How to Get Started for Veterans

Academic Requirements

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students receiving military education benefits are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress according to College of DuPage established requirements. All benefits have unique rules. Please familiarize yourself with the rules associated with the benefit you are using.

Getting Enrolled and
Using Your Education Benefits

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Get Admitted
    Submit the general admissions application. The $20 admission fee is waived for veterans. Ask about the promotion code to waive this fee by calling (630) 942-2626.

  2. Apply for Veteran Educational Benefits
    Federal Benefits (Chapters 33, 30, 31, 35, and 1606)
    You can complete your application at

    State Benefits (IVG, ING or MIA/POW)
    You may apply for the Illinois Veterans Grant by completing their online application.

    You may apply for the Illinois National Guard Grant by completing their online application. You will need to reapply every academic year to continue your eligibility.

    You may apply for the MIA/POW scholarship through the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs webpage

  3. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility
    You must provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for each benefit you wish to use. A COE should be submitted your first semester at College of DuPage and upon request from the Office of Veterans Services thereafter.

  4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    You are asked to complete the FAFSA at to determine your eligibility for additional aid. Completion of the FAFSA and subsequent awarding of aid can help defray costs when your benefits don't meet your expenses or when the VA is delayed in payments. College of DuPage's Title IV school code is 006656.

  5. Attend a Veterans Begin@COD session
    Newly admitted students should attend one of these information sessions to discuss the next steps in the enrollment and certification process. To sign up, please call Campus Central at (630) 942-3000 or email

  6. Take Placement Tests
    Reading, writing and math placement tests are administered to determine appropriate course placement and satisfy course prerequisites. For more information including locations and hours of operation, visit the Testing Center webpage. Placement should be complete before meeting with a Counselor/Advisor.  

  7. Transfer Coursework
    If you have attended another regionally accredited college or university, you will need to complete the transcript evaluation process at College of DuPage. This includes your military transcripts. Visit the Office of Student Records webpage for more information.

    The Veterans Services office will only certify one semester without a review of prior credit. All reviews must be completed before enrollment information will be forwarded to the VA for subsequent semesters. You can mail official transcripts to: College of DuPage, Office of Student Records, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

  8. Earn Credit for Your Service
    Submit your Joint Services Transcript or Community College of the Air Force transcript for review. 

  9. Develop an Educational Plan with a Student Success Counselor
    Veterans-designated Student Success Counselors will assist you in reviewing general education, degree and certificate requirements, including the transferability of courses. They will work with you to develop an Educational Plan and help you develop success strategies. Contact them today at (630) 942-2259 or contact a counselor.

  10. Register/Select a Payment Plan
    Register for classes through your myACCESS account or in person at the Office of Student Registration Services, Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2221. Phone registration assistance is available at (630) 942-2377.

    Payment: Students utilizing veteran or dependent education benefits are eligible to enroll in a deferred payment plan. Enrollment into the deferred payment plan prevents a student's classes from being dropped for non-payment until:
    1. The student's education benefit covers the cost of tuition and fees
    2. The student covers the cost of tuition and/or fees by the designated installment dates.  Not all veteran education benefits cover the full cost of tuition or fees. Please understand your financial obligations prior to enrolling in the deferred payment plan. You may contact Veterans Services at (630) 942-3814 if you have any questions.

  11. Submit a Veteran's Educational Benefit Certification Request Form
    This form is required for all students utilizing military education benefits. This form can be found in your myACCESS account. You may contact Veterans Services at (630) 942-3814 with any questions.

  12. Get your Books & Supplies
    Textbooks can be purchased 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at Web orders must be paid by credit card ONLY. For questions, contact the Follett COD Bookstore at (630) 942-2360.

  13. Get your Student Schedule
    Your printed schedule provides the location, meeting dates and times of your classes along with refund and withdrawal deadlines. You can find the schedule in your myACCESS account.


Contact Information

Veterans Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225, (630) 942-3814
Fax: (630) 942-4991 

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Veterans Lounge
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3260

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