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Is there any application fee for veterans?

Application fees can be waived for those prospective students who have a financial need. Please discuss your circumstances with the Veterans Admissions Outreach Specialist (hyperlink to this position’s contact information) to determine if you meet the waiver requirements.

Can I use the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) at Northeatern?
Yes, NEIU is a public institution and eligible veterans are able to utilize this benefit while attending.
Does Northeastern participate in the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon program?
No, Northeastern does not participate. As a public institution, our tuition and mandatory fees are covered by the VA and there is nothing needing to offset with the Yellow Ribbon program.

 

Do my benefits cover my books?

Currently only participants in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VOC REHAB) are eligible to have their books paid for under the benefit program. Veterans using the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) receive a books and supply allowance, based on the number of credits they are enrolled, to offset expenses.

Do I need to make a down payment to secure my classes?

No, if you are utilizing veterans’ benefits you do not need to make a down payment. Veterans should meet with the Veterans Services Office to determine the approximate amount covered by their benefits program to aid in budgeting for any remaining amount that is the student’s responsibility.

What paperwork is needed for my benefits?

This is determined based on the benefits utilized but every veteran or military member must have a copy 4 of their DD214, a Notice of Basic Eligibility for Reservists (NOBE), or a Statement of Service-Active Duty on file with the office. The office staff will determine what additional documentation is required when the student meets with them.

How are benefits/payments processed?

A student using benefits needs to make sure the office has the necessary documents in our files for the benefits they are planning on using. In addition, the student must submit the Request for Certification form (link to form), every semester they wish to use benefits. The form should be submitted as early as possible to allow time for NEIU’s processing, as well as, the Department of Veterans Affairs processing, which can run 2-8 weeks. The deadline for submission is the end of the Change of Registration period at the beginning of every semester.

When will I see my tuition and fees payment for Post 9/11 GI Bill on my account?

Student enrollments are certified to the VA upon submission of the Request for Certification form (link to form), this allows their BAH and book stipends to process through the VA. After the Change of Registration period, the office sends a second transmission to the VA requesting a student’s tuition and fees payment to the VA. Once the VA sends the tuition and fees payment to the school, the deposit is verified for receipt and accuracy. After the payment is verified, it is posted to a student’s account. Tuition and fees payments and processing is not automatic and can take 2-8 weeks after the office transmits the data to the VA. Once the payments are posted to a student’s account, any excess Financial Aid is eligible to release to the student.

Can I receive Pell Grant and/or student loans along with my veteran’s benefits?

Yes, you can! Veterans are encouraged to complete the FAFSA (link to our NEIU page about this) to determine what aid they are eligible to receive. Veterans Services will assist students in determining how their military educational benefits fit into their Financial Aid package.

Are the parking, UPass, and Health Insurance fees covered by my benefits?

Parking, level II, and UPass fees are included under the IVG, Veterans Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) and Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Mandatory Health insurance fees for undergraduates enrolled full-time are covered under the IVG, Veterans Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) and Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Optional Health insurance for Graduate students or those students less than full time and upgraded parking to level I are not covered under benefits.

Do we accept military credits/transcripts?

Yes, a minimum of four credits are awarded to veterans who have been honorably discharged and have served a minimum of one year active duty or in the guard/reserve. Veterans must submit copy 4 of their DD214 to the Admissions Review and Processing Office to receive this credit. Credit is also granted from military transcripts based on military service and training. Students must submit a military transcript for evaluation.

Do we have a ROTC program?

Yes, please refer to ROTC at NEIU (link to this page) for more information.

Are remedial courses covered under my benefits?

Yes, remedial courses are covered, but they cannot be on-line, they must be held on campus.

What happens if I fail a class?

If you attended the class and did not pass, you will not be expected to pay benefits back to the VA or to the state. If you did not attend the class or quit attending during the semester, come to the office for us to determine your potential financial impact. If you are not doing well in a class, please come to the Veterans Services office to see if tutoring is available prior to the end of the class.

What happens if I drop or withdraw from a class?

If you are using state benefits only (IVG, ING, POW/MIA), you do not have to pay back benefits but you are charged entitlement. If you are using GI Bill benefits, it is recommended to meet with the Veterans Services Office to determine your financial repercussions prior to dropping the course. Often times, a student can mitigate the financial impact on their benefits due to a variety of issues that may arise, let the office assist you in determining the best course of action. Drops and withdraws use up entitlement and may need to be repaid back to the VA.

My unit is being activated and I will miss school, what do I do?

Military members and veterans facing a school absence due to a call to active duty or medical treatment for a service-related condition must notify the Veterans Services office (link to contact page) within 10 days of notice to ensure proper application of the Student Military Leave Policy.(link to Military Leave Policy page)

How many credits are considered full time for my benefits?

Full time for undergraduate students is 12 credits and 9 credits for graduate students, to receive full GI Bill benefits, a student must meet these credit levels. Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) benefits are prorated at ¾, ½ and less than ½ credit levels and payments are adjusted accordingly. Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits are prorated for attendance less than full time but a student must be pursuing a minimum of greater than half time enrollment. More than half time for Undergraduate students is considered 7 credits or greater. Undergraduate students registered between 7-11 credits receive a prorated living stipend from the VA. Graduate students must take a minimum of 5 credits to be considered more than half time. Graduate students enrolled in 5-8 credits receive a prorated living stipend.

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