Veterans Services

Veterans Information and Educational Benefits

Triton College is committed to a supportive lifelong learning environment empowering individuals personally, professionally and culturally to contribute to a global community. In this same spirit, we recognize the service of Veterans towards our country as well as their presence within our student community. Whether you are a new student, returning student, or deployed on active duty, we can assist you and your eligible dependents, as you begin your education.


VA Benefits & Enrollment Checklist

Please click HERE for enrollment steps. If interested in receiving VA benefits at Triton, please fill out the Military Data Form each year and send it to your Veterans Representative. If seeking additional financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

All qualifying students are required to submit a Military Benefits Data Form for ALL benefit programs.

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Contact

Vet Rep/School Certifying Official (SCO):
April Sharelis

(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3616
aprilsharelis@brianbarnhill-art.com
Last Names (A-M)
 
School Certifying Official (SCO):
LaTanya Walls
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3531
latanyawalls@brianbarnhill-art.com
Last Names (N-Z)

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Credits Awarded for Military Courses and Transfer Credits

If you have previously earned college credit, all prior credit must be reported to the Veterans Specialist and the Records office. Courses completed in military training may also be accepted for college credit. To be awarded additional credits, eligible veterans or military personnel must submit their military transcript to the Records Office in the Student Center, Room B-220. Military transcripts may be obtained via the sites listed below.

Army, Marine, Navy and Cost Guard - http://jst.doded.mil/official.html

Air Force - http://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Barnes/CCAF/

In addition, the College follows the recommendation of the American Council on Education in granting four (4) semester hours of undergraduate credit in physical education and two (2) credit hours in health for education received in Basic Training. To obtain this credit, veterans must submit their DD-214 indicating basic training has been completed and sign a general petition form to their Veteran Specialist at Triton College. It takes approximately three weeks for the evaluation process to be completed.

Military Credits Table

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Educational Benefits

Our institution is approved by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs State Approving Agency to process the following educational benefits for qualifying students:

Illinois Programs

Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG)

Illinois National Guard Grant (ING)

MIA/POW Scholarship Grant

Federal Programs

Montgomery GI Bill ® (Chapter 30)

Post 9/11 GI Bill ® (Chapter 33)

Montgomery GI Bill ® – Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606)

Montgomery GI Bill ® – Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Tuition Assistance (administered through our Bursar’s Office)

Other Program

National Military Family Association

MilitaryScholar.org

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Attendance Verification

Students using chapters 30 and 1606 must verify enrollment once per month. Your enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using the Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by calling the toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at (877) 823-2378.

The WAVE and IVR systems do not update account information instantly. Please allow up to 2-3 workdays for the systems to reflect updates to your account.

Payments by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer are strongly encouraged. Payments are sent directly to your savings or checking account. To enroll, click on the "Direct Deposit Enrollment Form" link after you have logged into WAVE.

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Veterans Financial Aid

Service members are also eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://fafsa.gov.

Note: Both military benefits and financial aid, if granted, may be utilized during the same semester provided:

  1. The student is in good standing as determined by Triton College’s Standards of Academic Progress
  2. No existing regulations preclude the use of both awards

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Resources Links

Scholarship Information:
AMVETS Scholarships
VA Mortgage Center.com Scholarship
SVA (Student Veterans of America) Scholarship Directory

Employment Resources:
Recruit Military
Hire Veterans
Hire a Hero
Federal Jobs Search Engine

National Resources:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Student Veterans of America (SVA)
Accredited Online Schools & Colleges

Additional Resources:
Veterans Educational Benefits and Student Resources
Military Transfer Credit Procedure

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VA Contact Information

For More Information on Illinois program  → Go to ISAC gift assistance programs at ISAC.org
Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
United States Department of Veterans' Affairs GI Bill  (1-888-442-4551)
Military.com
Military Student Aid
Student Veterans of America
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
Veteran Center Services of America
Transfer Guide: Understanding Military Credit
Illinois Department of VA Bonus Payment eBenefits

This tool has been made available for wounded and ill Service Members, Veterans and their families. It provides access to thousands of services and resources at the national, state, and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and the community reintegration of Veterans. Benefits, Education, Employment, Health and Housing are just a few of the resources available on this site.

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VA Pending Payment Compliance and Consumer Information Disclosure

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding
  • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Provide the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class
  • Provide a completed Military Data Form
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies
  • Please review the Consumer Information Disclosure that has the VA Shopping Sheet

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