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How do I use my military benefit at ECC?

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Ensure the smooth processing of your tuition payment and BHA/MHA by submitting your "Veteran and Military Benefit Activation Form" to the Financial Aid Office before ECC's payment due date. To determine your BHA/MHA amount, check the Illinois BAH (Basic Allowance Housing) Rates. Submit all required items to the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office via email at or call 847-214-7360 for any questions.

Remember to submit a certificate/eligibility letter for each benefit you wish to use. Make sure you're registered for your courses before sending in the form. If you're using GI Bill® Chapters 1606, Chapter 30, or Chapter 35, you may need to arrange payments with the Student Accounts Office, as these benefits are paid directly to you, not the institution.

It's advisable to meet with your academic advisor for course selection and to apply for financial assistance at If you're using the GI Bill®, contact the VA at 888-442-4551 for inquiries regarding deposits made directly by the VA (monthly payments, housing allowance, book stipends, etc.).


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