Federal, state, and institutional student financial aid programs are available to cover your cost of attendance. Completing the FAFSA is the first step in determining your eligibility for most financial aid programs. For more information on the application process click here.
The information below will walk you through the steps of applying for and utilizing Federal or State Veteran benefit programs. For a detailed timeline of benefits processing please see Important Dates & Announcements (hyperlink) in the Veteran Menu.
STEP 1: Apply for Beneﬁts
Federal and state veterans educational programs are available for active duty service members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Services, and, in some cases, the dependents of service members. Resources received through most federal veterans educational programs don’t affect financial aid eligibility. Click here for detailed application steps.
The following links provide additional information on these programs and the processes that must be followed to utilize these benefits:
Once your application for VA Education Benefits has been processed the VA will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). A copy of the COE must be provided to our office.
If applying for the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG), Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant, or MIA/POW, once the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has processed your application you will be provided with a Letter of Eligibility. A copy of the Letter of Eligibility must be provided to our office.
These documents may be submitted to our office using the online Document Upload.
STEP 3: Submit VECR
Each term you must submit the electronic Veteran’s Enrollment Certification Request (VECR) for Veterans Services to certify your enrollment to the Department of Veterans Affairs for your Federal Veteran’s Education Benefits. The VECR is available online here. Students need to wait at least 24 hours after registering to complete the VECR form, this allows the system to update overnight with your enrollment.
Also, if you receive either the Active Duty or Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill® you must verify your enrollment monthly to receive payments. Students using Chapter 33 benefits will begin this process after August 1st, 2021.
The VECR is not required at this time for State of Illinois Veterans programs. However, you must notify our office if you have elected to use benefits by submitting your Letter of Eligibility and/or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.