UIC Liautaud Welcomes US Military Veterans

Each year, the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business is proud to welcome a diverse pool of talented candidates to our programs, including veterans of the US Military. Hear what James Brendel, 2008 MBA alumnus and former Black Hawk pilot for the U.S. Army, has to say about his experience with UIC Liautaud and watch this brief video clip.

As a military-friendly university, we participate in a number of programs, benefits, and scholarships designed specifically for military personnel including:

Illinois Veteran Grant

The Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) pays tuition and fees for either undergraduate or graduate study at all Illinois public colleges and universities. Recipients may use their grant assistance up to a maximum of 120 eligibility units. The IVG covers resident tuition and mandatory fees (this excludes refundable fees). The IVG does not cover University housing costs. Students must submit a copy of their eligibility letter to the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) prior to the term deadline established by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) in order for the funds to be applied to their student account.

Illinois National Guard Grant

Enlisted officers or company grade officers of Illinois National Guard Units with one or more years of service may be eligible for payment of tuition at state universities and colleges in Illinois through the Illinois National Guard Grant (INGG). Other grants administered by Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) may be used in conjunction with the INGG, but may not replace the INGG. Recipients may use their grant assistance up to a maximum of 120 eligibility units. Applications must be submitted annually and is available from ISAC.

Post-9/11 Educational Benefits

The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 was signed into law in early January 2011. Depending on a veteran's eligibility level, benefits include:

     - Payment up to 100% public in-state tuition & fees

     - A monthly basic allowance for housing (BAH) at the E-5 with dependents level

     - An annual books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year

Veterans can estimate the benefits they may be entitled to using the New GI Bill website's Benefits Calculator. The UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business encourages veterans to contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for an official determination of their eligibility. For full details, visit the Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 GI Bill website.

MIA/POW Scholarship

The MIA/POW Scholarship is available to dependents of Illinois veterans who are/were prisoners of war, declared missing in action, deceased, or have 100 percent service connected disability. You may request more eligibility information or an application from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Child of Veteran Tuition Waiver

The Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is a four-year consecutive in state waiver at the University of Illinois to natural or legally adopted children of service members who are veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The following are limitations to the Child of Veterans Waiver:

     - One tuition wavier will be given per county, per war.

     - A candidate must be a permanent resident of the Illinois County from which he/she applies.

     - The tuition waiver covers in state tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at the University of Illinois.

     - Students must complete the application by March 1 proceeding the academic year for which they are applying.

     - Applications will become available each December 1st. Applicants will be notified by April 1st. Please be aware all application materials for UIC are all reviewed by the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) in Urbana-Champaign and materials must be submitted accordingly.


For a detailed description of each of these benefits and scholarships, visit go.uic.edu/veteran  or visit us at an upcoming info session. Our fall deadline for applications is May 15, so now is the time to connect with us now if you plan to apply to UIC Liautaud this year.