Military Programs and Initiatives
Illinois State Approving Agency
Change in Approval Process for Public and Non-Profit IHLs with NCD Programs
New Compliance Standards for Principles of Excellence Schools
Centralized Online Complaint System
GI Bill Comparison Tool
Yellow Ribbon Program Agreements
IJF Education Working Group: Military Articulations Subgroup
IVG and Post 9/11 GI Bill
Illinois State Approving Agency
• Protecting the integrity of the GI Bill for 70 years
• Approve programs of education and training
Colleges and Universities
Vocational Schools
Apprenticeship Programs
On-the-Job Training Programs
Flight Schools
High Schools
Licensing and Certification Exams
• Conduct compliance surveys
• Provide technical assistance (training) to education and training
• Outreach services to veterans
Illinois State Approving Agency
Central Office in Springfield (Dan Wellman and Melissa Cushman)
Bloomington Office (Kent Ketter)
Wheaton Office (Andrew Pieper)
Chicago Office (Tiffany Perry and Enrique Cabrera)
Change in Approval Process for Public and NonProfit IHLs with NCD Programs
Change in Approval Process for Institutions of Higher Learning with
Deemed Approved Degree Programs (effective October 1, 2013)
• The State Approving Agency must review for approval all non-college
degree programs at institutions of higher learning with deemed
approved degree programs.
• The Illinois State Approving Agency has completed policy reviews and
approvals for 85 out of 99 institutions of higher learning that meet
this criteria.
• VRAP ended March 31, 2014
• VA accepted enrollment certifications for this program through March 17, 2014
• VA will issue a one-time payment for students enrolled in a training program for
training completed from April 1 through the end of the term, but no later than
June 30, 2014.
• No payments will be made for enrollment periods that begin after March 31 or for
training completed after June 30.
• The payment is limited to each veteran’s remaining VRAP entitlement and only to
the end of the veteran’s current enrollment period.
• School officials must continue to review enrollments and report changes to
enrollment periods certified to VA.
Principles of Excellence
Executive Order 13607 (April 27, 2012)
New Compliance Standards
• Did the school provide a “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet?”
• Did the school inform, and does it have policies to alert students to the availability
of Federal financial aid prior to arranging other financing?
• Does the school use fraudulent and unduly aggressive recruiting?
• Has the school obtained the approval of its accrediting agency for new course
offerings prior to enrolling students in such courses or programs where
• Are service members and reservists readmitted to programs if they are
temporarily unable to attend class or have to suspend their studies due to service
requirements and accommodations made for short absences due to service
Principles of Excellence
Executive Order 13607 (April 27, 2012)
New Compliance Standards (continued)
• Does the school have a refund policy that is aligned with the refund of unearned
student aid rules applicable to federal student aid provided through the
Department of Education under Title IV?
• Does the school provide detailed educational plans outlining graduation
• Does the school have a point of contact for academic and financial advising to
assist service members and veterans students and their families?
Principles of Excellence
Executive Order 13607 (April 27, 2012)
The VA launched a Centralized Online Complaint System in January 2014.
• Designed to empower students and their families, ensuring they have the best
information needed to make the most informed educational choices, while
holding institutions of higher learning to the highest standards.
• Allows veterans, service members and eligible dependents to report negative
experiences with education institutions
• Provides the federal government the information needed to identify and address
unfair, deceptive and misleading practices to ensure high quality academic and
student support services.
• When feedback received, VA will contact the school on behalf of the student and
work toward resolution.
• VA will contact the School Certifying Official about complaints.
• Complaints and resolutions will be forwarded to FTC Consumer Sentinel Network.
GI Bill Comparison Tool
February 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching an innovative new GI Bill
Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for Veterans to calculate their Post-9/11
GI Bill benefits and learn more about colleges, universities and other education and
training programs across the country.
The GI Bill Comparison Tool is designed to enable student Veterans and their families
to compare education options and make informed choices that will help them reach
their educational goals and find a good job.
Yellow Ribbon Program Agreements
Due by May 15, 2014
• VA will accept initial participation agreements, modifications to existing
agreements, and withdrawals from the Yellow Ribbon Program from March 15 to
May 15, 2014.
• A list of participants in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2014 - 2015 academic
year will be posted on the website in early June.
• Institutions should review the Cover Letter and Frequently Asked Questions prior
to any submissions, modifications, or withdrawals from the Yellow Ribbon
Program; especially to determine whether they should submit a new open-ended
agreement or to continue to honor the terms of existing open-ended agreements.
IJF Education Working Group
Military Articulations Subgroup
Phase I:
College of DuPage – Fire Science, Homeland Security, Automotive, EMT/Paramedic
College of Lake County – Criminal Justice, Automotive, Network Admin/Security, EMT,
Moraine Valley Community College – Criminal Justice, EMT/Paramedic
Southwestern Illinois College – Electrical and Electronics Repairs
Phase II:
Kaskaskia College –Automotive, Truck Driving, Network Administration
Heartland Community College – Computer Support, Truck Driving, Healthcare
IJF Education Working Group
Military Articulations Subgroup
• Transferology is a nation-wide network designed to help students answer the question
"Will my courses transfer?"
• Students enter coursework, exams, and/or military learning experiences, then discover in
a single click how many schools in the Transferology network have matching courses that
may be awarded when the student transfers.
• Schools are ranked by the percentage of coursework they accept in transfer for each
student, though users can focus the results with a number of handy filters and sorts.
Details of how those courses will count are available with another click or two, and
students can inform schools of their interest in transferring by asking about specific
programs, campus visits, and/or coursework that has not yet been evaluated by the
• Designed, created, and supported by CollegeSource, Inc. Transferology was first released
in the spring of 2014.
• www.transferology.com
IVG and Post 9/11 GI Bill
• ISAC and IDVA are continuing in their efforts to pursue a waiver from USDVA to
allow IVG as a second payer option
Questions and Contact Information
Dan Wellman
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
Illinois State Approving Agency
(Work) 217.782.7838
(Fax) 217.524.8394
Email: [email protected]

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