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Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program

Program News

(last updated April 5, 2015)

2015-16 Gift Assistance Budgets via GAP Access
2014-15 Payment Processing

IVG File Specifications

IVG Eligibility Data at My Zone
Comparison of Grant Programs for Veterans


2015-16 Gift Assistance Budgets via GAP Access

As announced in an April 6 e-Message, budget information for the MAP, IVG and ING programs will be collected via the GAP Access system for the 2015-16 academic year and is due to ISAC on or before June 1, 2015. The requested information follows the same format as that used to for the 2014-15 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 GAP Access User Guide for answers to security questions.


Funds were not allocated by the Illinois General Assembly for the FY2015 Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program. As a result, ISAC will not be able to reimburse institutions for 2014-15 IVG Grant awards. However, payment requests still must be submitted so eligibility units can be accurately assessed to students’ accounts.

IVG Payment Processing

As announced in an August 5 e-Message, payment processing for the 2014-15 IVG Program, allowing colleges to submit IVG Program payment requests via the My Zone portal, as well as via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is available. IVG Program claim data can be submitted Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. (CT). Although the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will not be able to reimburse institutions for 2014-15 Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program still must be submitted so eligibility units can be accurately assessed to students' accounts. Colleges provide ISAC with the claim data needed to assess IVG eligibility units, which is a required activity, via the IVG Online Payment function at My Zone.

Summer Term Processing Schedule

2014-15 tuition and fees are to be used when claiming payment for summer 2014, because the summer term leads the academic year for the IVG Program. Summer term claims are due on or before September 15, 2014.

Fall and Spring Terms Processing Schedule

IVG claims processing for the fall term will begin on September 16, 2014 and are due on or before January 15, 2015. The start date for spring term claims processing is January 16, 2015 and are due on or before May 25, 2015. Schools will receive a response of "F - Future Claim" for payment requests submitted prior to the term's processing start date. These claims will be held at ISAC and then automatically processed when payment processing for that term begins (i.e., September 16th for fall term or January 16th for spring term).

General information about the IVG payment process, including payment request deadlines, can be accessed from the IVG section within the Gift Assistance area. Refer to the IVG Program at My Zone to learn about the online payment process, reports and to access the IVG Online User Guide.

IVG File Specifications

The IVG File Specifications are available from the Electronic Tools page within the e-Library.

  • IVG Master File Specifications
  • IVG Payment Request File Specifications - describes the 80-byte file layout used to submit IVG payment requests to ISAC via File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • IVG Payment Results Extract File Specifications

All schools must contact School Services to obtain an ID and password if you want to participate in the IVG FTP process. If you already participate in the MAP FTP process, the ID and password will be the same. A new ID and password will be provided if you do not already participate in the MAP FTP process. While not required, schools interested in scheduling the transmission of an IVG FTP test file may set this up with School Services.

IVG Eligibility Data at My Zone

IVG eligibility data is available to view online from the Student Info option within the IVG section at My Zone. Eligibility data is refreshed nightly whenever there is new or updated eligible records. Colleges can monitor whether a veteran has remaining IVG eligibility and obtain a complete payment history for all veterans on record that can be sorted in both a Social Security Number (SSN) order and in alpha order

Refer to the Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program page in My Zone for instructions on how to view eligibility data online, request a report and print and/or save it in a PDF format, and download the IVG Master File.

Comparison of Grant Programs for Veterans

Students who qualify for the Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) program and the Montgomery or Post-9/11 GI Bills may receive benefits from both programs during the same academic year for eligible educational expenses. Several documents are available from the IVG Eligibility Requirements page within this section, to assist schools and students with the comparison of grant programs for veterans, the impact of GI Bill programs on IVG and a document to assist students with choosing the best program for them.