Admission & Financial Aid

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Active Duty/Veterans

Thank you for your interest in Concordia University Chicago!

Concordia University Chicago is grateful for current service members and veterans and is supportive of those who would like to start or continue their education. Additionally, our Institute of Professional Studies offers programs that are specifically designed for non-traditional and adult students.

Multiple financial programs are available to assist veterans and their dependents in achieving a college education. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides educational assistance to individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. One such program under The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the Yellow Ribbon program, in which Concordia-Chicago is a participating institution.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

In addition to the VA benefits, current service members and veterans may also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal student financial aid, including grants, loans and work-study programs. In addition, it is used by the state of Illinois and Concordia University Chicago to determine eligibility for need-based grants.

Financial Aid Timelines

Accreditation

Institutional accreditation is an indicator of quality. Accreditation is granted to institutions that have gone through comprehensive reviews and have demonstrated strict adherence to accreditation standards in degree programs, courses, faculty, administration, and student support services. The institution must provide high quality education in order to qualify for and receive accreditation.

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Contact Information

Veterans Certifying Official and Financial Aid Counselor
Aida Asencio-Pinto
Aida.Asencio-Pinto@CUChicago.edu
708-209-3492

Disability Accommodations and Counseling
Mary Wink, M.A
Mary.Wink@CUChicago.edu
708-488-4109

Career Services
Career.Services@CUChicago.edu
708-209-3033

Academic Advising
Academic or faculty advisors are appointed based on academic programs. Prior to admission, students are encouraged to work directly with an Admission Counselor who will be able to provide specific information regarding academic programs.

Additional Resources
Information regarding additional services available at Concordia-Chicago can be found on the Student Life website.

Active Duty/Veteran Programs:

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance is a military benefit that pays the cost of tuition and some fees.

Who is eligible? Virtually all military service members are eligible. However, each service branch determines its criteria for eligibility.

What is the benefit? 

  • $250 per semester credit hour
  • $4500 per fiscal year
    *Navy has a 16 credit-hour annual limit.

How do you apply for Tuition Assistance?

  • Contact you Educational Services Officer (ESO) for your military branch
  • Obtain approval prior to enrolling in courses

What am I required to submit to my school? You are required to submit a Copy of Authority for Tuition Assistance for each course approved.

Tuition Assistance "Top-Up" Program

The Tuition Assistance "Top-Up" Program is an additional benefit intended to supplement other tuition assistance programs. 

Who is eligible? To be eligible for the Top-Up benefit, you must be approved for federal Tuition Assistance by a military department and be eligible for MGIB-Active Duty benefits.

What is the benefit? The amount of the benefit is limited to the amount that you would receive for the same course if regular MGIB benefits were being paid. 

Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months (4 regular school years) of education benefits to eligible service members and veterans for:

  • College, Business
  • Technical or Vocational Courses
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Apprenticeship/Job Training 

Who is eligible? Service members (Active Duty, Guard and Reserve) and veterans who have served at least 90 days on active duty since 9/10/2001.

What is the benefit? 

  • Paid tuition and fees, living (housing) stipend and book stipend.
  • Benefits are tiered based on number of days on active duty.
  • Some limitations apply to those currently on active duty.
  • Benefits can be transferred to spouse or family member.

What am I required to submit to my school?

  • Copy of your Certificate of Eligibility from the Veterans Administration
  • Copy of your DD-214
  • Change of Program Form (if you recently attended another college or university)

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty & Veteran

MGIB provides up to 36 months (4 regular school years) of education benefits to eligible service members and veterans for:

  • College, Business
  • Technical or Vocational Courses
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Apprenticeship/Job Training

Who is eligible? Active Duty members who have served at least two years on active duty and Veterans—there are four categories of Veteran eligibility depending on when you enlisted and how long you served on active duty.

What is the benefit? The benefit amount varies depending on enrollment status. Benefits end 10 years from the date of your last discharge or release from active duty.

What am I required to submit to my school?

  • Copy of your Certificate of Eligibility from the Veterans Administration
  • Copy of your DD-214
  • Change of Program Form (if you recently attended another college or university)

FAQs:

What is the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to 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.

How do I apply for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Complete and submit the application form available online, and you will receive written notification explaining VA's decision regarding your eligibility for the program. If you are eligible, your Certificate of Eligibility will also advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Remember, to receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  • You must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate of 100% under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).
  • The school must be a participant in the Yellow Program.
  • The school must have not offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals stated in their participation agreement.
  • The school must certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon program information.

What is Concordia-Chicago's full process for students receiving military educational benefits?

Download the process document (PDF).

Where can I find additional information about education benefits?

Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

What scholarships and/or grants are available?

Utilize the Military Scholarship Finder, a scholarship search engine just for military students. You will be able to search for a variety of scholarships and grants just for the military community. 

Additionally, Illinois AMVETS is offering scholarships to Illinois veterans. Award amounts will vary and are based on eligible funding each year. Scholarships can be applied toward books, housing expenses, school fees and tuition. Scholarship applications are available on the Illinois AMVETS website.