Financial Aid: Veteran Benefits
If you are a veteran of U.S. 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 Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
- The Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
- The Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31)
- The Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1606)
- The Post 9/11 GI Bill, including the Yellow Ribbon Program
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 2012–13 academic year, eligible veterans admitted and enrolled in a degree program at SAIC received a maximum of $2,500 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 2012–13 academic year, the VA matching funds was a maximum of $2,500 at SAIC.
To determine your eligibility for veteran's benefits, you visit the VA website at gibill.va.gov, or contact them at 1.888.GIBILL1 (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.
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.