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Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant

Program News

(last updated June 18, 2018)

2018-19 Program Funding
2018-19 Interactive Application
ING Grant Eligibility Data
2018-19 Gift Assistance Budget
2017-18 Program Funding
2017-18 ING Grant Benefits Usage

2018-19

Program Funding

The FY19 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 2018-19 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.

Interactive Application

The online interactive Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant application for the 2018-19 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, 2019 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.

ING Grant Eligibility Data

As announced in a May 16 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.

The ING Grant eligibility data includes information for each applicant who has applied for the ING Grant at the college of record, and for whom the Department of Military Affairs in Illinois (DMAIL) has confirmed eligibility as of the "Certified Eligible" date. It is recommended that the college check the ING Grant system for new or updated eligible records at least once a week.

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.

Colleges will be notified when they can report 2018-19 ING Grant benefits used data.

Gift Assistance Program Budget

As announced in a May 3 e-Message, budget information for the MAP, IVG and ING programs will be collected via the GAP Access system for the 2018-19 academic year and is due to ISAC on or before June 1, 2018. If a school's annual budget is not final by the June deadline the budget data must be submitted with estimated figures, followed by an e-mail from the financial aid director to ISAC's School Services Department that provides the approximate date by which the final budget will be submitted.

Step-by-step instructions and operational information 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. Budget data must be entered for each approved program (MAP, IVG and/or ING Grant), and each approved school code within a program, before it is certified by the financial aid director. Refer to the GAP Access User Guide for answers to security questions.

If you have questions concerning the online process of submitting budget data to ISAC, contact a School Services Representative at 866.247.2172 or isac.schoolservices@illinois.gov.

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

2017-18 The ING Grant Benefit Usage functionality is available for colleges to report enrollment hours and benefit dollar amounts for initial, supplemental (adjustments), in-district and out-of-district requests for the all terms via the GAP Access portal. Eligibility Units will be assessed based on the benefits usage data submitted. ING Grant benefits used data should be submitted as soon as possible.

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. Schools should submit benefits used data as soon as possible and no later than the July 1, 2018 final close-out date.

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.