•  Financial Aid

    Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

    Administered by the Federal Government, Office of Veterans Affairs

    What is it?
    Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, is an educational benefit program established to help veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs. It is a program that pays for: eligible tuition, fees and materials; and can be used for 12 years before expiring. 

    To qualify:
        • Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable.
        • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%.
        • Submit a completed application for VR & E services. 

    To apply:
    A veteran must have an evaluation done by the VA. Contact your regional VA Office for more information: 

    Chicago Regional Office

    2212 W. Taylor St.
    Chicago, IL 60612
    1-800-827-1000 

    Also required:
       → Complete the Military Benefits Data Form and return it to the Financial Aid office. Download and review the Responsibilities & Checklist for your records.

    Now what?
    Once your initial evaluation is completed, and you have met with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to determine your academic goals, our office should receive a copy of your Certification paperwork. VR Counselors often fax or mail this paperwork to us. 

    Once all the paperwork has been reviewed by our office and your status as 
    a student in good standing* has been confirmed, we will certify your classes. Payments will be sent directly to you, the student.

    For more information:  www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

    * In order to be eligible to receive benefits a student must:
        1. Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
        2. Complete 67% of all credits attempted with a grade of C or higher. 
            [Grades of W count against your average, will be reported to the appropriate VA agency, and may 
            result in an overpayment of benefits for which the student, alone, will be responsible to repay.]

        3. Have completed a formal academic evaluation of all previous college credit, towards the degree 
            which they are pursuing at Triton College, within two semesters of attendance. 


    Information as of 10/2009