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ING Grant Benefit Usage

{ISAC Rules, Sections 2700.30 (e) and 2730.40}

ING Grant Benefit Usage Overview
ING Grant Benefit Requests and Results 
ING Grant Payment Priority

ING Grant Benefit Usage Overview

The Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant covers tuition and eligible fees (registration, graduation, general activity, matriculation and term fees) at all Illinois public universities or public community colleges. The ING Grant is an entitlement program which means that, by statute, the student is not responsible for payment of tuition and eligible fees if program funds are insufficient to pay all claims. Payments on behalf of a recipient will be made to only one institution per term. In addition, if an applicant is eligible for both the ING Grant and the Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant, the ING Grant Program benefits must be used first. Any remaining fees not covered by the ING Grant may be paid by the MAP grant.

Postsecondary Institutions - Tuition and Fee Charges [ISAC Rules, General Provisions, Section 2700.30 e)3)]

The ING Grant and IVG Programs may finance only a portion of certain fee charges.

  • If one fee finances both tuition and text book expenses, only the portion of the fee which is attributable to tuition expenses can be financed with program benefits.
  • Institutions with such a fee shall certify what percentage of the fee is eligible to be financed with program benefits. Certification shall be performed by the institution's chief fiscal officer.

ING Grant Benefit Requests and Results

The ING Grant Benefit Usage functionality is now available for colleges to report enrollment hours and benefit dollar amounts for initial, supplemental (adjustments), in-district and out-of-district requests for the 2017-18 fall term via the GAP Access portal. Colleges will be notified when the deadline to submit fall term benefit usage data is determined (anticipated for December 2017).

New data for students eligible for benefits will be available whenever there is a new or updated eligible record for the college. While new data could potentially be available on a daily basis, the college may not have students that appear in the system each day. It is recommended that the college check GAP Access at least once a week for new student data that may have been posted for the 2017-18 academic year.

Refer to the ING Grant User Guide section on the ING Electronic Processing page for the ING Benefit Usage Processing chapter for details about navigating the online process.


  • Users must have “Update” privileges for ING  in order to submit benefits requests.
  • The ING academic year begins with fall term, then spring and ends with summer term.
  • When submitting 2017-18 ING Grant Benefit Requests, amounts should match the 2017-18 budget data reported by the college via the GAP Access system.
  • A cumulative list of Benefit Request records is available for the entire fiscal year, which minimizes the need to print and retain hard copies.
  • The ING Grant system at GAP Access is available each day from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. (CT).

ING Grant Payment Priority

When funds are appropriated to ISAC by the General Assembly for the ING Grant program, claims will be paid as follows:

  • first semester and first quarter claims received by the designated deadline date will be paid or prorated, if funding is insufficient to pay all claims in full;
  • if funds remain after first semester and first quarter claims are paid, then second semester and second and third quarter claims received by the designated deadline date will be paid, or prorated if funds remaining are insufficient to pay all such claims in full;
  • if funds still remain after the preceding claims are paid, summer term claims received by the designated deadline date will be paid, or prorated if remaining funds are insufficient to pay all summer claims in full; and
  • timely claims for the difference between in-district/state and out-of-district/state tuition for recipients who do not qualify for chargebacks will be considered for payment at the same time, and in the same priority order, as all other timely claims.

All payment claims received by ISAC after the designated dates will be paid or prorated during the fiscal lapse period (July 1 through August 31) following the conclusion of the fiscal year.