Entering a new environment can always be challenging. Especially when entering a University environment for the first time. With that, the VRC has constructed a Toolkit that can better assist you in navigating the admissions, registration, and certification process here at GSU. Please read below.

 

NEW STUDENT VETERAN AND DEPENDENT CHECKLIST / TOOLKIT

 

Please use this document to assist you in the initial steps for applying to the University, registering for classes, and connecting with your military benefits.

There are a few things that you will need to finalize the admissions process and get you accepted into the university.

* Apply to the University; either on - line or in person. The one-time $25 application for undergraduate students, $50 application fee for graduate students, and $75 fee for doctoral students is waived for all military veterans, pending proof of military service.

*Provide an official transcript from your high school (or GED program) and previously attended colleges or universities.

*Provide a copy of your DD214 (or Enlisted Records Brief) to prove military service.

*Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for education benefits: The VA will mail this to you, after completing the Veterans On Line Application (VONAPP) at www.va.gov. If you are unfamiliar with your benefits or have questions about applying, please contact me or Ms. Brenda Moore (Certifying Official) at 708-235-4482 or email her at: bmoore@govst.edu

*Submit a copy of ISAC Certificate of Eligibility (if needed) 800-899-4722

*Complete your financial aid application (www.fafsa.ed.gov) GSU School Code is: 009145.

*Complete the Joint Service Transcript Application (JST) https://jst.doded.mil/smart/. In order to receive college credit (and employment credit) for your military service, please complete the application then send the unofficial transcripts to me.

Also, I have attached another list of contacts / services specific to GSU student veterans. It could be used as an additional resource should you need additional information about services for student veterans or dependents of veterans.

Feel free to call or email Veterans Resource Center Staff at: 708-235-7597 or veterans@govst.edu

 

 Transferring into GSU

You are able to transfer into GSU if:

You have already earned your Associate degree or at least 45 college semesters hours of coursework by the start of the term for which you apply

You have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

You can obtain official transcripts for your previously attended institution(s)*

*Some programs require additional documents to apply. 

  

Tuition

Tuition can be estimated at:  http://www.govst.edu/tuition/

The Master of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree programs have tuition higher than that of our other degree programs and cannot be calculated using this estimator. Out-of-state distance learning students pay in-state tuition. Distance learning courses/degree programs may also involve fees different from those calculated above. For a complete explanation of our tuition, fees, and payment policy, please refer to the Tuition and Fees section of the Catalog.


FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

www.fafsa.gov  RMU school code: 009145

Federal Pell Grant: (Nationwide grant) $0 -$5,000 per year

Illinois MAP Grant: Illinois Monetary Award Program for Illinois residents only $0- $9,000

Addition Scholarships:  http://www.govst.edu/scholarships/

  

Additional Resources

 

Student Veterans of America Chapter located in Veterans Resource Center (VRC) Rm # A2109

The SVA is in place to assist the veteran or dependent with the transition from combat to college through camaraderie and team building. The student lead club meets monthly in the VRC and hosts relevant guest speakers, provides current veteran information, and promotes social and memorial events on-campus and in the community

Staff Advisor: James Flagg jflagg@govst.edu 

S.A.L.U.T.E – National Veterans Honor Society

GSU veterans have an opportunity to become a member of a National Honor Society recognizing those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces and excelling in their studies. Student veterans who have completed 12 credit hours or more at GSU and possesses a 3.0 GPA or above are eligible to join this prestigious group. Meetings coincide with Student Veterans Organization and VRC meetings

Facebook – Under Construction

Twitter- Under Construction

This social media forum provides a chance for real-time interaction between the student veterans of the VRC and SALUTE. It is maintained by the officers of the VRC and SALUTE.

  

Other Campus Points of Contact 

Dr. Aurelio Valente Dean of Students: 708-235-2834 avalente@govst.edu

Lisa Carra – Assistant to the Dean of Students: 708-235-2834 lcarra@govst.edu

Brenda Moore – Assistant to the Director of Financial Aid: 708-534-4480 bmoore@govst.edu

Robin Sweeney – Director of Student Affairs (Disability Services): 708-534-4508 rsweeney@govst.edu

Darcie Campos – Director of Career Services: 708-235-3974 dcampos@govst.edu

Admissions Office – 708-534-4490

Registrar’s Office – 708-534-4500

 

 

SUMMARY OF

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

(VA)

VETERAN BENEFITS

ADMINISTERED BY THE

OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID (OFA)

 

 

Vocational Rehabilitation (VOC REHAB)

Student must contact U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for an Authorization Form at 800.827.1000

 Submit signed authorization form to the OFA

VOC REHAB pays tuition, fees, books and supplies

  

Montgomery GI Bill (GI Bill)

Student completes GI Bill application each term available in the OFA

Advisor sections of the GI Bill application must be completed and signed by an Academic Advisor / Counselor

Veteran must have received an honorable discharge

Student must be degree seeking

Student must meet the grade point average (GPA) requirement as outlined in the OFA Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

VA Processing time is approximately 4-6 weeks

VA does not pay for repeated courses, courses that are not degree requirements, independent study or audit registration as outlined in the GSU Catalog

GSU does not participate in advanced payment of benefits

New first time applicants complete a “Montgomery GI Bill For First Time Applicants” and Form 22-1990

Transfer students complete a “Montgomery GI Bill For Transfer Students” and Form 22-1995

Continuing students complete a “Montgomery GI Bill For Continuing Students”

GI Bill is a monthly stipend, does not pay tuition, fees or books; except for Chapter 33

VA contact information available at 888.442.4551 or 800.827.1000 and online at www.gibill.va.gov

 

SUMMARY OF

ILLINOIS STUDENT ASSISTANCE COMMISSION

(ISAC)

VETERAN BENEFITS

ADMINISTERED BY THE

OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID (OFA)

 

Illinois National Guard Scholarship (ING)

 

Student completes application each year and mails it to Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

Contact ISAC at 800.899.4722 or online at www.collegeillinois.org or www.collegezone.com

Maximum amount of eligibility is 96 units

Student submits original letter of eligibility from ISAC each year to the OFA

The letter must list GSU and terms of eligibility

Student must notify the OFA “of their eligibility status as soon as possible, but not later than the last scheduled day of classes for the semester for which the grant is requested” (www.collegezone.com)

Student must meet the grade point average (GPA) requirement as outlined in the OFA Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy online at www.govst.edu/finaid

National Guard pays tuition, student activity and graduation fees only

Student is responsible for payment of the following fees:  audit, computer technology, career counseling, parking and walkway, strategic initiative, student center, university facilities, assessment, extended learning, library, application and transcript fees

  

Illinois Veterans Grant Scholarship (IVG)

 

Student completes initial application and mails it to Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

Contact ISAC at 800.899.4722 or online at www.collegeillinois.org or www.collegezone.com

Maximum amount of eligibility is 120 points

Student must notify the OFA “of their eligibility status as soon as possible, but not later than the last scheduled day of classes for the semester for which the grant is requested” (www.collegezone.com); continuing students should have a letter on file

Student must meet the grade point average (GPA) requirement as outlined in the OFA Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy online at www.govst.edu/finaid

Effective Fall 2005, for students enrolled in a “continuous program of study,” IVG pays tuition and both mandatory and nonmandatory fees only

Mandatory Fees include the student activity, computer technology, career counseling, strategic initiative, student center, and university facilities fees

Nonmandatory Fees are graduation and extended learning fees

However, “they will no longer receive those nonmandatory benefits when they fail to enroll for a regular school year term (fall, spring, summer), except for reasons of being called to federal active duty service” (www.collegeillinois.org)

Also, for New IVG recipients, IVG pays tuition and mandatory feesonly

All students are responsible for payment of audit, assessment, parking and walkway, library, application and transcript fees

 

Missing in Action/Prisoner of War Scholarship (MIA/POW)

 

Student completes initial application with the State of Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Eligibility determined by completion of state final processing of application, not when the applicant started the initial application

Student submits copy of MIA/POW card

 Maximum eligibility is 120 points

Student must meet the grade point average (GPA) requirement as outlined in the OFA Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy online at www.govst.edu/finaid

Effective Spring Summer 2005, MIA/POW pays tuition, student activity and graduation fees only

Student is responsible for payment of the following fees:  audit, computer technology, career counseling, parking and walkway, strategic initiative, student center, university facilities, assessment, extended learning, library, application and transcript fees

Contact State of Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 217.782.3564