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Application Procedures for the ING Grant

{ISAC Rules, Section 2730.20}

Interactive Application
Application Confirmation and Acknowledgement
Application Deadlines
Certification

Interactive Application

The online interactive Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant application is available via the Student Portal. Students should allow at least 4 weeks for processing of the application.

To  apply for an ING Grant, students need to agree to the terms and conditions, make the appropriate selections from several drop-down boxes, enter the required personal information, select the correct academic year (when two application years are available concurrently), check the certification statement,  edit their entries and then submit the application to ISAC.

Eligibility in one academic year does not carry over to future years, therefore, all students must apply for the ING Grant annually. Students who are unable to apply online or have questions about the process should be instructed to contact an ISAC Call Center Representative.

Application Confirmation and Acknowledgement

Once an online application is completed, the applicant has the opportunity to edit or confirm the information. The application data is transmitted to ISAC when the “Confirm” button is pressed. A Confirmation Page will display to verify that the data was successfully transmitted with the date and time it was received by ISAC. A link to a Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the application also displays which may be printed or saved as an electronic file for the student's records. The PDF must be printed before the applicant exits their browser.

Applicants who provide an e-mail address when they apply will be sent an Acknowledgement e-mail (based on the academic year for which they apply) similar to the confirmation page that displays after the application is entered. Students should allow at least 4 weeks for processing of the application. To assist you with questions received from students regarding the ING online application process, refer to ING Grant pages in Types of Financial Aid in Students During-College.

Application Deadlines

ISAC must receive a complete application on or before the deadline listed below. For applicants who are unable to apply online and have received ISAC approval for an alternate means of applying, the application received date will be based upon the U.S. Postal Service postmark date.

The deadline dates for ING applications are:

October 1 – full year consideration 
March 1 – only second semester, second and/or third quarter consideration
June 15 – only summer term consideration

Applications received by ISAC after these deadline dates will be processed only for subsequent terms, with June 15 as the final date of acceptance for the summer term.

Certification

When students submit an ING Grant application to ISAC,  their name displays on the ING Student List Eligibility: View of the institution that was indicated as the school of record on the application.  A component of the application process involves certification by the Department of Military Affairs in Illinois (DMAIL) as to the applicant’s eligibility status in the Illinois National Guard. DMAIL verifies the following eligibility items and then completes the applicable certification fields on the ING Student List Eligibility: View: 

  • verification that each National Guard member is enlisted;
  • verification that each National Guard member is on active duty status in the Illinois Army or Air National Guard;
  • verification that each National Guard member has served for at least one year in the Illinois National Guard;
  • verification of the number of years that each National Guard member has completed of active duty ING service; and
  • the date on which service or eligibility will end.

Once the certification of eligibility has been entered by the DMAIL, qualified applicants are sent a Notice of Full-Year Eligibility or a Notice of Partial Eligibility. Ineligible applicants will receive written notification from ISAC of their ineligibility to receive program benefits. Colleges are NOT required to collect Notice of Eligibility letters from students. Notification of a student's eligibility displays in the Certified column on the Student List Eligibility: View.

Each time an ING Grant application is submitted, the applicant’s name will be added to the ING Student List Eligibility: View,  followed by certification of eligibility by DMAIL. If a student indicates on their application that they will attend different colleges within the academic year, that student will appear on the ING Student List Eligibility: View for multiple colleges but only for the term indicated on the application (i.e., the student might appear on Institution A’s list for term one and Institution B’s list for in terms  two and three). The Student List Eligibility: View is a cumulative listing, designed to notify colleges of students who apply for the ING Grant throughout the academic year.  

Changes of address, name, status with the Illinois National Guard or institution of attendance must be reported in writing to ISAC.