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Veteran Benefits


Eastern Illinois University is committed to serving it's veterans, military personnel, and their families and supporting their academic success.  For an overview of specialized services and policies pertinent to veterans, please refer to the EIU Veterans Services webpage.  See below for a complete listing of State and Federal financial aid programs for veterans at EIU.


Illinois National Guard Grant

Members of the Illinois National Guard are eligible to receive a grant to assist with the cost of education. Applicants must:

  • be full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students at Illinois public colleges, universities, or community colleges,
  • have served for at least one year in the Illinois National Guard (Army or Air Force),
  • apply yearly to receive benefits, which covers cost of tuition and a university mandated activity fee.
  • More Information on Veteran Programs in Illinois

Illinois Veterans Grant

The Illinois Veterans Grant is available to those who have served one year of active duty in the United States Armed Forces as a member of the Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, or Coast Guard. This grant is available to both undergraduate and graduate students at all Illinois public colleges, universities, and community colleges. Applicants must:

  • apply for the Illinois Veterans Grant yearly,
  • it can only be used to cover the cost of tuition and certain fees,
  • must have resided in Illinois six months before entering the service,
  • and must have returned to Illinois six months after discharge.


Eligibility for GI Bill educational benefits can be extended to veterans, members of the Selected Reserves or National Guard; and children or spouses of service-connected deceased or totally and permanently disabled veterans under one of the following programs. Some veterans qualify under more than one program. You are encouraged to review the VA Web site to determine the best benefit package for you.

Montgomery GI Bill-Chapter 30

Individuals who entered active duty after July, 1984, and participated in the pay reduction program (pay reduced $100 a month for 12 months) and served honorably for two years or more are eligible. Veterans or service persons cannot withdraw money paid into the fund. More information here.

Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Program-Chapter 31

This program is available to certain veterans who have a service-connected disability of 10 percent or greater. It provides a monthly stipend and also covers the cost of tuition, books, and supplies. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. More information here.

Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP)-Chapter 32

Individuals who entered active duty service between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, served a continuous period of 181 days or more and contributed financially toward the education program are eligible. Monthly benefits are determined by adding the amount of personal contributions and DOD contributions made during the years of active service. More information here.

Post-9/11 GI Bill-Chapter 33

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. More information here.

Chapter 33 (Transfer of Entitlement – TOE)

Available to service members to transfer unused education benefits to spouses and dependents. The service member must establish eligibility for the entitlement and the Department of Defense (DOD) determines eligibility for transferability. More information here.

GI Bill for Dependents-Chapter 35

A child or spouse of a service-connected deceased or 100 percent disabled veteran may be eligible for VA educational benefits. Benefits may be used until the dependent has reached the age of 27 or 8 years from the date of eligibility is determined, whichever is later. More information here.

Chapter 33 Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

This is available to children of active duty members who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. Eligible children may receive up to 36 months of Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits at 100% rate after their 18th birthday. More information here.

Montgomery GI Bill for Reservists-Chapter 1606

An individual who enlisted, re-enlisted, or extended an enlistment in the Selected Reserve or National Guard for a period of 6 years after July 1, 1985, and has completed the initial active duty training is eligible for VA benefits. This program does not require a contribution by the service person. More information here.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program-Chapter 1607

REAP was established effective for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new 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 new 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. More information here.

National Call to Service Program – NCS

This is available to members of the National Guard, Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve, AmeriCorps or other national service to be eligible for education benefits under Chapter 30 or Chapter 1606 as designated by the Secretary of Defense. More information here.

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(217) 581-6405
Fax: (217) 581-6422

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