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Federal Financial Aid
- Students who HAVE NOT previously received benefits may apply online at the VA website at or visit the Financial Aid Office to complete the Application for VA Education Benefits. Students who have not previously received benefits should apply by completing VA form 22-1990 (PDF)
- Students who HAVE previously received benefits must complete the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form, in person, at the Financial Aid Office. Students who have previously received benefits should apply by completing VA form 22-1995
- All students must provide a copy of their DD214 Member 4 and/or if applicable, a copy of their NOBE.
- Students must be enrolled in classes that are required for their degree program. Students will NOT be certified for courses that deviate from their program.
- Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher after every semester. Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA may result in suspension of VA benefits.
- Students using Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, and Chapter 1607 must verify their enrollment on a monthly basis before any payment can be sent. Students can verify enrollment online through the WAVE system or by phone at (877) 823-2378. Please note that monthly verification of enrollment must be done on the last day of each month of attendance.
- Students using Post 9/11 GI Bill® must be enrolled in seven credits hours or more in order to receive BAH.
Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)You may be eligible if you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Program details include:
- Expires after 15 years or after the 36 months of benefit time have been exhausted, whichever comes first.
- Pays for tuition and fees directly to the school.
- Amount of the benefit is a pre-determined percentage of eligibility established by Veterans Affairs (VA).
- Can provide a book stipend
- Can provide a basic housing allowance based on the predetermined percentage of eligibility established by the VA and the number of credit hours the student is enrolled (seven credit hours or more).
Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30)An education program that provides up to 36 months of educational benefits. Program details include:
- Provides a monthly payment to the veteran directly - no funds are paid to the school.
- Benefits expire 10 years after the student's release from active duty or after the 36 months of benefit time have been exhausted, whichever comes first.
Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606)An education program that provides benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. For more information, visit the official VA website.
Montgomery GI Bill® - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)An education benefit for eligible spouses and children of certain veterans. Program details include:
- Eligible recipients can receive up to 45 months of full-time or equivalent benefits.
- Spouses have 10 years from the date VA establishes eligibility to use the benefit.
- Surviving spouses of veterans who died while on active duty have 20 years from the date of the veteran’s death to use the benefit.
- Children may use the benefit while they are between the ages of 18 and 26.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (Chapter 31)An educational program to help veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. An evaluation of eligibility must be performed by VA in order to apply. Contact the local VA Regional Office for more information.
RequirementsApplicants to the following grants must:
- Be enrolled at an Illinois public college, university or community college
- Not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any federal or state grant
- Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of every semester
Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG)A grant that provides tuition and allowable fees at any Illinois public college, university and community college. Recipients may apply the Illinois Veteran Grant to a maximum of 120 eligibility units, the equivalent to four academic years of full-time enrollment. For eligibility requirements regarding IVG, visit the ISAC website. Eligible applicants can visit www. isac.org to apply online. You may also download the application (PDF). The application takes approximately four weeks to process. If eligible, ISAC will send a notice of eligibility. A copy of the notice must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. To apply, students should mail the completed application, along with a copy of their DD214 Member to the Illinois Student Assitance Commission (ISAC). The application takes approximately four weeks to process. If eligible, students will be mailed a letter of eligibility. A copy of the letter must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
Illinois National Guard Grant (ING)A grant that provides tuition and certain fees at any Illinois public college, university and community college. Recipients may apply the Illinois National Guard Grant to a maximum of 120 eligibility units, the equivalent to four academic years of full-time enrollment. Students must renew their eligibility for the ING academic year. For eligibility requirements regarding the ING, visit the ISAC website. An online application, must be submitted every academic year. If eligible, students will be mailed a letter of eligibility. A copy of the letter must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship GrantA grant that provides in-district tuition and certain fees. Recipients may apply the Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship Grant to a maximum of 120 eligibility units, the equivalent to four academic years of full-time enrollment. To qualify, a student must be a dependent (spouse or child) of a veteran who:
- has been declared by the Department of Defense or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be a prisoner of war or missing-in-action.
- died as the result of a service-connected disability.
- is declared 100% disabled, and was an Illinois resident at least within six months of entering the service.
Military Service CreditVeterans who have served at least one year of active duty and have been honorably discharged are eligible for four semester hours of credit in physical education to be applied to their transcripts. Additional credit may be granted for training received in certain service schools. A copy of the DD214 must be filed with the Office of Admissions and Records.
Requesting Military TranscriptsThe Joint Services Transcript (JST) will create a transcript of all military training and experience to service members from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. Members of the Air Force must obtain transcripts from the Community College of the Air Force. SMART and AARTS has been transitioned to JST.
Requesting Transcripts OnlineArmy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy Personnel can request transcripts from the Joint Services Transcript (JST) website.
Contacts at Morton CollegeFinancial Aid Veterans' Representative
Financial Aid Assistant/Certifying Official
Phone: (708) 656-8000 Ext. 2228
Office: Room 232B
FormsIllinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Application
Illinois National Guard (ING) Application
Veterans Benefit Form 2021-2022 (PDF)
Veterans Benefit Form 2020-2021 (PDF)
Application for VA Educational Benefits, VA Form 22-1990 (PDF)
Request for Change of Program or Place of Training, VA Form 22-1995
Higher Education Veteran Service Act Survey
VA Process Checklist
Federal and StateListed below are the offices to which we direct applications, claims, and any required billings. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation
VR and E Division
2122 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 980-4458 Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship Grant
Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 19432
833 S Spring St
Springfield, IL 62794-9432
Phone: (217) 782-3564 Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)
1755 Lake Cook Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (800) 899-4722 Montgomery GI Bill® Information
St. Louis Regional Processing Office
P.O. Box 66830
St. Louis, MO 63166-6830
Phone: (888) 442-4551 Direct Deposit (setup): (877) 838-2778
Self-Certification: (877) 823-2378 Verify enrollment: W.A.V.E. (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Camp Patriot - For Disabled Veterans
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
National Resource Directory
Student Veterans of America (SVA)
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA)
VET Center Program