Veterans Educational Benefits
- Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program
- Continuing Students Receiving Benefits
- Direct Deposit
- Enrollment Changes
- New Benefit Applicants
- Other Financial Assistance at Loyola
- Transferring Benefit Applicants
- Verifying Your Attendance
- Veteran Contacts
The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) participates in all applicable federal programs for veterans, servicepersons and their dependents. We encourage all persons that are potentially eligible for these benefits to apply. However, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) or other agency, as appropriate, makes the final determination of eligibility. You must be a degree-seeking student (matriculated into an approved degree or certificate program) in order to receive these education benefits.
Note: Loyola University Chicago does not participate in the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) Program. IVG is only available at Illinois public institutions.
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 provides additional benefits for serviceperson who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. Click here to learn more about these benefits.
Mr. Robert Young from the Illinois State Veteran's Approving Agency presented on the New Post 9/11 GI Bill. Please see the following Power Point for the details of his presentation.
- Form 22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits (Ch 30 or 1606) OR
- Form 22-5490 Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Ch 35)
You can obtain these forms from http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp or in person at our office. Submit the form along with one of the following supporting documents to OSFA:
- DD Form-214 (Separation and Discharge Form) - Member-4 copy OR
- DD Form 2384-1 (Notice of Basic Eligibility)
Step 2: Determining Your Eligibility
OSFA will mail your forms along with a Form 22-1999 Enrollment Certification to the VA so that they can determine your eligibility for benefits. Once the VA has processed (and approved) your application, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (Form 22-0557) from their office in response to your request. This process will take about 45 days. Your payment should arrive around the same time.
Step 3: Sending a Copy to OSFA
After you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, send a copy to OSFA, attention VA Coordinator.
Transferring Benefit Applicants
Students who have utilized benefits at another institution must submit a signed:
- Form 22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (Chapters 30, 32 & 1606) OR
- Form 22-5940 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
Submit these to OSFA. Change forms do not require accompanying documents. We will retain these forms and submit Form 22-1999 Enrollment Certification electronically to the VA so that they can resume payment of your benefits.
Continuing Students Receiving Benefits
OSFA will certify your continued enrollment electronically to the VA, beginning two weeks before the term begins. Enrolled veterans receive an email to their Loyola email address to confirm the certification to the VA (Forms 22-1999 are filed electronically from Loyola to the VA). Email our office if you change enrollment, withdraw, or if your benefits are going to expire.
VA regulations require that you immediately notify OSFA if you change your address or withdraw from any class. Discussing enrollment changes with OSFA may help avoid a potential loss of benefits
Direct Deposit (Chapters 30 or 1606)
You can get payments more quickly with direct deposit. We strongly encourage you to use direct deposit, if possible. For information, call toll-free 877.838.2778.
Verifying Your Attendance (Chapter 30 only)
You will receive a VA Form 22-8979, Student Verification of Enrollment, each month. You will not receive payment until VA receives your verification. You can complete your verification one of three ways:
- Visit https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave to use the Internet Verification program (WAVE).
- Call 1.877.823.2378. Follow the instructions provided. When the system tells you that you are certified, your verification is complete.
- Return VA Form 22-8979 by mail.
Note: If you are unable to use the telephone system, you must complete the paper verification form and return it to VARO. After processing your verification, they will release a payment if appropriate.
Other Financial Assistance at Loyola
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial assistance. We recommend that all students file a FAFSA for each school year. You can file this form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or with a paper form (available at the OSFA). Be sure to list the Loyola Title IV School Code (001710) as a school choice on the FAFSA. In order to be considered for most types of financial assistance, you must be enrolled at least half-time (typically six undergraduate- or four graduate-level hours) in a degree-seeking program.
Note: Veterans benefits are incorporated into your total aid eligibility. Therefore, your eligibility for other types of educational assistance may be impacted as a result of receiving these benefits.
Loyola Office of Student Financial Assistance
Veterans Education Benefits (Chapter 30, 32, 35, & 1606)
Veteran's Affairs Regional Office (VARO)
P.O. Box 66830
St. Louis, MO 63166-6830
Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)
Department of Veteran Affairs
536 S. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60605