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Veteran Applicants

Explore our academic programs, campus life & more!

Veterans choose North Central College each year for the exceptional academic programs, exciting campus life, and affordability.

All military students will find a welcoming and supportive faculty and staff who are committed to supporting you in your transitions to and from the College. Our location provides access to great internships and post-graduation careers in Naperville and the surrounding Chicago area.

North Central College was named the #8 Best College for Veterans among schools in the Midwest region by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.

Transition to academic and civilian life

North Central College offers a range of opportunities for military veterans transitioning to academic and civilian life. Our programs and services have earned North Central College the designation of a 2017 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for embracing America’s military service members and veterans as students. We fully participates in both the Post 9/11 GI Bill®* and Yellow Ribbon veteran benefit programs. Veterans eligible for 100% of the Post 9/11 benefit, based on Department of Veteran Affairs guidelines, will also qualify for Yellow Ribbon, ensuring that 100% of your tuition is covered.

Explore veteran's benefits

If you're eligible for prorated veteran's benefits, you can combine them with other forms of financial aid to make North Central even more affordable. Our helpful and knowledgeable financial aid staff will work with you individually to identify all aid, putting a North Central education within your reach.

Visit us!

Once you have confirmed your veteran’s benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs, we encourage you to learn more about North Central College through a campus visit built around your specific interests and with a current student veteran if possible. Campus visits can include a tour and individual appointments with the Veteran Services and Military Student Services Coordinator, faculty and staff.  Call 630-637-5800 to make an appointment. Be sure to identify yourself as a veteran when first contacting the Office of Admission.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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Steps to receiving your benefits

Confirm your eligibility

Confirm Veterans Benefits eligibility with the Department of Veterans Affairs here.

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Your application

Complete the appropriate North Central College application for undergraduate admission, graduate admission, a second bachelor’s degree or teaching certification, or non-degree options. Contact the Office of Admission for more information about above options, including which supplemental information is required for each application.

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Complete or update your FAFSA

For full financial aid consideration, complete or update the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for other federal, state, or institutional financial assistance (use college code 001734).

The North Central College admission staff review applications on a rolling basis. Once we have a complete file for your admission, you will hear from your admission counselor within two weeks.

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We're a Military Friendly Institution

Student veterans talk about their experience attending North Central College. 

Advice for Prospective Student Veterans from our Current and Alumni Student Veterans

Listen to advice from our current and alumni student veterans.

Faculty and Staff Veterans

Connect with Veteran & Military Student Services

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