Veterans Education Benefits

The Veteran's Certifying Official, located in the Financial Aid and Veteran's Affairs Office, is available to assist with GI Bill® enrollment certification, and provide information or special services for veterans, service personnel and eligible dependents. The application process for military educational benefits can be complicated and lengthy. Therefore, interested applicants begin the process as soon as possible and allow 2-3 months for results. You may also want to contact the Department of Veterans' Affairs at (888) 442-4551 with questions about eligibility criteria.

The following information outlines some of the GI Bill® programs available: Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty (MGIB, Chapter 30); Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve (MGIB, Chapter 1606); Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35); Training for Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities (Veteran Readiness and Employment, Chapter 31), Post 9/11 (Chapter 33), and Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607).

Illinois Valley Community College will not take any of the four following actions toward any student using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Veteran Readiness and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while their payment from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is pending to the educational institution:

  • Prevent their enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to;
  • Require they secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA’s Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;
  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies (see our VA School Certifying Official for all requirements).