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 Sr. Veterans Academic and Advisor, Carlos Suarez

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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.


For information on textbooks and other essential items, visit the Waubonsee Bookstore.

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Veterans Service Handbook

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There are many resources available to veterans at Waubonsee. Learn more about them in our Veterans Services Handbook

Veterans Service Checklist

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There are many steps to getting the education benefits and services that come with military service. Use our checklist to ensure you don't miss anything.  

Financial Aid


Apply for financial aid. Learn more here.

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Earning Credit for Your Experience

Military Basic Training
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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.

Military Occupation Training
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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.

A copy of the Joint Services Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript must accompany the evaluation request.

Other Experience & Training
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Students who have attended and earned credit at previous colleges or universities should arrange to have official transcripts sent to Registration and Records to be evaluated for transfer credit. 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.

Veteran Stories

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I had a great experience here.

Mario's Story

We are always here to help

Contact the veterans advisors for assistance. 

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Carlos Suarez
Sr. Veterans Academic and Career Advisor
Sugar Grove Campus
Student Center, Room 282
(630) 466-2366