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Military Friendly 2014Eastern Illinois University has been designated as a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs Magazine every year since the inception of the award in 2010. Our commitment to supporting veterans, military service members, and military family members is also recognized by EIU being awarded the Illinois Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education for 2012. We are only getting started and will continue to provide dedication and steadfast commitment to our military community.


Consistently ranked in the top third of Midwest universities in its class by U.S. News and World Report, Eastern has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty.  In addition to reasonable tuition, fees, and room and board rates, Eastern offers a textbook rental system, saving the average student hundreds of dollars per semester.

This excellent cost-to-education is demonstrated in that EIU has a lower tuition than the median cost for universities in Illinois, and so veterans coming to Eastern Illinois University would now benefit from the Yellow Ribbon Program!

The Military Student Assistance Center is committed to assisting those who served or are currently serving in the U.S. military, and their family members. We synchronize support with many University departments and services to provide coordinated services and resources in a one-stop location to ensure all military service members are afforded the greatest opportunities for success.

Veterans Benefits (Student Services Building, East Wing) | 217-581-7510 | jlstout@eiu.edu

Veterans and service members receive individualized assistance in completing request forms such as educational and military transcripts and applications for the G.I. Bill, Illinois Veterans Grant, Illinois National Guard Grant, Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship, Federal Tuition Assistance, and Federal Student Aid programs. Additional services may include help with periods of military activation and deployment, obtaining appropriate housing accommodations, requesting military records, and acquiring community living information, outreach services, and health benefits.

Military Student Assistance Center (Thomas Hall, Lower Level) | 217-581-7888 | veterans@eiu.edu

We provide a single coordination point for student veterans, military personnel, and members of military families and enhance military enrollment, academic and social integration, and future career opportunities in order to support those who have made sacrifices for the state of Illinois and the United States of America.

  • Advocate and Ombudsman for student veterans and military personnel at EIU
  • Provide a centralized coordination source on benefit programs and services
  • Coordinate academic and social programs to enhance opportunities for success

Register with the Eastern Illinois University Military Student Assistance Center if you are a veteran or service member. We want to make sure we provide you with important University services, programs, and updates.

Online degrees have some risks and it is good to do your homework. EIU has several accredited online degrees available. For more information on the importance of an online degree go to  http://www.AccreditedOnlinecolleges.org or http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/spotlight/veterans-education-resources/ 

A more comprehensive list of services available to all current and future students is available on Eastern's website. In addition, EIU's Public Act 96-0133 Survey is available for public review.