Financial Aid and Military Benefits
The College offers a variety of need- and merit-based financial aid programs, including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment to assist the student in paying for an Elmhurst College education.
Elmhurst College participates in all applicable federal programs for veterans, service persons and their dependents. We encourage all who are potentially eligible for these benefits to apply.
However, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or other agency, as appropriate, makes the final determination of eligibility. For more information on veteran eligibility for educational benefits, please visit the VA website.
Elmhurst College does not participate in the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) or Illinois National Guard Grant (ING). IVG and ING are only available at Illinois public institutions.
All veterans new to Elmhurst College must complete the VA Education Benefits Enrollment form.
For more information about enrollment certification for VA benefits at Elmhurst College, please contact the School Certifying Official Kathy Maxwell at (630) 617-3079.
Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits (Chapter 33)
Effective Aug. 1, 2018, eligible veterans may receive the following educational benefits.
- VA will pay the claimant’s benefits percentage up to a limit of $23,671.94 per academic year to the certifying school.
- The Yellow Ribbon Program may be utilized for eligible students who are at the 100% benefit level to pay for tuition and fees above the yearly cap
- Paid to the student by the VA based on the Basic Allowance for Housing of the zip code in which the college is located
- The current full monthly rate for Elmhurst College students is $2,036.00.
- Monthly housing allowances are prorated on the rate of pursuit rounded to the nearest multiple of 10
- The rate of pursuit must be more than 50% for all veterans receiving Chapter 33 housing benefits
- Students solely enrolled in distance learning will receive a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all basic housing allowances
- Paid to the student
- $41.67 per credit certified up to 24 credits, or up to $1,000 per year
The Post 9/11 GI Bill also includes a provision that a school may voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to pay some of the tuition and fees charges that are not covered under Chapter 33. Elmhurst College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and will accept an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon students.
- The VA will match each additional dollar funded by the school
- The combined amounts may not exceed the full cost of the school’s tuition and fees charged
Elmhurst College and the VA will each contribute up to $11,000 per academic year. Only individuals entitled to the 100 percent benefit rate (based on service of 36 months or more) may receive funding from Yellow Ribbon.
More information and updates to the program will be posted on the GI Bill website.
Military Spouses and Dependents
Military spouses and dependents who are eligible for VA and DOD educational benefits can apply them toward their education at Elmhurst College. The following VA and DOD benefits may be used at Elmhurst College:
- Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
- Dependents Educational Assistance Program
For more information on these benefits, please visit the VA spouses, dependents and survivors website. For more information on how these benefits can be applied at Elmhurst College, contact the School Certifying Official Kathy Maxwell at (630) 617-3079.