Veteran Resources

Parkland College is a Veteran-friendly institution that is committed to your success. With this in mind, we have established the following resources designed to help aid you in your transition.

Veteran Resource Center

The Parkland College Veterans Resource Center serves as the center of veteran life on campus and provides information on various community resources available to veterans to aid in their transition. The Veterans Resource Center assists veterans and dependents in understanding how to apply for and use veterans educational benefits. Our staff also helps student veterans and dependents enroll in classes.

Students are welcome to stop in for information, a quiet place of study, to meet with friends, attend a Student Veterans meeting, or just have lunch or a cup of coffee.

SALUTE National Honor Society

The SALUTE National Honor Society recognizes and honors the service and scholastic achievements of veteran students. Requirements for induction to the SALUTE National Honor Society include:

  • Qualify as military/veteran student under locally-derived and maintained definitions. Applicant must submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of service (honorable discharge). Applicants currently serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserves must submit a copy of orders for their current duty assignment.
  • Be currently enrolled as a student, and have a minimum of 12 course credits, for undergraduates
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards.
  • The undergraduate GPA tiers are broken down according to the following:
    • Alpha Tier GPA: 3.75 – 4.00
    • Bravo Tier GPA: 3.50 – 3.74
    • Charlie Tier GPA: 3.25 – 3.49
    • Delta Tier GPA: 3.00 – 3.24

Benefits of individual membership include:

  • One-time payment for lifetime membership
  • A certificate and military-style challenge coin commemorating membership in SALUTE and specific level of academic achievement
  • Compete for scholarships
  • Enhance your resume with formal academic acknowledgement
  • Opportunities to network with and receive and give assistance to fellow student veteran members
  • Wear red, white, and blue honor cords at graduation to demonstrate academic achievements as a veteran
  • Participate in local and national SALUTE programs

Apply for SALUTE and pay the $35 membership fee online at https://salute.colostate.edu/join/

After receiving the membership certificate, members of SALUTE must submit a copy of their membership certificate to the Parkland Office of Financial Aid and Veteran Services if they wish to wear the honor cords at graduation.

Financial Aid and Veteran Services

The Office of Financial Aid and Veteran Services is located in room U286. Walk-in appointments are available.  For more information, contact Kristina Taylor, Coordinator of Veterans and Military Personnel Student Services, at 217/351-2222 or by email at veterans@parkland.edu.

  • The Office of Financial Aid and Veteran Services will help you file the appropriate forms to process your educational benefit claims with the Federal Veterans Administration (VA), the State of Illinois Veterans Administration, Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), and the Department of Education. We are also available to answer questions about veterans’ benefits and financial aid, and direct you to college support services that will help you succeed in college courses. We process the following benefits:
    • State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)
    • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
    • Federal Work Study (FWS)
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal Direct Subsidized loans
    • Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans
    • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) loans
    • Alternative loans
    • Scholarships
    • All Federal VA benefits, including CH33, CH30, CH35, CH31, CH1606, CH1607
    • All State of Illinois VA benefits, including Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG), Illinois National Guard Grant (ING), and MIA/POW scholarship.
  • We provide an individual orientation to all veterans using their VA educational benefits at Parkland College for the first time.
  • Veterans Residency—All service members and their dependents who are stationed and living within the college district are authorized to attend Parkland and pay tuition and fees at the in-district rate if they are using veterans education benefits.

Our veteran and military personnel student services coordinator Kristina Taylor is available to assist you with the resources offered through the Financial Aid and Veteran Services Office. Contact her by phone at 217/351-2222, or by email at veterans@parkland.edu.

Student Veterans Association at Parkland (SVAP)

The Student Veterans Association at Parkland (SVAP) is a student-led organization committed to fostering a veteran friendly climate on campus. This organization is open to all interested individuals, with officer positions being reserved for veterans or active duty military personnel. SVAP meets the first Tuesday of every month from noon–1 pm in room U299. For more information, you can contact the staff advisor, Kristina Taylor, by phone at 217/351-2222 or by email at ktaylor@parkland.edu.

  • SVAP organizes and presents the college’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony in the college center.
  • Provides camaraderie and community for veterans and active duty military personnel considering the unique nature of their experiences.
  • Provides advocacy, support, social, and recreational activities.