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Educational Benefits for Veterans and Servicemembers

There are many different types of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits available to advance the education and skills of veterans and service-members in the United States Armed Forces. To learn more about your eligibility, please visit the VA website. Along with the Chapter 33 benefits outlined below, students typically qualify for other benefits that include:

  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty
  • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  • Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve.

In order to receive any VA educational benefits, please visit the procedures page for information on documentation that must be provided to North Park University. Contact Emily Hawkinson in Student Administrative Services for more information.

The details below pertain to the 2014–2015 academic year.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Veterans who served a minimum of 90 days active duty after September 11, 2001 (or 30 continuous days and were discharged due to a service-connected disability), are eligible for education benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and may be eligible for additional benefits through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Additional information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill is available online.

Below is an example of how benefits may be applied for traditional undergraduate students. However, benefits may be applicable to students in all of our graduate and adult programs. Please contact the Office of Admissions or the Veteran Coordinator to learn more about how Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits work in other programs at North Park.

Benefits from Post 9/11 GI Bill

  • Tuition and Fees: The VA will pay a maximum amount of $20,235.05 per year. Students eligible for the maximum VA benefits may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, which could cover all additional costs over $20,235.05. Receipt of 100% VA educational benefits may result in an adjustment of institutional scholarships and grant aid so that those limited funds can assist additional students. For students who receive the Illinois Map Grant, that grant can only be used for tuition charges. Thus, the amount of the grant will be subtracted from tuition charges before the VA education benefits are applied.
  • Monthly Housing Allowance: This amount is based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) calculations. The monthly housing allowance is paid directly to the student after enrollment verification.
  • Annual Stipend for Books and Supplies: A maximum amount of $1,000 per year based on enrollment during the academic year.

Who Qualifies

The amount of active duty service determines the maximum percentage of benefit eligibility:

Active Duty Service after 9/10/01  % of Maximum Benefit Payable 
36 months or more 100% and eligible for Yellow Ribbon
30 continuous days or more and
discharged due to service-connected disability
100% and eligible for Yellow Ribbon
30 months, but less than 36 months 90
24 months, but less than 30 months 80
18 months, but less than 24 months 70
12 months, but less than 18 months 60
06 months, but less than 12 months 50
90 days, but less than 06 months 40

Remember, the VA will make the final determination of your percentage of maximum benefit payable for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Yellow Ribbon Program

North Park University is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program). A provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, this program provides matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a supplement to the Post- 9/11 GI Bill.

How it Works

After the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit is applied to those at the 100% benefit level, North Park would offer assistance for half of the remaining tuition and the VA would match this amount. This would enable qualified students to attend North Park tuition free.

The Yellow Ribbon covers tuition and mandatory fees. Fees are not represented in the example below. These benefits will replace merit scholarships. Yellow Ribbon recipients will also receive a monthly housing allowance and an annual stipend for books and supplies which are both sent from the VA directly to the student. Students who are eligible for the Illinois MAP Grant will have those funds applied after the GI Bill and before the Yellow Ribbon Funds.

Yellow Ribbon Benefits Example

North Park University Tuition  $24,540
Less:  Post 9/11 GI Bill  $20,235.05
Less:  North Park Yellow Ribbon Waiver  $2,152.48
Less:  VA Yellow Ribbon Program Match  $2,152.47
Amount Student Owes  $0 

Who Qualifies

Individuals who meet one of the following standards:

  • Served an aggregate period of at least 36 months after September 11, 2001
  • Were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 11, 2001
  • Are dependents eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

Transfer of Entitlement

The Department of Defense offers members of the Armed Forces the opportunity to transfer Chapter 33 Benefits to their spouses and dependent children. Service members can apply using the ToE website to designate, modify, and revoke a ToE request.

After the transfer has been approved, the spouse or child must apply with the VA before they can begin to receive Chapter 33 benefits. The application VA Form 22-1009e can be completed online through VONAPP.

Once approved the spouse or dependent will need to submit his/her Certificate of Eligibility, a copy of the Service Member’s DD214 (if applicable), and the North Park Veteran’s Certification Form

Questions

Questions about benefits for veterans should be directed to the Veteran Coordinator in the Office of Student Administrative Services via email or at (773) 244-5560.

Next Steps

Review your next steps in order to begin receiving VA educational benefits at North Park University.

Benefits for Veterans