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    Office of Financial Aid

    Perlstein Hall, 206
    10 W 33rd Street
    Chicago, IL 60616

    Phone: 312.567.7219
    Toll Free: 866.901.1866
    Fax: 312.567.3982

    Office Hours:
    M-F 8:30 AM - 5PM

    Counseling Hours:
    12 PM - 3PM daily

    Veteran Benefits

    Post 9/11 GI BIll logo from Department of Veteran Affairs

    The Illinois Institute of Technology, a private institution of higher education, proudly processes Department of Veteran Affairs benefits for admitted veteran students. Veterans admitted to IIT are eligible to process the VA benefits listed in the drop downs below. Please visit the drop down menus below to learn about each program, as well as eligibility for these programs.

    University Veteran Benefit Contacts

    Ryan Nelson
    Undergraduate Admissions VA representative

    Melisa Lopez
    University VA Certifying Official

    Monica Avina
    Financial Aid VA representative

    Though it is not required, students are strongly encouraged to apply for federal financial assistance. We recommend students complete a FAFSA each year. To be considered for most types of financial assistance you must be enrolled at least part-time in a degree-seeking program.

    Veteran benefits will be incorporated into your total aid consideration.Your eligibility for other types of assistance, including IIT scholarships, may be impacted as a result of receiving these benefits. Questions about VA benefits can be submitted to

    VA Benefits Application Process

    Veterans admitted to IIT through Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions may be eligible for VA benefits. Based on the student status, new or continuing, the steps to successfully process VA benefits are listed below.

    First Time Applicant (New Students)

    To process VA benefits for the first semester you attend IIT, you need to complete the following steps:

    1. Apply to the Illinois Institute of Technology and be accepted as a degree-seeking student.
    2. Apply for your Certificate of Eligibility with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.
    3. Obtain a copy of your DD214 letter.
    4. Complete the following VA form here confirming you want to process benefits:
      Veteran Benefit Process Application.
    5. Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility and DD214 from the VA, you may e-mail your certificate and discharge paperwork to You may also deliver the certificate to:

      Melisa Lopez
      Illinois Institute of Technology
      One Stop Office
      3201 South State Street
      MTCC, 106
      Chicago, IL 60616

    If you have any questions regarding this program or your eligibility, please contact the One Stop Office at 312.567.3810 directly.

    Renewal Benefits (Continuing Students)

    Every semester, you need to submit an e-mail to requesting to process your benefits. You should complete the following steps before sending the e-mail:

    • Obtain most recent award letter from the Department of Veteran Affairs listing your remaining available benefits. Submit this form to

    If you have any questions regarding this program or your eligibility, please contact the One Stop at 312.567.3810 directly.

    Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty or Selected Reserve

    Students eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill, either active duty (Chapter 30) or selected reserve (Chapter 1606) are eligible to process Veteran's Benefits at IIT. Students need to be accepted by IIT and cleared by the Department of Veterans Affairs before receiving benefits. Paperwork needs to be filled out in the Registrar's Office at IIT's Main Campus to initiate the process for obtaining VA tuition benefits.

    Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30)

    The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. More information for this benefit can be found on the VA web site here:

    Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

    The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program.You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Your eligibility for the program normally ends on the day you leave the Selected Reserve. For more information on this benefit, please visit the VA's website.

    Post-9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program

    The Illinois Institute of Technology is pleased to participate in the Department of Veteran Affairs' Yellow Ribbon Program. As a benefit of this program, eligible military veterans can attend the Illinois Institute of Technology at little to no out-of-pocket tuition cost. Both undergraduates and graduate (full-time and part-time) students are eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

    Yellow Ribbon Eligibility Requirements

    Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, you may be eligible if:

    • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
    • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
    • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

    Yellow Ribbon Processing at IIT

    Essentially, the Yellow Ribbon benefits for an IIT undergraduate student covers majority of the tuition expense you will have. For the 2013-14 academic year, the VA benefits cover $19,198.31 annually and once this amount is maximized, the Yellow Ribbon program and IIT will cover the remaining charges on your account for the remaining term.

    For a graduate student, the $19,198.31 will also be used to process your benefits. If you need additional funding, the Yellow Ribbon program and IIT will cover a portion of the remaining benefits up to $6,000 annually.

    Yellow Ribbon logo from Department of Veteran Affairs website.     For the 2013-2014 academic year, IIT had 33 students who participated in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
    Transfer of Post-9/11 GI -Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)

    Service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can transfer unused educational benefits to their spouse or children as of August 1, 2009. Eligibility requirements can be found in detail on the Department of Veteran Affairs website on the Transfer of Post-9/11 Benefits to Dependents (TEB).

    How to apply for TEB

    First you must go to the Department of Defense transferability application web site to determine if your dependents are eligible to receive the transferred benefits. This web site is only available to military members.

    Official Department of Defense transferability application website (non-VA Link).

    Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred benefits with VA by completing VA Form 22-1990e. VA Form 22-1990e should only be completed and submitted to VA by the family member after Department of Defense has approved the request for TEB. Do not use VA Form 22-1990e to apply for TEB.

    Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

    REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

    For more information on this program, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs REAP website.

    Survivors of Dependents Assistance (DEA)

    Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

    For more information on this program, please visit the Department of Veteran Affairs website on Survivors and Dependent Assistance.

    Veteran's Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

    VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.

    Benefit entitlement is 1 to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If there is entitlement not used after the 10-year period, your portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded.

    Please review the Department of Veterans Affairs VEAP website for more information.

    Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

    This program is a service for veterans who have a service-connected disability. Education and vocational counseling is available for eligible service members, current beneficiaries of GI Bill programs, and veterans and qualified dependents who are eligible for educational assistance under any of the GI Bill programs.

    Please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website on Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program for more information.

    VA Benefits and Institutional Scholarship Policy

    A veteran student who qualifies for VA educational benefits will have all VA benefits applied to the student account in accordance with the rules established by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Education.

    The guidelines for award adjustments include, but are not limited to, the following:

    The receipt of VA educational benefits (including but not limited to Chapter 33) does not affect federal financial aid, but may change institutional aid eligibility. As such, the receipt of VA educational benefits may result in an adjustment of previously awarded general institutional scholarships so that this limited funding can be awarded to as many students as possible. Adjustments of institutional scholarships are made upon the certification of VA tuition and fee benefits.

    Students receiving VA educational benefits for less than 100% will have VA benefits, institutional scholarships, and IL Map Grant (if eligible) combined to total tuition and fees.

    VA Benefits Depletion and Scholarship Reinstatement

    Veterans who exhaust all VA benefits will have original admission scholarships reinstated on the student account, based on the amount of eligibility remaining during the academic year. For example, if a student utilizes VA benefits during the Fall term, only Spring aid will be reinstated on the student account.


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