Veterans & Servicemembers- Educational Benefits

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 servicemembers through multiple GI Enhancement Programs, (including the GI Bill® ). "GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at"

There are many types of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits available to veterans and servicemembers in the United States Armed Forces. To learn more about your eligibility, please visit the VA website. 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: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  • 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 legible for additional benefits through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Additional information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill is available online.

Below is an example of how benefits may be applied for traditional undergraduate students. However, benefits may be applicable to students in all of our graduate and degree-completion programs. 

Benefits Example from Post-9/11 GI Bill

  • Tuition and Fees: The VA will pay a maximum amount of $26,042.81. Students eligible for the maximum VA benefits may be eligible 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 so that those limited finds can assist additional students. For students who receive the Illinois Map Grant, that grant can only be used for tuition charges. Thus, 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.

For more information about your benefits visit GI Bill Comparison Tool.

Who is Eligible?

The amount of active-duty service determines the maximum percentage of benefit eligibility:
Active-Duty Service after 9/10/01 % of Maximum Benefit Payable
36+ months 100% and eligible for Yellow Ribbon
30+ continuous days & discharged due to service-connected disability 100% and eligible for Yellow Ribbon
30 months, but less than 36 months 90
24 months, but less than 30 months 80
18 months, but less than 24 months 70
12 months, but less than 18 months 60
6 months, but less than 12 months


90 days, but less than 6 months


*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 is happy to participate 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 represented. These benefits will replace merit scholarships. 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. 

Yellow Ribbon Program Benefits Example
Type of aid Scholarship
Olivet Nazarene University Tuition (based on 21-22) $37,440.00
Less: Post-9/11 GI Bill $26,042.82
Less: Olivet Nazarene Yellow Ribbon Waiver $5,698.60
Less: VA Yellow Ribbon Program Match $5,698.60
Amount Student Owes $0.00
Costs this aid can cover Tuition and mandatory fees


Who Qualifies?

Individuals who meet one of the following standards:

  • Served an aggregate period of at 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
  • Are 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 spouses and 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 VONAPP.

Once approved, the suppose or dependent child will need to submit his/her Certificate of Eligibility and a copy of the Service Member's DD214 (if applicable) to Olivet Nazarene University. 

Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, post-9/11 veterans may attend Olivet Nazarene University without incurring the cost of tuition!


All questions about benefits for veterans should be directed to the Financial Aid Director, Greg Bruner.

Phone: (815) 939-5249

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All questions regarding benefits for veterans should be directed to the Financial Aid Director, Greg Bruner