VA Education Benefits


Military students qualify for VA education benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

To apply for these VA Education Benefits

To receive benefits at NIU

  • You must certify every semester.
  • Submit a copy of your Certification of Eligibility to Military and Post-Traditional Student Services.
  • Submit an NIU Enrollment Certification Request each semester after you have registered for classes.
  • You must verify your attendance each month you are enrolled in school. This will trigger your monthly payment. You can verify by phone at 877-823-2378 or online at the VA WAVE (Chapters 31, 33 and 35 students are exempt).

To certify and to read about more education benefits for veterans, visit Military and Post-Traditional Student Services