FAQs About Veterans Services

  • If this is the first time you are using Veterans benefits at Harper College, click here and follow the instructions on the checklist.
  • If you have previously used Veterans benefits at Harper College, click here and  follow the instructions on the checklist.
  • For information about tuition and fees, click here.
  • The VEC is a form found on the Veterans Services webpage of the Harper College website which notifies the School Certifying Official (SCO) that a student would like to utilize Veterans benefits for the semester or has made changes to his/her enrollment (added or dropped courses).
  • Any student attempting to utilize Veterans benefits at Harper MUST have a VEC on file. Without this document the SCO will not know that a student wants to use his/her Veterans benefits and their enrollment will not be certified.
  • Students must complete a VEC for EVERY semester he/she intends on using their Veterans benefits. The student must also resubmit a VEC any time he/she adds or drops courses so their enrollment can be adjusted with the VA.
  • Once the veteran's certification is sent to VA, a confirmation will be sent to the email address reported on the request form. Please make sure your email address as reported on the form is correct.
  • It can take the VA processing center in St. Louis up to 30 days to process the current certification information.
  • The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) notifies the student and the School Certifying Official (SCO) of the student’s eligibility to receive any Veterans benefit. A student receives his/her COE after the VA has determined if a student is eligible to receive the Veterans benefits they have applied for. There are COEs for each individual Veteran benefit.
  • The student only needs to apply for their Veterans benefits once unless he/she is utilizing the Illinois National Guard Grant (ING). The student must apply for ING each academic year. The SCO also needs an updated COE every year indicating the student’s ING eligibility.
  • No, however, if the student enrolls less than full-time, their Veterans benefit compensation may be reduced.
  • If the student qualifies for the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) and indicates he/she would like to utilize this benefit while at Harper, the VA will process the student’s BAH and Book Stipend once their enrollment has been certified by the SCO. The VA will send checks for the BAH and Book Stipend directly to the student, not to Harper.
  • As regular BAH, the student is paid via direct deposit on the first of the month for the month prior. The amount is prorated so payments in September, January, February and June tend to be around half or less.
  • BAH rates are set at the E-5 plus dependents level of the Zip code of the school the student is attending. The 2015-2016 rate for Harper College is $2,065 per month.
  • Each student is authorized up to $1,000 per year in a books stipend. The VA will pay  $41.67 per credit hour the student is registered for. These funds are also direct deposited into your account.
  • Students must be in school full time and have at least one class that is not blended, or online.
  • If a student is less than 100% eligible, then they will receive that percentage of the BAH.
  • If a student would like to check the status of their Veterans benefits, please contact the VA Educational Hotline at: 1-888-442-4551.
  • Harper’s SCO cannot contact the VA on behalf of the student.
  • Yes, students may submit a FAFSA to determine if he/she is eligible to receive grants or loans.
  • If a student chooses to utilize funds receive grants or loans it will not negatively impact their Veterans benefits.
  • Veterans must make Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to continue to receive Veterans benefits. Satisfactory Academic Progress is defined as maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and completing at least 67% of all credit hours attempted. See Harper College's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for more information.
  • If a student is on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) suspension and would like to receive their federal Veterans benefits such as Post 9/11 (CH 33), Montgomery GI Bill (CH 30), etc. they are required to submit a SAP appeal.
  • If a student is ONLY attempting to utilize IVG, ING, or the MIA/POW Scholarship, he/she only needs to be earning a cumulative 2.0 GPA. As long as he/she is maintaining a 2.0 or higher, the student will not need to file an appeal for the purposes of receiving one of the three benefits listed above.
                  - If the student is attempting to use IVG with CH 33, he/she will still be required
                    to submit a SAP appeal to be certified for CH 33.
  • Harper cannot determine a student’s eligibility, however, we can determine if a student should apply. If the student was a resident of Illinois or a student at an Illinois public 2- or 4-year institution, enlisted in Illinois, and returned to Illinois after service, he/she may be eligible to receive the Illinois Veterans Grant.

            - There are additional eligibility requirements available on ISAC’s webpage.
  • The student will need to search for the IVG paper application online, complete the form and submit a copy of their DD214 to the address listed on the application. This application process only needs to take place once for the academic career of the student. 
  • Once the student has received their Certificate of Eligibility he/she should be directed to submit a copy to OSFA.
  • Again, Harper cannot determine a student’s eligibility, however, eligibility information can be found on ISAC’s website or the student should be directed to speak with someone from his/her unit.
  • Students must apply, and REapply each year, online for ING, the application can be found at CollegeZone.com > Students & Parents > Military Services.
  • If a student requests additional information regarding ING they should contact their Unit Readiness NCO.
  • ING must be applied for EVERY academic year. The SCO needs an updated Certificate of Eligibility every year before the student’s enrollment can be certified to the VA.
  • There are specific deadlines for students to apply for ING:
    • October 1st – Full Year Consideration
    • March 1st – Only second semester, second and/or third quarter consideration
    • June 15th – Only summer term consideration
  • Students with IVG or ING eligibility can use their units towards Continuing Education courses. Federal Veterans benefits such as CH 33, CH 30, CH 1606/1607, etc. are not eligible to be used for Continuing Education courses.
  • IVG and ING will ONLY cover Continuing Education tuition; students are responsible for Continuing Education fees.
  • If the student is 100% eligible to receive CH 33 benefits then they are not eligible to use their state benefits (IVG / ING) as well.
  • A student can choose to use either Post 9/11 or IVG and do not have to use the same benefit as the previous semester.
  • If it is determined that a student is less than 100% eligible for Chapter 33, the amount of compensation received for tuition and fees, housing allowances, and book vouches is reduced and the student is eligible to utilize any state Veterans benefit he/she is receiving.
  • The VA will only pay for classes within an official degree or certificate program that are eligible for financial aid.
  • Remedial courses if required are paid for by Veterans benefits, but the courses need to be taken in person (online, or blended classes are NOT covered by Veterans benefits).
  • IVG will cover Continuing Education courses.
  • If using GI Bill benefits, a 22-1995 form (a 22-5495 form for dependents of veterans) needs to be filled out on VONAPP to inform the VA of a change in educational institution. A new Certificate of Eligibility will be sent.
  • If the student is utilizing Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), IVG, ING, Vocational RehabIlitation and Employment (Chapter 31), Military Tuition Assistance or MIA/POW Scholarship, a payment plan is NOT required.
  • if there is a remaining balance after the Veterans benefits have posted, the student will be responsible for covering those expenses. The student will be responsible for committing to a payment method at time of registration.
  • For payment information, click here.
  • All chapter 30, 1607 and 1606 veterans must verify their attendance monthly, on or after the last day of each month. They may do this by phone: 1-877-823-2378 or through W.A.V.E. (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) at www.gbill.va.gov.
  • If the student must withdraw for a military obligation, please submit a copy of the orders to the One Stop.
  • If the student chooses to withdraw from or stops attending a class, an adjustment will be filed with the VA and the student may owe money back to the VA.