If you are a veteran of US military service, or an eligible dependent under the Dependents Educational Assistance Program, you may qualify to receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for your attendance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

SAIC's Registrar and Student Financial Services Office (Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 benefits) process degree-seeking students’ applications for the VA education benefit programs below:

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Degree-granting institutions in the United States voluntarily enter into an annual agreement with the VA to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

For the 2010–11 academic year, eligible veterans admitted and enrolled in a degree program at SAIC will receive a maximum of $7,500 from the school. The actual amount of the benefit will be based on the number of credit hours taken and charged each semester. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the VA will match SAIC’s contribution to eligible veterans for each academic year that SAIC participates in the program. For the 2010–11 academic year, the VA matching funds will be a maximum of $7,500 at SAIC.

To determine your eligibility for veteran's benefits, you visit the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov, or contact them at  888.GIBILL1 (888.442.4551).

Once you have determined your eligibility, completed the VA application process, and received your certificate of eligibility, you are ready to submit your paperwork to the SAIC Certifying Officer, which is the Registrar at SAIC.

You should submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility and a copy of your DD214 along with the SAIC Veteran's Affairs Educational Benefits form to the Registrar. Upon receipt of this information, the Registrar will certify your enrollment and the Student Financial Services Office will review your financial aid package for the inclusion of your VA benefits to be used for your attendance at SAIC.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the SAIC Registrar at 312.629.6700.

AmeriCorps Education Award

Overview: AmeriCorps is a government program that offers educational benefits to people who complete a term of intensive community service in a variety of areas.  

Eligibility: Students who have worked in the AmeriCorps program may use their award toward tuition and related expenses at SAIC for both degree and nondegree courses. Students have up to seven years after their term of service has ended to claim the award.

Award amount: The award is $4,725 for a year of full-time service and is prorated for part-time.

The award will appear as anticipated aid on SAIC Self-Service, invoices, and statements. When the funds are received, they are disbursed directly to the student's account.

To use an AmeriCorps award, log on to MyAmeriCorps and complete an online payment voucher. An electronic request will be sent to the AmeriCorps representative in the SAIC Office of Student Financial Services to be certified. If approved, the request will be electronically certified, and the funds will be sent to SAIC by ACH electronic payment.