Concordia University Chicago is grateful for current service members and veterans and is supportive of those who would like to continue their education.

Serving your country doesn’t mean giving up on your goal of completing your masters or PhD degree. At Concordia University Chicago, our programs offer the flexibility and convenience you need to advance your career, even when military service makes your schedule unpredictable.

Multiple financial programs are available to assist veterans and their dependents in achieving a college education. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides educational assistance to individuals who were on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. One such program under The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the Yellow Ribbon program, in which Concordia-Chicago participates.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You can complete and submit the application form online here and will receive written notification from the DVA explaining their decision regarding your eligibility for the program. If you are eligible, your Certificate of Eligibility will advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Yellow Ribbon Program

To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  • You must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • The school must agree to participate in the Yellow Program.
  • The school must have not offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals stated in their participation agreement.
  • The school must certify your enrollment to the VA, including Yellow Ribbon program information.

Learn more about Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

The offices of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid are committed to assisting current service members and veterans who wish to continue their education. If you have additional questions feel free to contact your concierge or contact Aida Asencio-Pinto, Director of Financial Aid at (708) 209-3492 or