Eastern Illinois University is to the veterans of our country for their dedication and service. The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program (BGS) in the School or Continuing Education (SCE) is honored to assist veterans and their families in their journey to complete a college degree.
We are pleased to welcome veterans and their families to Eastern Illinois University and to the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program (BGS). Since 1972 the BGS Program has been assisting both active duty personnel and veterans in their quest to complete a college degree. Designed to take maximum advantage of the training received through their military service, as well as accepting all college credits previously earned through regionally accredited universities and colleges, the BGS Program makes it possible to complete the degree without ever having to start over again. We believe in our veterans and want to facilitate degree completion in a manner that works best for the individual.
Eastern Illinois University is a military friendly institution with support services available to facilitate the academic endeavors of active duty personnel and veterans. The Coordinator of Student Services for Veterans and Military Personnel is Stephen Knotts and may be reached by email, email@example.com or Veterans Services at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by phone, 217-581-7888.
When applying to the BGS Degree Program, active duty military personnel and veterans should submit with the application form their military transcripts (AARTS or SMARTS) in addition to any transcripts from colleges or universities they have attended.
The AARTS (Army American Registry Transcript System) is the transcript service for soldiers and veterans of the Army, Army National Guard, and US Army Reserve. The SMARTS (Sailor/Marine Ace Registry Transcript) is for individuals with service in the Navy or Marine Corps. These transcripts are a record of college-level credits earned through military coursework and training during the time of service. For information on how to request an AARTS or SMARTS transcript, visit the American Council on Education website at http://www.acenet.edu/higher-education/topics/Pages/Transcript-Services.aspx.
Some advantages we can offer:
- Accept all credits from military training and from other regionally accredited institutions attended
- Generous transfer policy
- Only 20 hr residency requirement which can be done on- or off-campus, or through online courses
- Never lose another credit or have to start over because of being transferred
- Tailor the program to meet your needs/goals
- All requirements can be met through online courses
- Minimum number of required courses
- Professional academic advisors can be accessed online, over Skype, land lines, email or face-to-face appointments
- No application fee for active-duty personnel
- Instate tuition for all online courses
- Textbooks are rented for a minimal fee through the university—never buy another textbook
For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program or the School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University, go to: www.eiu.edu/bgs
Apply for admission to the BGS program at https://www.eiu.edu/myeiu/register.php?type=2&skip=1
Other Important Links For Military/Veterans:
Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31 U.S. Code)Vocational Rehabilitation is a comprehensive educational program administered by the VA, open to veterans with a compensable, service-connected disability. A monthly stipend is awarded along with all tuition and fees, as well as necessary tools or supplies. Contact Veteran Services for more information.
Post-Viet Nam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32 U.S. Code)
Individuals who contributed to the VEAP while in the service may be eligible to receive a monthly stipend while attending college. Contact Veteran Services for details.
Dependent Educational Assistance (Chapter 35 U.S. Code)Dependent Educational Assistance is available for widows, widowers, and children of veterans who died as a result of a service-connected condition or veterans who carry a permanent and total disability. Contact Veteran Services for details.
Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1606 U.S. Code)Members of Military Reserve Units should contact their units for eligibility requirements. Applications may be obtained at Veteran Services.
Illinois Veteran Grant
Any person who served at least one full year of full-time active duty in the United States Armed Forces, received an honorable discharge and resided in Illinois six months before and after active duty service is eligible to apply. A recipient may not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any state or federal grant. A member of the Illinois National Guard or a Reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States who meets the eligibility requirements is considered a qualified applicant for the Illinois Veteran Grant program. More information and application can be found online at www.collegezone.com. Letters of eligibility should be sent to the Veteran Services Office.
MIA/POW Scholarship. Any spouse, natural child, legally adopted child, or any step-child of a veteran or service person who has been declared by the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. Veterans’ Administration to be a prisoner of war, missing-in-action, deceased as a result of a service-connected disability, or permanently disabled from service-connected causes with 100% disability and who, at the time of entering service, was an Illinois resident or was an Illinois resident within six months of entering service, may be eligible for the scholarship. Applications may be obtained at Veteran Services.
Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30 U.S. Code)Eastern Illinois University is an approved institution for Veterans’ Affairs benefit programs. Applications may be obtained at Veteran Services.