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VA Benefit Overview


Students in approved programs at Northwestern University may use any VA educational benefit toward the cost of their program. Students should check with their respective program to verify its eligibility to participate in VA program benefits.

VA Educational Benefits include, but are not limited to:

VA Educational Benefits do not include the Illinois Veteran Grant or Tuition Assistance issued through the Department of Defense.

To determine which VA educational benefit is best for you and to determine your eligibility for educational programs through the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans and active duty military members should contact the GI Bill hotline at 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a VA counselor and visit the VA website.

Students must complete the 22-1990 form (application for VA educational benefits) or the 22-1995 form (request for change of program or place of training for VA educational benefits) through VA listing Northwestern University as their place of study.

Once a student has submitted the appropriate application through VA and has received his/her certificate of eligibility (COE), he/she should submit a copy of the COE to the program Registrar and their financial aid office so his/her enrollment may be verified with VA.

Students are responsible for completing any necessary steps as directed by VA to ensure that Northwestern receives the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill tuition payment and the VA’s portion of the Yellow Ribbon payment. Please refer to the Certificate of Eligibility or call 1-888-GIBILL1 (442-4551) to verify that you have completed all necessary steps with the VA.

VA Pending Payments

In accordance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 - Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), Northwestern employs the following provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. The University will not:

 However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

Post 9-11 GI Bill VA Benefits-Tuition and Mandatory Fees

For all students who are eligible for the post 9-11 GI Bill® VA Benefits on or after August 1, 2018, the maximum Post 9-11 GI Bill benefit amount awarded (tuition and fees) is based on:

Once certification has been submitted to VA by Northwestern's certifying official, payment will be issued after U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs processes the student's enrollment certification. Processing times will vary. For information on when payments will be issued, Veterans must contact the GI Bill hotline at 888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551).

VA Educational Benefits and Financial Aid

Veterans may apply for financial aid in addition to their VA benefits. Receipt of federal aid will not reduce a Veteran's eligibility for VA educational benefits.

Federal (Title IV) aid includes:

VA benefits will not reduce a student's eligibility for federal aid though it is recommended that Veterans take into account the amount of funding they receive from the VA when accepting or declining their federal loan assistance. Veterans may contact an advisor in the Office of Financial Aid if they need assistance in determining the amount of loan funding they should accept or decline.

Non-Federal (Title IV) Aid

Non-federal assistance may or may not impact VA benefits. Please be sure to reach out to the appropriate financial aid contact to determine the impact of any other tuition benefit, outside scholarship or state grant you may be receiving.

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 web site at

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