Calling All Veterans!
On behalf of the staff of the Office of Veterans Resources, let me welcome you to John A. Logan College and the Office of Veterans Resources. We are committed to providing the best possible service to you to help you achieve your educational goals and objectives. As a veteran of the United States Army myself, I can promise you that this office will be military-friendly. Stop in and say hello. I would be honored to meet you.
Veterans, Servicemembers, and family members are encouraged to sign up for My HealtheVet at www.myhealth.va.gov. Veterans who are VA patients should go to their local VA facility to get In-Person Authenticated or “IPA’d” to get the most out of My HealtheVet - it’s quick, easy and it’s for all! For Questions Contact your local My HealtheVet Coordinator (618) 997-5311 ext. 54381.
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New Service for Veterans
We are pleased to announce a service that provides students with important information about John A. Logan College. Items such as emergency notifications, campus news and such can now be sent directly to your cell phone by text message. Simply click on the link below to sign up for JALCtxt. Because of the success of JALCtxt, JALC now provides VETtxt. If you wish to receive up-to-date news from the Office of Veterans Resources, sign up now for VETtxt. VETtxt will keep you in the know on what’s happening at JALC.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I receive VA Education Benefits if I enroll in online courses? John A. Logan College on-line courses were approved by the Illinois State Approving Agency as independent study classes. This approval places the payment of on-line courses on the same basis as in-resident training. Veteran students taking classes entirely through on-line courses will be paid benefits based on the credits earned in the same manner as any other credit hour class.
- May I use the Montgomery GI Bill to receive VA Educational Benefits while attending John A. Logan College (in resident or online)? Yes. The MGIB program can provide up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used here at John A. Logan College for degree and certificate programs. Provided that the courses of study (Degree or Certificate) are approved by the Illinois State Approving Agency.
- Where may I obtain an Application? Applications maybe obtained from our office, any VA Regional Office, by calling the VA Toll Free phone number (1-800-827-1000).
- Can I enroll in any course and still receive VA Education Benefits? Veteran students are entitled to receive VA Educational Benefits only if pursuing an approved program of courses leading to a degree or vocational objective. Random selection of classes for VA payment is prohibited.
- What must I do to receive VA Education Benefits? Veteran students applying for VA Education Benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill for the first time since leaving the military will have to complete VA Form 22-1990 (Veterans Application for Education Benefits) and submit it to our office with a court certified copy of DD Form 214, current class schedule and supporting documents. A Veteran who is a new student at John A. Logan College, who has used VA Educational Benefits elsewhere will complete and submit VA Form 22-1995 (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training), current class schedule and supporting documents. Completed Applications and supporting documents will be accepted and processed by our office and sent to the VA Regional Processing Office in St. Louis, Missouri. It is important to remember that the final determination of eligibility and payment of VA Education Benefits is made by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Where may I obtain more information about VA Benefits? To speak with a VA Benefits Counselor concerning your question or claim please call the VA toll free number 1-800-827-1000 or 1-888-442-4551. Telephone service is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 - 4:30. To ensure the best possible results from this telephone service, it is suggested you:
- Place call early in the morning.
- Have your claim number (social security number) available.
- Obtain the name of the VA Benefit Counselor answering the call.
- Is John A. Logan College approved for Veteran training? John A. Logan College is a fully accredited institution of higher education. John A. Logan College has the approval of the Illinois State Approving Agency for veterans training to certify enrollment of qualified veteran students.
- How do I get more information? You may obtain more information by contacting the Veterans Resource Center
John A. Logan College
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918 USA
- Phone: 618-985-2828/ext. 8422
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Eligibility for the Illinois Veterans Grant
- What is the Illinois Veterans Grant (I.V.G.)? The Illinois Veterans Grant is a grant offered by the State of Illinois for those who have served in the military. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission or (ISAC) administers the grant. The I.V.G is not a federal grant, therefore it has nothing to do with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- What are the Eligibility Requirements? An applicant must be designated as a “Qualified Veteran” to receive I.V.G benefits. The following criteria must be met to be considered a “Qualified Veteran”.
- The veteran must have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces. The term "Armed Forces" shall be defined as the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Members of the Student Army Training Corps and Illinois National Guard are not eligible.
- The veteran must have served at least one year on active duty unless:
- Honorably discharged for medical reasons directly connected with such service (Documentation required).
- Honorably discharged prior to August 11, 1967.
- Honorably discharged because part of service included deployment to the Persian Gulf Region, Participated in the Persian Gulf War, Deployment to Somalia, Africa in military operations to aid Somalia.
- The veteran must meet Illinois residency requirements:
- Must have been a legal resident physically residing in Illinois within six months prior to entering the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Must have physically returned to Illinois within six months of separation from such service and now living in Illinois.
- Proof of Illinois residency is required if the veteran’s address of record on the D.D. 214, prior to entry is other than Illinois, or if the veteran ’s mailing address upon separation is other than Illinois. The following documentation may be used as proof.
- Valid Illinois drivers license or Illinois motor vehicle registration issued during the relevant six month period.
- Illinois high school or college transcripts demonstrating attendance during relevant six month period.
- Utility bills/rent receipts in the applicant name for the relevant six month period.
- How does the I.V.G. work? The I.V.G. works on a 120 unit system. The way ISAC determines this is that most bachelors degrees require at least 120 credit hours. A person who is using the I.V.G. will start out at 0 units. For every credit hour that person takes, the appropriate units will be added. Once that person accumulates 120 units, their benefits has been completely used up and no longer eligible for the I.V.G. The following table explains how units are assigned.
|Number of Credit Hours||Number of Units|
|0 - 2.99||1|
|3.0 - 5.99||3|
|6.0 - 8.99||6|
|9.0 - 11.99||9|
|12 or more||12|
- What will I.V.G. pay? The following is what I.V.G will pay.
- I.V.G. will pay for the full cost of tuition and other instructional fees.
- Activity, air flight instructor and athletic fees.
- Matriculation, service and other registration type fees.
- Off campus and other extension course fees.
- Application fees.
- Graduation and transcript fees.
- Proficiency exam, College Level Exam Program (CLEP), placement exam and similar fees.
- Health Insurance fees.
- I.V.G. will not pay the following:
- Book rental fees.
- Laboratory and supply fees.
- Student union fees.
- Fees for the operation, maintenance or rental of any building, facility or equipment.
If you have any questions pertaining to the I.V.G you may call ISAC at 1-800-899-4722 or you can contact the Veterans Affairs Office in room C-210 at John A. Logan College at (618) 985-2828 ext: 8422.
Eligibility for Chapter 33 Benefits
Recently the Veterans’ Administration has announced a new benefits program for post-911 veterans. This is commonly called “Chapter 33”. This program provides for tuition payment, a housing allowance, and some money for books and supplies. This is a new program and should be closely compared to other benefit programs before you choose to use these benefits. Once you choose Chapter 33, you cannot return to your previous program. For more details on Chapter 33, please visit our office in room C-206. We would enjoy meeting you.
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We will do our best to help you understand your veterans’ benefits, but remember this: your benefits are prescribed and managed through the rules and regulations of the Veteran’s Administration. The VA is a federal agency and we have no authority to alter, change, or modify any of their rules. This structure of rules and regulations sets forth what benefits you are entitled to and what you must do to obtain them. Please understand that the Office of Veterans Resources at John A. Logan College does not have the authority to modify or otherwise circumvent the requirements of these governing rules.
We are here to assist you in obtaining the benefits you earned through your proud service. Here in the John A. Logan College Office of Veterans’ Resources, we will do everything we can to help you succeed and to obtain your educational goals. Let us know how we can help you.