Veterans Resource Center

The Mission of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is to enhance the success of student Veterans and their dependents by providing assistance and guidance in achieving their educational objectives. Additionally the Veterans Resource Center serves to foster a welcoming campus culture for student veterans and ensure that the men and women who serve our county have access to a quality education in a supportive environment.

JJC is proud to serve student veterans and their dependents through various services, including applications for the GI Bill®, and securing benefits from state and federal aid programs. Stop by the Veterans Resource Center at Main Campus, or email 

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Submission of a Veterans Benefit Request Form is required each semester you intend to utilize benefits.

Veterans Benefit Request Form    

Please submit all required documentation to the Veterans Resource Center by utilizing the online secure document upload within the JJC Portal. 

Veterans Secure Document Upload

Getting Started - Joliet Junior College

Enrolling at JJC and applying for Military Education Benefits may be completed simultaneously.

Getting Started - Military Education Benefits

Find out how to apply for your Department of Veterans Affairs and State of Illinois military education benefits.

JJC Documentation

To be eligible to utilize your educational benefits please review and submit the appropriate documentation.

Additional Information and Resources

  • Apply for Federal Student Aid

    Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If eligible, these funds can be used with your military benefits. 

    Visit the Financial Aid page for information on how to apply. 

  • Illinois State Statutes

    Eligible active duty service members, veterans, and their dependents will be charged in-state tuition and fee amounts in accordance with all applicable state and federal regulations and guidance. Eligibility is defined by the regulating agency.

    Higher Education Veterans Service Act Survey Results (PDF)

    *JJC offers Priority Registration to all student veterans*

  • Principles of Excellence

    On April 27, 2012, President Obama signed Executive Order 13607; Establishing the Principles of Excellence for educational institutions service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members. Joliet Junior College fully complies with the seven principles and is dedicated to helping our veteran and non-veteran students succeed! Educational institutions participating in the Principles of Excellence program agree to the following guidelines:

    Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
    The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is a consumer tool that is designed to simplify information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so that they can make informed decisions about which postsecondary institution to attend. This can be found within MyJJC.

    Provide educational plans for all military and Veteran education beneficiaries.
    Each student can access his or her degree plan in the student-planning module located in MyJJC. A list of all degrees and certificates can be found on in the JJC Course Catalog.

    End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
    Joliet Junior College does not participate in high-pressure recruitment-marketing tactics. Joliet Junior College will not provide any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollment of federal financial aid (including TA funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

    Accommodate Servicemembers and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
    When a student is called to military service, he or she may opt to complete the class or request a tuition and fees refund, in accordance with state and federal laws. The students should present a copy of the “military service orders” to the Office of the Registrar prior to leaving. Information for Called to Duty can be found on the this page.

    A student returning from military service may re-enter as a currently enrolled student in order to be given priority registration for the most immediate semester upon return. 

    Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
    Veterans and their families may contact the Veterans Resource Center: 

    Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
    Joliet Junior College works with the State Approving Agency (SAA) to ensure accreditation of new programs prior to enrolling students in those programs.

    Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
    Joliet Junior College’s institutional refund policy aligns with the Title IV refund policies.

  • Other Resources