Veterans & Active Duty
You may qualify for more than one educational benefits program.
Veteran's Education Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs and ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission) administer a variety of veteran benefit programs for education. Many veterans and active duty personnel may qualify for more than one educational benefits program.
If you would like to use your VA benefits, you must visit the Financial Aid Office and let us know you have registered for classes. If you have made changes to your class schedule, please notify Financial Aid.
Fill out this request for benefits and certification form and return to the Financial Aid Office.
Federal Veteran Education Benefits:
- The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill - Chapter 33
- Montgomery G.I. Bill - Chapter 30
- Montgomery G.I. Bill Selected Reserve - Chapter 1606
- Vocational Rehabilitation - Chapter 31
- Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance - Chapter 35
- Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)/Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB)
- Fry Scholarship
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If you are transferring to HCC from another college and have your Letter of Eligibility, you will need to complete the Change of Program or Place of Training Form.
All Chapters must fill out an application available online at www.gibill.va.gov. To ensure correct processing please provide a copy of your DD-214 and Certificate of Eligibility to the Financial Aid Office. HCC does not determine benefit eligibility or payment details, we simply certify your enrollment to the VA. All processing questions should be directed to the VA for resolution.
Please visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill for other types of Federal assistance.
State of Illinois Benefit Programs
Once your application has been processed by the State, you will receive and eligibility letter. Please forward this to the Financial Aid Office. Note: Changes in federal, state, and/or institutional policies could affect the above stated financial information.
Requesting Military Transcripts
Veterans or reservists may be eligible to receive additional transfer credit for specialized military training. One of the following applicable documents must be submitted to the Records Office to receive this credit. Unofficial copies or transcripts printed from the Internet cannot be accepted. Information describing how to obtain an official JST (formerly AARTS or SMART or Coast Guard Institute Transcript), CCAF, or Coast Guard transcript is listed below.
JST (formerly AARTS or SMART or Coast Guard Institute Transcript) - Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve: An official copy of the Joint Services Transcript request form may be obtained online at SMART- Joint Services Transcript
CCAF - Air Force: The Community College of the Air Force Transcript Request form is located at CCAF Transcript Request
National Testing Program
Advancing your education often requires costly national tests. Students can be reimbursed all required (mandatory) fees charged for national admission tests and national tests for college credit.
Check if your test qualifies for reimbursement at National Testing Program.
Higher Education Veterans Service Act Survey Result for Heartland
You may be eligible for various military waivers based on your service. To qualify, you must schedule an appointment with a representative in the Financial Aid Office using any of the following options:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 309-268-8020
- Stop in our office at CCB 1106 during business hours
Veterans Work Study
Military and Active Duty students may qualify to work a part-time job on or off campus through the VA. Please contact the Coordinator of Veterans Services at email@example.com or at (309) 268-8020 with any questions.
Making the transition from soldier to student is a lot easier when you can do it with the support of fellow veterans who are also pursuing their educations. The Center also serves as a centralized resource for the 250+ Armed Forces veterans currently attending HCC.
Career Training & Continuing Education
Special veterans waivers may be available for specific career and technical training. Contact a Veteran's Affairs representative in the Financial Aid Office to discuss your eligibility.
Waivers may currently be available for:
Additional Financial Assistance
You may be eligible for additional types of financial assistance, scholarships or other forms of aid.