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Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant

Program News

(last updated September 19, 2017)

2017-18 Program Funding
2017-18 ING Grant Benefits Usage
2017-18 ING Grant Eligibility Data

2017-18 Interactive Application

2017-18 Gift Assistance Budgets via GAP Access

2017-18

Program Funding

The FY18 state budget did not include funding for the Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant to provide for compensating institutions for waiving the tuition and fees for Guardsmen. Although, ISAC will not be able to reimburse institutions for 2017-18 ING awards, reporting of enrollment hours must still take place so that benefit usage (i.e., eligibility units) can be accurately assessed to students’ accounts.

ING Grant Benefits Usage

As announced in a September 19 e-Message, the ING Grant Benefit Request records are available via GAP Access, allowing colleges to report enrollment hours and benefit dollar amounts for initial, supplemental, in-district and out-of-district requests for the fall term. Eligibility Units will be assessed based on the benefits usage data submitted. 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.

ING Grant benefit requests are submitted in the same manner as Monetary Award Program (MAP) claims. For additional details, refer to the ING Grant Benefit Usage page within this section. An ING Grant Benefit Usage Processing chapter of the ING Grant User Guide to help colleges navigate the online process and can be accessed from the ING Grant Electronic Processing page.

ING Grant Eligibility Data

As announced in a July 3 e-Message, the ING Grant portal in the GAP Access system is available to access student eligibility data. When a student submits an ING Grant Application to ISAC, a record is added to the school’s database in the ING system that can be viewed by the school on the ING Student List Eligibility: View screen which displays in the same format and has the same sort and filter functions as is used in the MAP program.  Refer to ING Grant Certification of Eligibility within this section for information regarding student eligibility data. Specific details regarding the ING Grant system, including important reminders and guidelines, are provided at the ING Grant Electronic Processing page (right menu link on this page or within the Processes area).

The college's GAP Access Primary Administrator must update privileges for the appropriate staff to access the ING Grant system. Instructions for updating user privileges are provided in the GAP Access User Guides section , which is located on the GAP Access page.

The ability to report 2017-18 ING Grant benefits used data will be available in the fall. At that time, colleges will be able to submit ING Grant benefits used data in the same manner that MAP claims are submitted.

Interactive Application

The online interactive Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant application for the 2017-18 academic year is available via the Student Portal. Students should allow at least 4 weeks for processing of the application. Remind applicants in the Air National Guard that they must provide the base on the application. Complete applications received by ISAC after the deadline dates will be processed only for subsequent terms, with June 15, 2018 as the final date of acceptance for the summer term.

To assist you with questions you receive from students regarding the ING online application process and to access the interactive application, refer to the ING Grant pages in the Types of Financial Aid section in the Student During-College area.

Refer to the Application Procedures for the ING Grant page within this section for an overview of the online application process, entry steps, application confirmation information, deadline dates, a sample of the acknowledgement e-mail and a link to the interactive ING Application.

2017-18 Gift Assistance Budgets via GAP Access

The 2017-18  budget information for the MAP, IVG and ING programs will be collected via the GAP Access system and is due to ISAC on or before June 1, 2017. The requested information follows the same format that used for the 2016-17 academic year. Budget information must be entered for each approved program and each approved school code within a program, before it is certified.

Step-by-step instructions for accessing and navigating the GAP Access "School: Budget" screens are provided on the Gift Assistance Budget Instructions page within the Processes area and may also be viewed in a separate browser window via a link in the top right corner of the "School: Budget" screens. After logging in to GAP Access, only those staff members who have been granted authority to do so will be able to access the "Budget" option from within the "School" area of the system. Refer to the April 3 e-Message and the GAP Access User Guide for operational and security details.