How to Get Started for Veterans

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Get Admitted
    Submit the general admissions application. The $20 admission fee is waived for veterans only, not their dependents. Ask about the promotion code to waive this fee by calling (630) 942-2380.

  2. Submit Your High School Transcript
    Ask your high school to send your official transcript through an electronic transcript exchange or by mailing it to: College of DuPage, Office of Student Records, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

  3. Apply for Veteran Educational Benefits
    Federal Benefits (Chapters 33, 30, 31, 35, 1606 and 1607)
    You can complete your application at or mail in your application to Central VA Regional Processing Office, PO Box 66830, St. Louis, MO 63166-6830.

    State Benefits (IVG, ING or MIA/POW)
    You may apply for the Illinois Veterans Grant through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission webpage.

    You may apply for the Illinois National Guard Grant through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission webpage. FYI Guard members: If you apply for ING, 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

  4. Submit the Educational Benefit Declaration Form and Your Certificate of Eligibility
    The Educational Benefit Declaration form is available in the Office of Veterans Services. You must provide a copy of your Federal VA Education 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.

  5. 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. Our Title IV school code is 006656.

  6. 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

  7. Take Placement Tests
    Students with an ACT Composite score of 20 or higher meet the College's reading and writing requirements. Submit your ACT score report to the Office of Student Records at or by fax (630) 942-3693.

    Placement testing in the area of reading, writing and math are given to students to determine appropriate course placement and satisfy course prerequisites. For more information including locations and hours of operation visit the Testing Center webpage. 

  8. Transfer Coursework
    If you have attended another regionally accredited college or university, regardless of whether you used your VA Education Benefit at another institution, you will need to complete the transcript evaluation process at College of DuPage. This includes your military transcripts.

    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.

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

  10. 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 a Student Educational Plan for achieving your educational goals and help you develop success strategies for academic success. Beat the rush and schedule a time with a counselor in advance. Contact them today at (630) 942-2259 or

  11. Register/Select a Payment Option
    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: All College of DuPage students are required to pay their account in full or sign up for one of our payment plans at time of registration. If your account is not paid in full at time of registration or you have not enrolled in a payment plan, you will be dropped from your classes for the amount owed. Enroll in the Deferred Payment Plan through your myACCESS account. For detailed information, see Payment Information or contact the Cashier's Office at (630) 942-2206.

  12. Submit the Veteran's Educational Benefit Certification Request Form
    The Veteran's Educational Benefit Certification Request form should be submitted to the Veterans Services Office as soon as you register for courses.

  13. 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.

  14. 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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