Educational Benefits for Veterans, Active Duty Military Personnel and Families

The Financial Aid and Veteran Services Office is located in the Luther Student Center – Room 203.  We provide assistance for enlisted personnel, veterans, and their families who wish to use their benefits at Lake Land College.  We will help you file the appropriate forms to process your educational benefit claims with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), and the Department of Education (DOE).  We are also available to answer questions about veterans’ benefits and financial aid, and direct you to other college support services. Service members are encouraged to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling at Lake Land College.

Programs Available

Programs include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Montgomery G.I. Bill® (Chapter 30)
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31)
  • Post 9/11 Montgomery G.I. Bill® (Chapter 33)
  • Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
  • Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1606)
  • Military Tuition Assistance (TA)


  • Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG)
  • Illinois National Guard Grant (ING)
  • Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship

To Apply

  • Prior to enrollment, veterans and military personnel seeking to utilize these educational benefits should contact Danielle Downs, Financial Aid & Veteran Services Advisor, at 217-234-5255 or ddowns@lakelandcollege.edu. Walk-in and scheduled appointments are available.