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Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG)

The Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) is an entitled program administrated through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). IVG pays for tuition and mandatory fees (activity and technology) at Illinois public community colleges and universities.

Requirements

Must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have served at least one year of federal active duty service in the Armed Forces of the United States, which may include the Illinois National Guard and the Reserve component of the Armed Forces, or
  • Regardless of the length of service, have served in a foreign country in a time of hostilities in that country; have been medically discharged for service related injuries; or have been discharged prior to August 11, 1967

Received honorable discharge
Meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have been an Illinois resident at the time of entering federal active duty service or within six months prior to entering the service, or
  • Have been a student at an Illinois public 2 or 4 year college at the time of entering federal active duty service
  • Have established, or plan to establish Illinois residency within six months after leaving federal active duty service, or
  • If married to a person in continue military service: 
                    -Have applied for this grant within six months after and including the date that the spouse was
                          stationed within Illinois, or
                    -
    If the spouse was stationed outside Illinois, have established or plan to establish Illinois
                          residency
    within six months after and including the date the spouse was separated.

Not be in default on a student loan

Eligibility

Veterans may use IVG for undergraduate or graduate level for the equivalent of four academic years of full-time enrollment, which is measured in eligibility units. The amount of eligibility a recipient has used is determined by converting credit hours to eligibility units, as indicated below:

 

                Number of Hours

Semester Term

12 or more hours

12 units

9-11.99 hours

9 units

6-8.99 hours

6 units

3-5.99 hours

3 units

Up to 2.99 hours

1 unit

 

Application