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When you're ready to transition to civilian life, Waubonsee is ready to help you find success in college and in your career. We're proud to serve those students who have served our country, and we'll do everything we can to streamline the process, start you on the right foot and support your endeavors every step of the way.
Veterans Services Philosophy
It is our goal to provide outstanding service to those who have and those who continue to serve our country and their families. We will accomplish our goal by providing our students up to date information on federal and state military education benefits, and other resources available to them within the framework of the institution, Department of Veteran Affairs, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs and Federal Student Aid. We strive to keep our students informed to help them better manage their education funding.
Getting started at Waubonsee as a veteran or service member
Veterans can follow our guide to Getting Started, although those veterans who wish to gain college credit for their military experience will have a few additional steps. For assistance with all aspects of the process, including benefit and referral information, contact our Veterans Academic Advisor, Heather Watson.
For information on textbooks and other essential items, visit the Waubonsee Bookstore.
We're proud of our status as a Military Friendly® School. We've received the honor every year since 2012 from "G.I. Jobs" magazine, who recognizes the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace service members and veterans as students.
Earning Credit for Your Experience
Veterans may be granted a total of 4 semester hours of credit as a result of their basic training. Those who apply may obtain credit for health education (3) and physical education (1).
Along with Waubonsee's Request for Evaluation (pdf) form, you must also submit a copy of VA Form DD214, a Separation Record or Certificate of Completion. You can request these from the National Archives.
Veterans may be granted credit as a result of their military training. Training that is not the equal of a Waubonsee Community College course cannot be granted credit. Experience is evaluated based on recommendations by the Commission on Accreditation of Service Education (ACE). To search for military courses and training that have been evaluated, please review the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Submit a Waubonsee evaluation form only if you think your training would apply to your degree.
Students wanting to transfer credit from another college or university and if you are using federal VA education benefits you are required to complete Waubonsee's Transcript Evaluation Request Form (TERF). An official copy of your transcript must be on file to process the evaluation. The Financial Aid Office will certify one semester without an official review of prior college credit.
Earn a qualifying score on a CLEP® exam and earn college credit without taking the course. If you are an eligible veteran, you can receive full reimbursement for a CLEP® exam and administration fees from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit the CLEP® website for more information.