    If you've previously earned college credit, you may be exempt from some or all of the placement tests. Submit a college transcript or grade report showing a "C" or better in a college level (101 or higher) English composition/rhetoric course and/or mathematics course to the Academic Advising Center, Building S.

    Act Scores

    An ACT score of 20 or above in English, reading and mathematics may be used in place of some or all of the placement tests. To qualify for an exemption, students need to bring a copy of their ACT scores to the Academic Advising Center.

    • A score of 20 or above in English and reading exempts you from the English/reading placement test.
    • A score of 20 or above in mathematics exempts you from the mathematics placement test.
  5. Attend a mandatory Veteran's Orientation

    Academic Advising, Bldg. S, Room S201
    First time GI Bill benefit users will need to attend a mandatory Veteran's Orientation. Continuing students who have attended a Veteran's Orientation session must meet with an academic advisor each semester prior to registering. The academic advisors will assist with course selections prior to registration. Information can be found at morainevalley.edu/academicadvising, (708) 974-5721

  6. Register for Courses

    Once required documentation (DD214-Member 4 copy, Certificate of Eligibility, any previous college transcripts) has been brought to Academic Advising and the Semesterly Intake form and Veteran's Registration form have been approved, there are three ways to register:

    • By phone at (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711)
    • In person at Registration, Bldg. S, Room S103
    • Online at morainevalley.edu

Other Resources

Combat to College (C2C) - Moraine Valley Student Veteran Organization
Bldg. U, Room U203

Combat to College helps Moraine Valley students (men and women) who currently serve, or who have ever served, in the United States military, transition to college life and establish a lifelong network of new friends and fellow veterans. The organization also strives to ensure every veteran is aware of any and all related benefits and services for which he or she may qualify. Monthly meetings are held in fall and spring semesters. The office is closed during the summer. For more information, please visit morainevalley.edu/vets.

Counseling and Career Development Center
Bldg. S, Room S202

Need help in choosing a career path or exploring educational goals? Counseling and Career Development provides personal, educational and career development services (708) 974-5722 or morainevalley.edu/counseling. Once you decide on a program, visit Academic Advising to choose classes.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Bldg. B, B260

CLEP is the accepted credit-by-exam program. Each 90-minute exam allows you to demonstrate your knowledge in various subjects. Register in person in the Academic Outreach office, (708) 974-5710. collegeboard.com/clep.

Center for Disability Services
Bldg. S, Room S114

Support services for persons with disabilities and create equal opportunity for persons with disabilities by promoting equal access to all college programs and activities. (708) 974-5711. morainevalley.edu/cds