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Departments: Veterans Assistance Commission

Children of Veterans Scholarship

Each November or December, Children of Veterans Scholarship applications are available online
The application for the 2022-2023 COV Tuition Waiver is now available. The COV award is a four year tuition waiver at the University of Illinois awarded to natural or legally adopted children of service members. Please see application form for eligibility requirements and additional details. The application deadline for conflicts not awarded closes October 1, 2022.

The applicant will need to print out the application and mail it to the University of Illinois Office of Financial Aid with the required documents:

  • Candidates should submit a completed application
  • Submit a photocopy of the veteran parent’s papers (DD Form 214)
  • Submit a copy of ACT scores

The Children of Veterans Scholarship is a four-year tuition waiver at the University of Illinois.

The recipient may use his/her Children of Veterans Scholarship at any of the University’s campuses: Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Springfield, or the Medical Sciences Center.

Three scholarships are awarded per county – one for each of the following wars/conflicts:

    • World War II
    • Korean Conflict
    • Vietnam Conflict
    • the Siege of Beirut
    • the Grenada Conflict
    • the Southwest Asia Conflict
    • Operation Enduring Freedom,
    • Operation Iraqi Freedom
      (Specific information regarding the service dates and medal eligibility is provided on the application itself)

Eligible conflicts include: World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Siege of Beirut, the Grenada Conflict, the Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Priority consideration is given to applications received by January 5, 2022.

You must be a permanent resident of the Illinois county from which you apply.

The tuition waiver will not waive out-of-state tuition.

The tuition waiver covers 4 consecutive years of in-state tuition for undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Health Sciences Center, or Springfield).

Your parent’s service must meet the guidelines listed on the application.

A new, complete application must be submitted each year for applicants who did not receive the award. Supporting documents (copies of ACT and/or SAT scores and military paperwork) should be included with all applications.

See the application for more information regarding award criteria and application procedure.

Recipients who have attended and used the Children of Veterans Waiver for at least one academic term may request a leave of absence and extend the waiver for the academic term in which an absence from the University occurs. A temporary leave of absence may be granted for medical reasons, military service, or for earning funds to defray educational expenses. Students must submit a written request for a leave of absence to the Office of Student Financial Aid at the Urbana-Champaign campus by emailing prior to the anticipated departure date. Additional supporting documentation may be requested.


All candidates will be notified by mail on or around April 1, whether they have be selected to receive the Children of Veterans Scholarship.

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