We are proud to have you at Southwestern Illinois College and greatly appreciate your time in service to our nation. We are pleased that you have chosen to make SWIC a part of your life. Thank you!

Certify your classes

Be sure to visit one of the SWIC Veterans Services offices early to complete your paperwork for the this semester. The earlier you complete the paperwork, the sooner your classes will be certified.

VetSuccess on Campus: Tools for Success

The Dept. of Veterans Affairs selected SWIC for the VetSuccess on Campus. Through the VSOC program, the VA places experienced vocational rehabilitation counselors on selected college campuses to assist the growing number of service members, veterans and dependents attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other VA educational programs.

The VSOC counselors are trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to veterans and help connect them to other VA benefits, including health care and mental health services. The VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring service members, veterans and dependents as needed and providing assistance in applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits. SWIC’s VSOC counselor is Armando De La Garza.

VetSuccess on Campus services are available to service members and veterans eligible for any of VA’s educational programs, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, as well as VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. VSOC counselors can also assist dependents of Veterans who are receiving VA education benefits, including eligible spouses attending school through the Post 9/11 GI Bill and eligible children.

In addition, VA’s Education and Career Counseling Program offers a great opportunity for transitioning service members and veterans to get personalized counseling and support to guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA benefits and help them achieve their goals.

Call 618-222-5554 or stop by MC 1240 in Veterans & Career Services on the Belleville Campus to make an appointment with Armando.

VA’s GI Bill website offers tools to help veterans transition from military service to student success. For career assistance, including connecting to employers looking to hire service members, veterans and dependents, the newVeterans Employment Center on eBenefits is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources.

VA Work Study

Would you like to assist your fellow Veteran students? If you are receiving VA benefits under Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606 or 1607 and are attending school at least 3/4 time, you may be eligible to participate in the VA Work-Study Program. The program includes a minimum wage non-taxable salary, and hours are scheduled around your classes. If you are interested please complete the application and inquire in the Veterans Services office at the Belleville Campus.

Download the Veterans Work Study Application

Veteran to Veteran Tutoring

Work with a Veteran tutor in the Success Center!

Student Veterans Group

The SWIC chapter of Student Veterans of America is available to provide support and advocacy for fellow student veterans. Stop by their office located inside of the Veterans Student Center, room MC1245 at the Belleville Campus.

Important Information for Veterans

All new students applying for Federal Education Benefits should go to the website www.gibill.va.gov to see what benefit(s) you’re eligible for and what supporting documentation is needed to apply. The VA recommends applications be completed online and sent using VONAPP (Veterans Online Applications). If you apply online, print and bring a copy of the completed application to the nearest SWIC VA Office to claim your education benefits. Hardcopy applications are also available at our offices.

  • All new students and students changing schools or degree/certificate programs must notify Academic Advising/Counseling and Registration of your established or changed program before attempting to claim benefits.
  • When received, a copy of your Certificate(s) Of Eligibility (COE(s)) should be brought to the nearest SWIC Veterans Services office as soon as possible.
  • Students should register as soon as possible. Heavy workloads during registration can result in processing delays.
  • Students must complete required forms every semester to use veterans benefits.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average each semester enrolled to meet Standards of Progress.
  • Notify the nearest SWIC Veterans Services office of any class or schedule changes to prevent over payment and possible reduction/loss of benefits.
  • Official high school and college transcripts (civilian and military) should be requested and forwarded to SWIC as soon as possible to prevent over payment and possible loss of benefits.Degree seeking service members can request an official transcript through the JST site at https://jst.doded.mil. FAQs can be found here https://jst.doded.mil/faq.html
  • Be prepared to pay tuition and fees in the Business Office at time of registration.
  • Request for Advance Pay must be requested 30 days prior to the beginning date of the semester.
  • Direct VA payment questions to the Veteran’s Regional Processing Office in St. Louis at 888-442-4551.
  • There are two ways to verify monthly enrollment for Chapters 30, 33 and 1606.
    1. Call the Interactive Voice Response System (IVR) at 1-877-823-2378.
    2. Access the website www.gibill.va.gov and follow the link to the WAVE program. Instructions are provided online.

Note: When calling any agency about your enrollment, billing or payments, obtain the name of the person you spoke with. This will speed up our response to your questions or problems.