Yellow Ribbon Program Military Friendly School

We're committed to serving our veteran community.

At Columbia College Chicago, we encourage veteran students to apply. We have support services in place to help you before and during your time at the college.

Have questions? Contact Veterans Educational Benefits Counselor, Paul Loretto. Paul is here to help you apply for and receive your GI Bill educational benefits, evaluate military training courses and experience for credit, navigate military jargon in relation to your benefits, and explain the benefits—educational and otherwise—that are available to you and your dependents.

Contact Paul Loretto, Veterans Educational Benefits Counselor

600 S. Michigan Ave, Room 303
phone: 312-369-8791
email: ploretto@colum.edu

Paul Loretto served in the United States Marine Corps for five years. He deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and ultimately earned the rank of staff sergeant. Upon discharge from the Marine Corps, Paul earned his associate’s degree from the City Colleges of Chicago and his bachelor of arts degree in English from DePaul University in 2014. While in college, Paul used the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Paul has served as a financial aid advisor and a student veteran counselor, including work as a veteran certifying official, for seven years.

Additional Resources for Veteran Students

Yellow Ribbon Program
Yellow Ribbon Program

Columbia College Chicago is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program. If you are 100% eligible for this program, you will receive an additional $4,000 per school year ($2,000 from Columbia and $2,000 from the VA) added to your Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Yellow Ribbon amount is subject to change.

Military Credit Transfer
Transfer credit from the military can be combined with credit from a regionally accredited two-year institution, Advanced Placement, CLEP and/or Life Experience, up to 62 credits.
Life Credit Transfer
Life Experience credit can be combined with credit from a regionally accredited two-year institution, military, Advanced Placement and/or CLEP, up to 62 credits.
Post-9/11 GI Bill
Columbia students are eligible for Federal GI Bill benefits. But because we are a private college, students are not eligible for Illinois state veterans' benefits.
Helpful Links
Student Veterans Society

Get in touch with the Student Veterans Society at veterans.columbia@gmail.com.