Federal Vocational Educational Benefits for Disabled Veterans (Chapter 31)
- Illinois Veterans Grant
- Illinois National Guard Grant
- Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship
- Montgomery GI Bill Educational Benefits (Chapter 30, 33, 1606, and 1607)
- Federal Education Benefits for Dependents of Veterans (Chapter 35)
How to apply
The student must obtain VA Form 28-1900 (Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation) from www.va.gov/vaforms. Completed applications should be sent to: Department of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Box 836, Chicago, IL 63166-6830. Students may also visit the Chicago Veterans Affairs Regional Office at 2122 West Taylor St., Suite 128, Chicago, IL, 60612.
What determines eligibility
The veteran must have a service connected disability of at least 20 percent to apply. The service connected disability can be from disease or injury.
How are recipients selected
The Department of Veterans Affairs reviews the applications and makes the selection based on their guidelines
How is the amount of the award determined?
Congress determines the monthly amount of the award. The veteran must work with a Veterans Affairs Vocational Education Specialist to determine how many months of benefits and what programs the veteran can take. There is additional money each month if the student is married or has children living in their home. The student can receive benefits for half-time to full-time enrollment
How and when are the funds paid out?
The application process can take several months before the student is approved. Once approved, the student will be paid each month for the previous month's attendance.
Students receiving Chapter 31 benefits will also have all of their tuition, fees, books, and approved supplies paid by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.