Harper College

First time using Veterans benefits at Harper


Use this checklist if this is the first time you are using Veterans benefits at Harper College. Please submit all requested documents to the One Stop, Room A250, onestop@harpercollege.edu or fax to 847.925.6928.  

Review Essential Information for Veterans

Apply for Admissions (Fee Waiver Application is Available through Admissions Outreach)

  • An application fee waiver fee is available through Admissions.

Submit all Official College Transcripts

Submit DD214* (Service 2 or Member-4 copy)

  • Complete only if your federal benefits application is in process. If using a DD214 for eligibility, you must also submit confirmation that you applied for your benefit.

Apply for VA Education Benefits

Explore your Eligibility for Additional Financial Assistance (optional)

Provide Copies of All Certificates of Eligibility for any Benefit(s)

  • If you are using the Illinois National Guard Grant, you are required to reapply for the benefit and we require a new Certificate of Eligibility every academic year.

Meet with an Academic Advisor and Create an Academic Plan

Submit the Online Veterans Enrollment Confirmation (VEC) form

Register for Classes

  • You may register for classes before or after your VEC is submitted, however, you must be registered in order to have your education benefits certified.

Payment Commitment

  • Students that utilize tuition-specific benefits will NOT need to arrange payment methods at time of registration, however, there may still be an outstanding balance for which the student is financially responsible. Those utilizing Veterans benefits not listed below will be responsible for committing to a payment method at time of registration:
    • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®
    • Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment
    • Chapter 35 Dependents Education Assistance 
    • Illinois Veterans Grant
    • Illinois National Guard Grant
    • MIA/POW Scholarship
    • Military Tuition Assistance

Required Disclosures


If you need assistance or would like to speak with a Veterans expert, please contact the One Stop, Building A, Room A250, 847.925.6710, onestop@harpercollege.edu.

* If we use your DD214 in place of a certificate of eligibility and you are deemed not eligible for educational benefits, you will be financially responsible for any balance accrued with the college. This may also include out-of-district fees that were originally waived due to the benefit you claimed.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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Last Updated: 2/13/24