Being a veteran means you’re eligible for substantial tuition assistance, but the application process can feel cumbersome. We’re here to help.

Serving returning military members has been a priority at DePaul since World War II. We do not limit the number of veterans who can enroll through the Yellow Ribbon Program​, which provides tuition-free education to eligible students. And not only is DePaul is a designated Military Friendly School, it was ranked as a "top school" in the 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges and Universities and as a top university serving veterans by U.S. News & World Report.

Breaking Down the Process 

Step 1: Apply for your Veterans Educational Benefits.

Apply for Veterans Educational Benefits as soon as possible. Once you’ve completed your application, you will be sent a Certificate of Eligibility. You’ll also need to request a copy of your DD-214 from the National Archives. 


Submit your Certificate of Eligibility, a copy of your DD-214 and a copy of DePaul’s Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits form to the Office of Financial Aid.


Visit the Veterans Educational Benefits page for additional information on benefits.

Step 2: Determine what type of student you are.

Each student type has a unique admission process. Learn how you should apply by choosing your student type below. 


Freshman (You are under 24 and have completed high school) 

Tra​nsfer (You are under 24 and have completed some college courses) Adult/Adult Transfer (You are 24 or over and have completed some college courses) 

Graduate (You have an undergraduate degree) 

International (You have been educated outside the U.S.) 

Readmitted​ (You are a former DePaul student who has been absent for three or more consecutive quarters)

Step 3: Apply for admission to DePaul.

Apply online​ and waive your application fee by indicating that you are eligible to receive veterans benefits. 


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Set up an Accelerated Veterans Admission appointment. You’ll be able to complete the admission process and receive a decision in one day. Contact the Office of Admission at (312) 362-5551 for scheduling.

Step 4: Submit your transcripts.

Submit your official transcripts for each college or university you’ve attended. If you have never enrolled in college or completed fewer than 12 semester hours, you must submit an official high school transcript or GED score report. 


Military transcripts may be submitted in addition to official college, high school or GED reports. SMART transcripts or Joint Service transcripts​ are not reviewed for admission, but can be reviewed for potential credit. 


Transcripts should be mailed to:

Office of Admission 

1 East Jackson Boulevard 

Chicago, IL 60604 - 2201

Step 5: Enroll.

Once you’ve been accepted to DePaul, enroll.

Step 6: Connect with a Veteran Liaison at DePaul.

Veteran Liaisons are DePaul students with prior military experience. They are here to connect you with benefits, resources and support services, including:


  • Educational and disability benefits
  • Academic support 
  • Counseling services 
  • Community events
Contact the Office of Veterans Affairs or visit the Veterans Corner​​ in person to meet with a liaison.

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Financial Aid

DePaul is committed to helping you pay for college through Veterans Educational Benefits or through federal, state and institutional aid.

The amount of veterans benefits you will receive will vary based on a variety of factors, including chapter eligibility, type of active-duty service, enrollment status and other previously used benefits. Veteran students who qualify for 100 percent of Post-9/11 education benefits and who are no longer on active duty may be eligible to receive full tuition. For more information, review the Office of Financial Aid’s GI Bill® frequently asked questions.

For assistance in determining your eligibility, contact DePaul's Veterans Affairs Coordinator Megan Burda at (312) 362-8092 after receiving your Certificate of Eligibility.

Office of Veterans Affairs

Our Office of Veterans Affairs​ provides information on a variety of resources and provides meaningful points of contact, as well as assistance in locating veteran programs.
    

Frequently Asked Questions​

How can I talk to an admission counselor?

To speak to an admission counselor or to make a one on one appointment, please call (312) 362-5551.

Can I use my parent's/spouse's benefits at DePaul?

Yes, a dependent of a veteran may use Chapter 35 benefits at DePaul. Students must show a certificate of eligibility for VA Benefits to be accepted. Read about the Survivors and Dependent's Assistance program.

Does DePaul accept military transfer credit?

Yes, as a veteran, you are able to transfer military credit toward your degree if it is related to your academic program. Prior coursework and military transcripts are reviewed by the Transfer Articulation Center (TrAC). You are responsible for obtaining your academic records and transcripts and providing them to TrAC for review. For more information, contact trac@depaul.edu​.

How and where should I acquire military transcripts and supporting documents?

To obtain your transcripts, please visit the appropriate websites listed below. 


  • Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard — Joint Services Transcript (JST) The JST is now the official transcript tool for Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard personnel. 
  • Army Officers— DD-295 (Application for Evaluation of Learning) Official reporting mechanism for military training and experience. 
  • Air Force - The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) automatically captures training, experience and standardized test scores. Transcript information may be viewed at the CCAF website.

How do I secure a copy of my discharge papers?

Your DD-214 includes discharge papers, personnel records and/or medical records. Request a copy of your DD-214​ from the National Archives.

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Is DePaul a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium?

Yes, the School for New Learning (SNL) is an active member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, which offers flexible policies that allow mobile service members and their families to complete undergraduate degrees. Through SNL's Individual Focus Area undergraduate program, you may design a degree in any area of interest and complete your requirements through a combination of on-campus or online courses, independent studies, previous course credits, as well as credit for relevant life experience.


Visit the SOC Consortium website to learn more. You may also contact SNL for more information.

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