If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for certain  education benefits administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and  the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Click on links below for more information and how to apply.

Illinois Veterans Grant

This grant is awarded to eligible students who entered the military  from the state of Illinois, served at least one year of honorable active duty,  and returned to Illinois within six months of separation. The grant pays  tuition and certain fees and is not based on financials need; however, students  need to maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Illinois National Guard Grant

This grant is awarded to members of the Illinois National  Guard or the Illinois Naval Militia who have served at least one year and are  currently in the guard or militia. The grant will pay tuition and certain fees  for 120 credit hours of enrollment at any state supported institution.

Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship

This State of Illinois scholarship is available for  dependents of servicemen/servicewomen who have been declared a Prisoner of War  (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). This scholarship covers tuition and fees and  may be used for the equivalent of five years at any Illinois public college or  university.

Montgomery GI Bill Educational Benefits (Chapter 30, 33, 1606, and 1607)

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides educational  benefits under the Montgomery G.I. Bill-Active Duty Educational Assistance  Program. The Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility requirements  for Chapter 30 - Montgomery G.I. Bill for Active Duty, Chapter 33 - Post-9/11  GI Bill, Chapter 1606 - Montgomery G.I. Bill (Selected Reserve), and Chapter  1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP).

Federal Vocational Educational Benefits for Disabled Veterans (Chapter 31)

This program provides vocational rehabilitation services for  veterans who have a service connected disability. To receive services, a  veteran must be found both eligible and entitled. The outcome of these services  lead to suitable employment that is consistent with their aptitudes and  interests or achieving independence in their daily living.

Federal Education Benefits for Dependents of Veterans (Chapter 35)

This grant provides education and training opportunities to  eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to  a service-related condition, who are anticipated to be released from a military  hospital with 100 percent disability, or who died while on active duty or as a  result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of  education benefits.

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