Benefits for Veterans
Veteran's benefits are available for students in both undergraduate and graduate programs.
This information pertains to the 2013-2014 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.
Benefits from Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Tuition and Fees: The VA will pay a maximum amount of $19,198.31 per year. Students eligible for the maximum VA benefits may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, which could cover all additional costs over $19,198.31. 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.
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
|24 months, but less than 30 months
|18 months, but less than 24 months
|12 months, but less than 18 months
|06 months, but less than 12 months
|90 days, but less than 06 months
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 waive 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
|Less: Post 9/11 GI Bill
|Less: North Park Yellow Ribbon Waiver
|Less: VA Yellow Ribbon Program Match
|Amount Student Owes
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.
- In order to begin receiving benefits at North Park, veterans need to bring a copy of their discharge paper (DD-214), and their Certificate of Eligibility to Emily Hawkinson in Student Administrative Services. Emily can be reached at (773) 244-5561 or via email. Students who have not received their Certificate of Eligibility can apply for it online. Duplicate copies of the Certificate of Eligibility can be obtained from the VA, (888) GI-BILL1.
- Each semester, you must fill out the Veteran's Certification Form. This form will give the VA School Certifying Official the necessary information to certify enrollment with the VA each semester. This form must be filled out at the start of each term. If the form is not submitted by the end of the add/drop period (4th week of the semester), then a hold will be placed on the account, which will prevent the student from adjusting his/her schedule, registering for future terms, obtaining transcripts, and/or receiving his/her diploma.
- Admission applicants should contact Rob Berki in the Admission Office to indicate their veteran status.
Military Tuition Assistance Program
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a financial support program available for active duty military personnel with varying benefits based on the branch of service.
North Park does not participate in the government’s Military Assistance Program. In order not to penalize students interested in attending North Park University, North Park offers an institutional Military Tuition grant in the amount that would have been covered by the Department of Defense’s Tuition Assistance Program not to exceed the cost of tuition. Students should submit the appropriate documentation of their Tuition Assistance Authorization to Emily Hawkinson to ensure their account is properly credited.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students receiving Veteran's Benefits must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Every semester, your academic records will be evaluated according to federal regulations. The first semester that you do not meet satisfactory academic progress standards, you will receive a warning notice. If you remain in an unsatisfactory status the following semester, your aid will be suspended. You will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office with instructions about how to get your benefits reinstated.
In the event that you are called up for active military duty or for military training, you must contact Emily Hawkinson, North Park's veteran coordinator in the Office of Student Administrative Services. You will need to provide a copy of your military orders at that time. The Office of Student Administrative Services will work with you and other campus offices to coordinate your leave of absence or withdrawal. Questions should be directed to the Office of Student Administrative Services at (773) 244-5560.