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.

All qualifying students are required to submit a Military Benefits Data Form for ALL benefit programs.
   •  2017-2018 Military Data Form

Our institution is approved by both the Illinois and the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs 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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Contact & Hours

The Veterans Resource Center is located in the B-Building, Room 280.
The hours of operation are as follows:
Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Veterans Coordinator:
Toni Neals, Coordinator / Welcome Center
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3731
tonineals@triton.edu

 

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Attendance Verification

Students using chapters 30, 1606, and 1607 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 www.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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Credit for Military Service

Triton College awards credit for military training deemed equal to specific courses in a program of study. This may include hours awarded for the completion of basic training. To obtain this credit, veterans must submit a copy of their DD-214 to the Admission and Records Office along with a General Petition Form to request an evaluation (available at the Welcome Center (Student Center, B Building)). It takes approximately three weeks for the evaluation process to be completed.

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Additional Resources

   • Veterans Educational Benefits and Student Resources
   • Military Transfer Credit Procedure
   • Accredited Online Schools & Colleges

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Veterans Contact Information

Certifying Officials
Ruby Hilker (Veteran Last Name A-L)
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3651
rubyhilker@triton.edu  

Nicole LaCognata (Veteran Last Name M-Z)
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3531
nicolelacognata@triton.edu

Office Location: Room B-160

Hours
Monday & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For More Information ISAC.org
  → Go to ISAC gift assistance programs
Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
United States Department of Veterans' Affairs GI Bill
  1-888-442-4551
Military.com
About.com: U.S. Military
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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