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Veteran and Military Students

For over 50 years, College of DuPage has provided educational resources to veterans, members of our armed forces and their families. We consider it an honor that you are considering COD as your institution of higher learning.

As a veteran on campus, you'll have access to all of the resources you need to succeed in community college. Our Veterans Services office is available to help you with everything from campus tours and new student orientation sessions exclusively for veterans to referrals for local community resources. Our Student Veterans of America chapter, College of DuPage Veterans Association, strives to create a welcoming and inviting community for all.

Use Your Education Benefits and Enroll Today

Submit the general admissions application. The $20 admission fee is waived for veterans. Ask about the promotion code to waive this fee by calling (630) 942-2626 or emailing admissions@cod.edu.

Federal benefits (Chapters 33, 30, 31, 35 and 1606)

State benefits

Other Education Benefits (TA and MyCAA)

All students receiving military education benefits are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress according to College of DuPage established requirements. Please familiarize yourself with the rules associated with the benefit you are using.

You must provide a copy of your 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.

If you have already been approved for the Illinois Veterans Grant or Illinois National Guard Grant, you may review remaining entitlement on the ISAC website. Learn More

Please also submit your DD214 with your social security number redacted and email both to veterans@cod.edu.

You are asked to complete the FAFSA 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. College of DuPage's Title IV school code is 006656.

Reading, writing and math placement tests are administered to determine appropriate course placement and satisfy course prerequisites. For more information including locations and hours of operation, visit the Testing Center webpage. Placement should be complete before meeting with a Counselor/Advisor.

If you have attended another regionally accredited college or university, you will need to complete the transcript evaluation process at College of DuPage. This includes your military transcripts. Visit the Office of Student Records webpage for more information.

All reviews must be completed before enrollment information will be forwarded to the VA. You can mail official transcripts to: College of DuPage, Office of Student Records, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

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 an Educational Plan and help you develop success strategies. Call (630) 942-2259 to schedule an appointment with a counselor.

Register for Classes

Register for classes through the portal at inside.cod.edu 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.

Pay Tuition

Students utilizing veteran or dependent education benefits are eligible to enroll in a deferred payment plan. Enrollment into the deferred payment plan prevents a student's classes from being dropped for non-payment until:

  1. The student's education benefit covers the cost of tuition and fees
  2. The student covers the cost of tuition and/or fees by the designated installment dates. Not all veteran education benefits cover the full cost of tuition or fees. Please understand your financial obligations prior to enrolling in the deferred payment plan. You may contact Veterans Services at (630) 942-3814 if you have any questions.

This form is required each semester for all students utilizing military education benefits. Veteran Benefit Certification Request Form is located at inside.cod.edu under myACCESS > myACCESS for students > Miscellaneous

Student Orientation (NSO) is an exciting introduction to everything College of DuPage has to offer. NSO is held before Fall and Spring terms.

Now that you are enrolled, make sure you take full advantage of all the resources available to you as a student of College of DuPage.

Contact Information

Veterans Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225
(630) 942-3814
Email: veterans@cod.edu
Fax: (630) 942-4991