Illinois State Programs

  • Requirements

    Applicants to the following grants must:

    1. Be enrolled at an Illinois public college, university or community college
    2. Not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any federal or state grant
    3. Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of every semester

    Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG)

    A grant that provides tuition and allowable fees at any Illinois public college, university and community college. Recipients may apply the Illinois Veteran Grant to a maximum of 120 eligibility units, the equivalent to four academic years of full-time enrollment.

    For eligibility requirements regarding IVG, visit the ISAC website. Eligible applicants can download the application (PDF).

    To apply, students should mail the completed application, along with a copy of their DD214 Member to the Illinois Student Assitance Commission (ISAC). The application takes approximately four weeks to process. If eligible, students will be mailed a letter of eligibility. A copy of the letter must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

    Illinois National Guard Grant (ING)

    A grant that provides tuition and certain fees at any Illinois public college, university and community college. Recipients may apply the Illinois National Guard Grant to a maximum of 120 eligibility units, the equivalent to four academic years of full-time enrollment. Students must renew their eligibility for the ING academic year.

    For eligibility requirements regarding the ING, visit the ISAC website.

    An online application, must be submitted every academic year. If eligible, students will be mailed a letter of eligibility. A copy of the letter must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

    Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship Grant

    A grant that provides in-district tuition and certain fees. Recipients may apply the Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship Grant to a maximum of 120 eligibility units, the equivalent to four academic years of full-time enrollment.

    To qualify, a student must be a dependent (spouse or child) of a veteran who:

    • has been declared by the Department of Defense or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be a prisoner of war or missing-in-action.
    • died as the result of a service-connected disability.
    • is declared 100% disabled, and was an Illinois resident at least within six months of entering the service.

    Applicants must complete a paper application. The completed application must be submitted to the State of Illinois Veterans Office. If eligible, a letter of eligibility will be mailed to student. A copy of the letter and an ID card must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.