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Education Benefits

If you served on Active Duty, you may be eligible for education benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  For example, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing expenses to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 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®. 

If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program.  Check your eligibility status and the amount for which you qualify with your branch of service prior to enrolling.  If you are the spouse or child of a servicemember who is serving on active duty Title 10 orders in the paygrades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Defense for education, training, and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career.  If you are the spouse or child of a service member, you may be eligible for transfer of the servicemember’s Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits to you

The GI Bill®

There are a variety of GI Bill® education benefits that can be used at Roosevelt including: 

  • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon
  • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB-AD)
  • Chapter 35 – Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E)
  • Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
  • Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) 

There is a time limit for benefit eligibility.  To learn more and view eligibility timelines visit the veteran benefits timetable

The Yellow Ribbon Program 

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a voluntary agreement between Roosevelt University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cover the cost of tuition and eligible fees above the annual VA maximum for private universities ($20,235.02 for 2014/15).  Veterans (and dependents with transferred entitlement) eligible for the Post-911 GI Bill® at the 100% benefit level are eligible to receive these additional funds.  The amount that Roosevelt contributes is matched by VA.  Active duty servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Effective August 1st, 2014, Roosevelt University will provide unlimited Yellow Ribbon funding to undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Professional Studies. Students in these colleges that are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program will be able to attend Roosevelt University year-round with no out-of-pocket expense for tuition and eligible fees.

Undergraduate students in the Chicago College of Performing Arts will continue to receive $2,500 per academic year. Graduate students in the Chicago College of Performing Arts and College of Pharmacy will continue to receive $1,500 per academic year. Please contact Pete LaHaie in the Office of Veterans Services for a comprehensive review of the veteran benefits you may be entitled to.

State of Illinois Grants for Veterans and Dependents

Students that enlisted in Illinois, served on active duty or in the National Guard, and returned to Illinois after their active service may be eligible for state grants administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.  These include the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) and Illinois National Guard Grant (ING).  There is also a scholarship administered by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs for dependents of those considered missing in action or that were held as prisoners of war (MIA/POW).  These state awards may only be used at public two-year and four-year colleges and universities in the State of Illinois.  Please note that Roosevelt University is a private, non-profit institution.  Students are not able to use ING, IVG, and MIA/POW awards to attend Roosevelt. 

Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

All students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid.  Applying for financial aid can assist veterans and dependents close the financial gap between what their veteran benefits cover and their total cost of attendance.  To apply for all forms of state and federal financial aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Roosevelt’s school code is 001749.  There are also a variety of private scholarships that veterans may qualify for.

Students should be aware of their cost of attendance and out-of-pocket expenses.  Utilizing Roosevelt's net price calculator will allow you to have a better understanding of your estimated costs.  Staff in the Office of Veterans Services will work with you to ensure that you have a comprehensive understating of costs, the amount expected to be covered by VA benefits and other forms of financial aid, and remaining out-of-pocket costs (if applicable).

"GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at