Veterans Financial Information

Oakton is committed to helping veterans obtain educational benefits through various programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

Policies and Procedures

Various government regulations require adherence to a strict set of procedures.

  • To ensure that an educational benefits claim is processed on time, please  
    submit all requested information AT THE SAME TIME.
  • To continue receiving veterans benefits at Oakton, complete the online Military Benefit Request form or download it from the VA education benefits web page each semester after registering.
  • Be sure to submit any additional required documentation directly to the Enrollment Center.

Copies of the DD-214 Member 4 must accompany your application if this is the first time you are applying for veterans benefits.

Educational claims are processed through the Department of Veterans Affairs office in St. Louis, Missouri. The DVA will notify you of your benefit entitlement in approximately six to eight weeks. You should begin to receive GI Bill benefits approximately eight to 10 weeks after classes begin.

Benefit entitlement is approved only for those courses required to complete an Oakton degree. Every 30 days, enrollment is checked and changes impacting your eligibility for benefits are reported to the DVA.

Changes to Schedule or Program

Contact the financial aid advisor before making any changes to your schedule or program. The DVA requires that all academic programs be approved before you can receive any VA benefits. After the GI Bill Certification has been submitted, do not make changes during that semester to your program of study.

To change your program of study, complete VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Study. Forms are available in the Enrollment Center, Room 1860 (Des Plaines) and Room A100 (Skokie) or on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Contact Us

We're here to support you navigate these processes. Reach out to us at:

Oakton Veterans Representatives

Alexis Alvarez
Veterans Certifying Official

Elizabeth Gilbert
Veterans Certifying Official

Cecilia Gomez
Academic Advisor

Brooke Roche
Veterans Academic Advisor