Resources for Veterans

Illinois Institute of Technology proudly processes United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits for admitted veteran students. Veterans admitted to Illinois Tech are eligible to process the VA benefits listed below. 

Please contact the university's VA representatives with any questions you may have:

Lauren Gallagher
School Certifying Official, Office of Financial Aid
lgallagher@iit.edu
312.567.7952

Jose Alvarado
Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admission
jalvarado@iit.edu
312.567.6941 

Processing Veterans Affairs Benefits

First-Time Applicant (New Students)

If you have not processed Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits at Illinois Tech before, please complete the following steps.

  1. Apply to Illinois Tech 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. Send your Certificate of Eligibility to the School Certifying Official, Lauren Gallagher, at lgallagher@iit.edu

If you have any questions about processing your benefits, please email lgallagher@iit.edu.

Renewal Benefits (Continuing Students)

After a student has used benefits for their first semester, students will be certified automatically for proceeding semesters by the School Certifying Official - unless the the Certifying Official is notified otherwise.

If there is a semester that you do not want to process benefits, please email the School Certifying Official, Lauren Gallagher, at lgallagher@iit.edu to request that your enrollment not be certified.

If you have any questions regarding this program or your eligibility, please contact lgallagher@iit.edu.

Student Veteran Group

The university has a student veterans group, whose purpose is to foster fellowship and community among veterans of armed forces within the Illinois Tech community. To learn more or to join, please visit its HawkLink page.

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 veterans benefits at Illinois Tech. Students need to be accepted by Illinois Tech and cleared by the Department of Veterans Affairs before receiving benefits. Paperwork needs to be submitted to veterans@iit.edu  and you must complete the Veteran Benefit Process Application,  which confirms you want to process VA benefits.

Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) 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.

Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)—Chapter 1606

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. 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. 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.

Post-9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program

The Post-9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program allows eligible military veterans to attend Illinois Tech 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 Processing at Illinois Tech

The Yellow Ribbon benefits for an Illinois Tech undergraduate student covers the majority of the tuition expenses you will have. For the 2018–19 academic year, VA benefits will cover $23,671.94. Once this amount is maximized, the Yellow Ribbon Program and Illinois Tech will cover the remaining charges on your account for the term.

For an Illinois Tech graduate student, $23,671.94 will also be used to process your benefits.

If you need additional funding, the Yellow Ribbon Program and Illinois Tech will cover a portion of the remaining benefits up to:


Division or School

Number of Students
Max School Contribution Amount
(Per Student/Per Year)
Mies Campus, including ID 50 $6,000
Chicago-Kent College of Law 15 $12,750
Stuart School of Business 25 $5,000

Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits to Dependents

Service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program can transfer unused education benefits to their spouses or children as of August 1, 2009. Families looking to apply for TEB must visit the milConnect website.

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

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) 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.

Survivors of Dependents Assistance (DEA)

Survivors of Dependents Assistance (DEA) 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.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available to veterans who elected to make contributions from their military pay toward the VEAP program while enlisted. 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 one month 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 an entitlement not used after the 10-year period, your portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment 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.

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 U.S. Department of Education.