VA Education Benefits
Apply VA Education Benefits
- Access the Department of Veterans Affairs website.
- Complete the appropriate application.
- Apply for Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
Receive benefits at NIU
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).
What benefits do I qualify for?
The GI Bill Comparison Tool will assist you in calculating benefits and research approved programs.
- Chapter 30 - Montgomery G.I. Bill (Active Duty) - Available to veterans who entered military service on or after July 1, 1985.
- Chapter 31 - Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR & E) - Available to veterans who have been determined eligible by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Besides the monthly stipend, these students have their tuition, fees, books and supplies expenses covered.
- Chapter 32 - Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) - Available to post-Vietnam era veterans who entered active duty on or after January 1, 1977, and before July 1, 1985, and who contributed to the VEAP program while in the military.
- Chapter 33 - The Post 9/11 G.I Bill - Educational assistance is available to individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.
- Chapter 35 - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) - Available to children and spouses of veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability and to the children and spouses of veterans who have been listed as a POW or MIA for a period of 90 days.
- Chapter 1606 - Montgomery G.I. Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB SR) - Available to students who are members of the National Guard or Selected Reserve. Those students who are members of the National Guard are not considered veterans for determining independent status for financial aid application purposes unless their DD-214 reflects active duty for purposes other than training.
- Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Available to students who, as members of the National Guard or Selected Reserve, were called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency as declared by the President of Congress, and were activated for a minimum of 90 days after September 11, 2001.
- Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) - Are you the spouse of an active duty member of the Department of Defense or federally activated member of the National Guard or Reserve? Eligible military spouses are now able to receive up to $6,000 of MyCAA financial assistance that can help you pursue education, training, licenses, certificates and degrees leading to employment in certain portable career fields.
- Tuition Assistance TOP-UP - Available to students who will use tuition assistance to complete a degree program while on active duty, but won't continue education after service. It can also be used to take a few classes with tuition assistance while on active duty.
- Verify monthly enrollment for Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 1606 and 30)
- Apply for federal benefits (GI Bill 1606, 30, 31, 33, 35)
- Apply for the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG)
- Apply for the Illinois National Guard Grant (ING)
- Check eBenefits or print a certificate of eligibility