ECC Is Veteran-Friendly
Thank you for your military service! Whether you are starting college for the first-time or re-entering college, ECC welcomes veterans home to a great college experience. Expect personalized attention to help you select a program of study which incorporates the skills you learned in the military with work in a field you enjoy.
Why should veterans choose ECC?
ECC ranks as a military-friendly school according to G.I. Jobs Magazine for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. ECC provides a quality education, with flexible scheduling and course delivery options which fit your lifestyle. ECC focuses our educational programs on courses of study and majors which are in-demand in the workforce. This is key to your success in making the transition from military career - to college student -to a candidate that employers are looking to hire.
- Affordable tuition, a fraction of the cost charged by public universities, private colleges and technical institutes. Compare tuition costs.
- Close to home–less travel time means more time for family and/or a job, to study or to take more courses. View our campus locations.
- Personalized support services to minimize distractions outside of class.
- First-rate instruction in transfer and career-technical education to fit your educational goals.
- In-district tuition at almost 30 other community colleges if ECC doesn’t have the program of study you seek.
- Flexible learning options to study and attend classes when it’s convenient for you.
- A safe campus and secure learning environment.
- Small classes and attentive teachers whose first priority is teaching not publishing, not researching.
- Has an established veterans support team which serves our military students.
- Marines Corps toys for tots participation: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
Student Veteran-Focused Services
- Designated veteran coordinator on staff - Anitra King, veteran and student success specialist. Located in Building B, Career Development Services Office, Room B120. Call 847-214-7531 or email email@example.com.
- Assists with:
- Academic guidance and support needed to make the most of your educational experience
- Helps with requesting your military transcripts for evaluation
- In-processing veterans orientation
- Career planning (for decided and undecided student veterans)
- Job-search assistance:
- Resume and cover letter writing
- Interviewing skills
- Transition and life skills
- Resources and referrals (within ECC and outside sources)
- Veteran retention
Financial Benefits for Veterans
- Designated veteran benefits specialist on staff - Samantha D'Alessandro, VA certifying official. Located in Building B, Financial Aid Office, Room B156. Call 847-214-7520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Answer questions, explains and certifies benefits (federal and state)
- Directs veterans/students to grants, loans, and scholarships
- Awards veterans/students financial aid and answer financial aid questions
Policy on Transfer Credits - For all veterans and eligible persons, an evaluation of previous education and training can be conducted. Request your military transcript at https://jst.doded.mil/. Appropriate credit is granted, and can reduce some classes you may need to take.
If you have never used your benefits, you should:
- Complete the application for benefits at benefits.va.gov/gibill.
- Complete an application for admission.
- Register for classes.
- Submit the following to the Financial Aid Office:
- Member 4 copy of your DD-214
- Eligibility letter (that you received in the mail)
- Complete request for certification of enrollment and the responsibility form.
All items must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office, Building B, Room B156, prior to the start of classes for each term you are enrolled.
Note: If you do not have the eligibility letter, please complete everything else to secure your current enrollment.
Allow 30 to 60 days from the time you complete your veteran application at benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Visit benefits.va.gov/gibill and from the resources at the bottom of that page follow these steps:
- Select 'Road Map to Success' which informs you of the possible benefitsyou may qualify for as a veteran.
- Complete a 22190 form to the VA to receive a certificate of eligibility (COE) confirming the benefits you are able to utilize at ECC.
Please contact Career Services at 847-214-7531 for assistance.
If you are starting school for the first-time, your first housing allowance benefit/ stipend may not be for the full amount because benefits start on the day you start school.
For example: If classes start August 22, your September stipend will be for thenine (9) days you actually attended in August.
IVG, ING, and Chapter 33 - Post 911 will send tuition and/or fee payments directly to the school.
- If you are not receiving 100% of tuition reimbursement from Chapter 33, you are responsible for any balance due to ECC.
- The IVG and ING will cover only tuition charges, you are responsible for all lab fees and books.
- If you are receiving other benefits, you must complete a payment plan to secure your classes for that semester, or use financial aid if you qualify or Chapter 30 benefits.
Samantha D'Alessandro, financial aid advisor & VA certifying official. She can be contacted at 847-214-7520 or email email@example.com. She is located in the Financial Aid Office, Building B, Room B156.
Verification of Enrollment Status
- Chapter 31, Chapter 32 & Chapter 33 - ECC will certify monthly that you are still enrolled. If you make any changes to your schedule, please update that information with the Financial Aid Office to avoid any overpayments or delay in receiving monthly stipends.
- Chapter 30, Chapter 35, Chapter 1606 & Chapter 1607 - You, the student, must complete the certification monthly by visiting gibill.va.gov/wave to avoid any overpayments or delay in receiving monthly stipends. By telephone only this agency is not allowing you to certify by the internet. The number to call to verify your enrollment status is 1-877-823-2378.
Anitra King, career and veterans specialist. She can be contacted at 847-214-7531, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is located in the Career Services Office, Building B, Room B120. Anitra can assist you with:
- Your application for benefits
- Questions you may have regarding your benefits
- Instructor and class issues and concerns
- Career planning
- Any other concerns you may have
- Chapter 30 - Montgomery - GI Bill - (until 1985)
- Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 32 - V.E.A.P. (Veterans Educational Assistance Program)
- Chapter 33 - Post 911
- Chapter 34 - older version of chapter 31
- Chapter 35 - Survivors’ and Dependence Educational Assistance Program
- Chapter 1606 - Montgomery Selected Reserve
- Chapter 1607 - R.E.A.P. (Reserved Educational Assistance Program)
- Illinois National Guard Program - ING
- Illinois Veteran Grant Program - IVG
POW and MIA
1-217-782-6641 (MIA/POW scholarships for spouses and dependents only).
Need more information on these benefits? Visit benefits.va.gov/gibill.
As a veteran your classes are tied to your benefits; therefore, our system will not allow you drop classes until you speak with Anitra King, career and veterans specialist. She can be contacted at 847-214-7531, or email email@example.com. She is located in the Career Services Office, Building B, Room B120.
This will assure you fully understand your benefits and avoid overpayments. Any overpayments that you receive must be paid back to the federal agency.
To complete an add/drop form and properly certify your benefits you will need to speak with Anita Nelson, financial aid advisor and VA certifying official. She can be contacted at 847-214-7520, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make good grades = keep benefits, bad grades = loss of benefits. Satisfactory academic progress is defined as the attainment of a 2.0 cumulative GPA (grade point average) which will be a grade of C or higher. It is critical to maintain satisfactory academic progress towards your degree.
Failure to make SAP
You will also need to complete an appeal for reinstatement at the Financial Aid Office, Building B, Room B156. If denied reinstatement, you will not be able to utilize benefits until you meet the guidelines.
The tuition will stay intact. However, any housing allowance and book expenses you received may have to be repaid back before you can use additional benefits.
ECC sponsors a club just for veterans - Military Branches United (MBU). Stop by the Student Life Office, Building B, Room B151 and ask about MBU, and they will have information on where and when the club meets.