Illinois Veterans Grant
- Illinois National Guard Grant
- Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship
- Montgomery GI Bill Educational Benefits (Chapter 30, 33, 1606, and 1607)
- Federal Vocational Educational Benefits for Disabled Veterans (Chapter 31)
- Federal Education Benefits for Dependents of Veterans (Chapter 35)
How to apply
The student must provide a Member-4 copy of their DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) for each period of service and complete the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) application. This application is available from the Financial Aid Office at Prairie State College or can be downloaded from www.collegezone.com. The completed form and appropriate supporting documents should be mailed by the student to: D-3A, IVG Processing, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, 1755 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL, 60015-5209.
What determine eligibility?
To be eligible, you must: Satisfy Illinois residency requirements by meeting the below qualifications as outlined either in #1, #2 and #3, or in #4:
- Currently reside in Illinois unless you are serving federal active-duty service at the time of enrollment in college or residing with a spouse in continued military service who is currently stationed outside of Illinois.
- were a resident of Illinois at the time of entering federal active-duty service or within six months prior to entering the service or were a student at an Illinois public 2- or 4-year college at the time of entering federal active-duty service.
- established, or if on federal active-duty service, plan to establish Illinois residency within six months after leaving federal active-duty service, or if married to a person in continued military service
- reside in Illinois at the time of application and at the time of receiving benefits for enrollment and, at some point after leaving federal active-duty service, have been a resident of Illinois for at least 15 consecutive years.
- apply for this grant within six months after and including the date the spouse was stationed within Illinois, or
- if the spouse was stationed outside Illinois, established, or plan to establish, Illinois residency within six months after and including the date the spouse was separated.
Note: You may be considered eligible for the IVG program by fulfilling #2 and #3 above; however, if you do not currently reside in Illinois (#1), you will not receive IVG benefits.)
The student must have served in active military service for at least one year unless discharged for medical reasons. All discharges must be honorable. The student must be living in Illinois and attending an Illinois state-supported school. Students who have had at least one discharge but are still on active duty can attend Illinois-based schools at out-of-state and overseas locations. How are recipients selected? The Illinois Student Assistance Commission reviews the application and determines if the student is eligible. An award letter is provided to the student, which must be submitted to the veterans affairs advisor at Prairie State College before the award will be posted to the student’s account.
How is the amount of the award determined?
The amount of the award is equal to the student’s charges for tuition and registration fees. Lab fees and book fees are not covered by the Illinois Veterans Grant and are the responsibility of the student. However, students are encouraged to apply for other federal grants to meet these costs by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with PSC School Code (001640) as the school choice at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
How and when are the funds paid out?
IVG recipients do not receive a cash award. Appropriate charges based on the credit hours the student is enrolled in are billed to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, and the amount is credited to the student’s account. The recipient is entitled to full payment of tuition and certain fees to any state-supported Illinois institution of higher learning for the equivalent of four calendar years of full-time enrollment including summer terms.
This award can be used for both undergraduate and graduate work. If the student also is eligible for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission MAP Grant, the IVG award must be used first.