Educational Benefits for Veterans & Service Members
America’s finest deserve to attend one of “America’s Best Colleges.” That’s why Olivet is proud to offer additional assistance to veterans and active duty service members through multiple GI Enhancement Programs, (including the GI Bill® ).
You may qualify
Educational Benefits for Veterans and Service Members
There are many types of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits available to veterans and service members in the United States Armed Forces. To learn more about your eligibility, please visit the VA website or contact your Education Services Officer (ESO) at 888-442-4551. Along with the Chapter 33 benefits (Post 9/11) outlined below, students may qualify for other benefits that include:
- Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty
- Chapter 31: Veteran Readiness
- Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
- Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
Post-9/11 GI Bill®
Veterans who served a minimum of 90 days active duty after September 11, 2001 (or 30 continuous days and were discharged due to a service-connected disability), are eligible for education benefits under the Post-911 GI Bill® and may be eligible for additional benefits through the Yellow Ribbon Program.
The following information reflects amounts for traditional undergraduate students, however, benefits may be applicable to students in all of our graduate and degree-completion programs.
For more information about your benefits use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool.
Tuition and Fees
The VA will pay a maximum amount of $27,120.05. Students eligible for the maximum VA benefits under chapter 33 may qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, which could cover all additional costs over the annual maximum. Receipt of 100% VA educational benefits may result in an adjustment of institutional scholarships and grant aid. For students who receive the Illinois MAP Grant, a tuition only grant, the amount of the grant will be subtracted from tuition charges before the VA education benefits are applied.
Monthly Housing Allowance
This amount is based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) calculations. The monthly housing allowance is paid directly to the student after enrollment verification.
Annual Stipend for Books and Supplies
A maximum amount of $1,000 per year based on enrollment during the academic year.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
*The VA will make the final determination of your percentage of maximum benefits payable for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Olivet participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program). A provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, this program provides matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
How it Works
After the Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefit is applied to those at the 100% benefit level, Olivet Nazarene University will offer assistance for half of the remaining tuition and the VA will match this amount. This allows qualified students to attend Olivet Nazarene University tuition-free.
The Yellow Ribbon Program covers tuition and mandatory fees. Other fees (parking, lab fees, etc.) are not included. These benefits will replace institutional scholarship grants. Yellow Ribbon recipients will also receive a monthly housing allowance and an annual stipend for books and supplies which are both sent from the VA directly to the student. Students who are eligible for the Illinois MAP Grant will have those funds applied before the GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon funds.
Program Benefits (Example)
|Type of aid||Scholarship|
|Olivet Nazarene University Tuition (based on 22-23)||$37,940.00|
|Less: Post-9/11 GI Bill||$27,120.05|
|Less: Olivet Nazarene Yellow Ribbon Waiver||$5,409.98|
|Less: VA Yellow Ribbon Program Match||$5,409.97|
|Amount Student Owes||$0.00|
|Costs this aid can cover||Tuition and mandatory fees|
Individuals who meet one of the following criteria:
- Served an aggregate period of at least 36 months after September 11, 2001
- Honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 11, 2001
- Dependents eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
Transfer of Entitlement
The Department of Defense offers members of the Armed Forces the opportunity to transfer Chapter 33 Benefits to their spouse and/or dependent children. After the transfer has been approved, the spouse or child must apply with the VA before they can begin to receive Chapter 33 benefits. The application VA Form 22-1009e can be completed online through va.gov/education/how-to-apply/.
Once approved, the spouse or dependent child will need to submit his/her Certificate of Eligibility to Olivet Nazarene University.