We’d be happy to tell you more about applying to Elmhurst University as a military service member or veteran.

Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most often; if you have additional questions, contact us.

No, you can apply to the University at no cost.

Elmhurst accepts all federal VA educational programs.

You must contact the VA to determine your eligibility for benefits. You can find more information at the VA Education & Training website or by calling the GI Bill® hotline at 1 (888) GI-BILL-1 (1 (888) 442-4551).

The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between the VA and the University to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill® entitlement.

To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate (100%) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®
  • You must not be on active duty or a spouse using transferred entitlement while your spouse is on active duty
  • Child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate*

For more information, please visit the VA Yellow Ribbon Program website.

You can submit your Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy transcripts through the Joint Services Transcript website. Air Force transcripts can be requested through the Community College of the Air University/CCAF website.

Transcripts can be sent electronically to [email protected] or via traditional mail to:

Office of Admission
Elmhurst University
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Note: If you are applying to the Distance Accelerated BSN or the Distance Master’s Entry in Nursing Practice online programs, please send official electronic transcripts to [email protected]. Please confirm the receiving address when ordering, as many sending institutions have default email addresses in their systems. If sent to any other Elmhurst University email address, there may be a delay in processing the documents.

Eligible service members may be able to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to spouses and dependents. For more information, please refer to the VA GI Bill® transfer website. Additionally, dependents and spouses of a service member who died in the line of duty, died as a result of a service-connected disability while on active duty, or is permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected condition may be eligible for educational benefits.

For more information, please see the VA Survivors and Dependents Assistance website.

No, this program is only available to Illinois public institutions and community colleges.

Yes. You are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships when you apply to Elmhurst University. If you are awarded any scholarships, you can accept them along with VA educational benefits.

Yes. You may apply for financial aid without any impact on your VA education benefits. To apply for financial aid, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

New claims typically take eight to 10 weeks for the VA to process. It may take longer, depending on current processing volume.

To avoid delays or overpayment of VA education benefits, each VA benefit recipient is responsible for reporting any changes in status to the VA Certifying Official at Elmhurst University, including:

  • Change of address
  • Change of program or schedule
  • Change in enrollment status (for instance, if you drop from full-time attendance to part-time)
  • Withdrawal from the University

You may contact the Elmhurst University VA Certifying Official via the Office of Student Financial Services at (630) 617-3015.

Veterans and service members using the Post-9/11 GI Bill® can obtain this information at the eBenefits website. Dependents, spouses and recipients of all other GI Bill® benefits must call the GI Bill® Hotline at 1 (888) 442-4551 to receive an updated status of their remaining eligibility.

Please complete the Call to Active Duty Appeal Form.

In accordance with Illinois Statute (330 ILCS 60/5.2), students who are called to active military service have the right to receive a refund of tuition and fees applicable to their registration when called to duty for a period of seven or more consecutive days.

Note that students with Title IV financial aid who withdraw due to active duty military orders are still subject to Return to Title IV calculation procedures. This may lead to a portion of your federal financial unearned aid being sent back to the Department of Education, which could result in a balance owed to the school. For more information on Return to Title IV calculations and procedures, email [email protected] or call 630-617-3558.

To withdraw, you must complete the Withdrawal Form through Registration and Records. For assistance, contact [email protected] or 630-617-3250

If you don’t see your question here, please feel free to contact us at Elmhurst University. You may also contact the VA directly using the GI Bill® Frequently Asked Questions website.

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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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