Higher education is an invaluable investment. At Benedictine University, we believe that the education which we provide our students with will yield valuable returns throughout the course of each student’s lifetime.

Benedictine University’s Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to assisting students and their families make this investment in themselves and their education. By assisting students to understand the resources available to them, we work daily to help bridge the gap between the student’s cost of attendance and their ability to afford their degree. As a result, “financial aid” encompasses many different types of funding such as federal and state grants, federal student loans, work-study opportunities, and University scholarships.

Every student’s financial background is different, as we pride ourselves on working with all students to help them make their Benedictine education a possibility. We encourage all of our students and their families to use our website as a resource to understand all of their options for paying for their education.

Using Your Benefits at Benedictine

In order to utilize benefits under any VA educational program, the following steps must be completed prior to every term use of benefits is being requested.

  1. Complete the VA Electronic Application

    The application is available online directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Once you are approved for benefits, the VA will issue you a Certificate of Eligibility within 90 days. Upon receipt, immediately submit a copy of the certificate to the Office of Financial Aid.
  2. Complete VA Certification Request and Student Responsibility Certification and submit to Benedictine University, Office of Financial Aid.

    If you prefer to complete a paper copy you may do so by clicking here for a pdf form. Print and submit the hard copy to the Office of Financial Aid, Lownik Hall, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532.

    Or electronically submit the request by completing the Online Form.

    When completing this form you will be asked to upload both an active Certificate of Eligibility and a copy of your DD214. If you have not yet received your Certificate of Eligibility, submit this form regardless as it allows us to begin processing your application.

    In order to be certified to receive benefits timely, this form must be submitted for every term you wish to have benefits applied.

  3. Submit active copies of your DD214 and Certificate of Eligibility.

    Students who are no longer active duty must submit a copy of their DD214 to the Office of Financial Aid via the online VA Certification Request and Student Responsibility Certification form (LINK) or by emailing financialaid@ben.edu.

  4. Submit a Change of Program or Place of Training Form (Form 22-1995), if applicable

    If you have previously used VA benefits to attendance at another school, or have previously used benefits towards another program, you must complete Form 22-1995 through the VA site and submit a copy to the Office of Financial Aid.

Benedictine University does not determine benefit eligibility. The Office of Financial Aid merely confirms enrollment and program costs for enrolled students. All questions regarding eligibility and what is covered by program benefits should be directed to the VA.

We are excited for you to discover the value and affordability an Benedictine University education provides. Our calculator is designed to give you an estimate of how much and what types of financial aid you might qualify for when attending Benedictine University full time.

Welcome and Guidelines

Financial Aid Offer Notification

Scholarship Guidelines

At Benedictine University, the Office of Financial Aid understands that sometimes applying for federal assistance can be daunting. To assist students in navigating the process, we have provided a list of steps to guide our students through applying for financial assistance.

We hope this Web site will help families understand the financial aid process. If you don't find the information you're looking for, please feel free to contact one of our staff. Financial aid counselors are available by telephone, e-mail or in person (no appointment necessary).


Office of Financial Aid
Lownik Hall - Main Floor
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Email: financialaid@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6100
Fax: (630) 829-6101