Veterans Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Classification and Definition

Persons returning from at least one year of active military service will be readmitted or reinstated regardless of previous scholastic record, provided Northeastern Illinois University is the first institution of higher education attended following release from service.

Veterans Services Office

The Veterans Services Office provides veterans, active military members, reservists, and their families guidance on obtaining their federal and state military educational benefits. The office strives to assist the military community with all aspects of their NEIU experience as well as providing referrals at the state and federal level within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Please visit the Veterans Services Office, located in Building D, Room 130, in the Admissions, Transfer, and Veterans Services Center, to explore more about the veterans’ resources NEIU offers. For more information, call (773) 442-4070, email veterans@neiu.edu or visit our webpage, http://admissions.neiu.edu/veterans-services.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Veterans Admissions Outreach Specialist at (773) 442-4028 for an initial assessment of eligibility and to help navigate the application process.

Credit for Military Service

Four credit hours are awarded to veterans who have been honorably discharged and have served a minimum of one year on active duty or in the guard/reserve. Veterans must submit Member 4 of their DD214 to the Admissions Review and Processing Office at the time of application for admission.

Credit is also allowed for those United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) courses for which the American Council on Education recommends credit at the baccalaureate level, provided the student has passed the appropriate USAFI end-of-course test or examination.

Credit for service schools successfully completed may be evaluated upon request. In order to grant credit to veterans for service/school training, veterans must provide transcripts. These transcripts are free to all eligible soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen. More details are available at the following websites.

USAF-CCAF Transcripts: http://www.airuniversity.af.mil/Barnes/CCAF 
Joint Services Transcripts for Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy: https://jst.doded.mil

The student must file the Request for Evaluation form available in Enrollment Management Services (D-101).

ROTC Programs

Air Force ROTC

Students may enroll in the Air Force ROTC program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The four-year and two-year programs allow qualified men and women the opportunity to earn commissions as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation and completion of Air Force ROTC. Federal scholarships are available to qualified students of either program and pay full tuition and fees, $600 a year towards textbooks, and $250-400 monthly subsistence allowance. State of Illinois ROTC scholarships are also available to qualified students and pay full tuition. All members of the Professional Officer Course also receive the monthly subsistence allowance.  

The Air Force ROTC courses are taught on the IIT campus. For more information on Air Force ROTC, call (312) 567-3535/(312) 567-3526 or stop by 10 W. 21st Street (IIT Stuart Building) in Chicago.

Military Science (Army ROTC)

Military Science (Army ROTC) is offered through Northeastern Illinois University in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago. Loyola is the host school for all of Army ROTC in the northern Chicago area. Basic course classes for freshman and sophomores are open to all students and require no prerequisites. The advanced portion of the course for junior and seniors is only open to those students who meet special ROTC criteria.  

All lecture courses, physical training courses and Leadership Labs are offered off campus at Loyola University Chicago or alternate locations near Northeastern.  Army ROTC is time-intensive and on average meets five times per week or more. For further information on scholarship opportunities call the Recruiting Operations Officer at Loyola University Chicago, Army ROTC at (773) 508-8980.