Eligibility Units for Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant Program
Effective for the 2005-06 academic year (which begins with the fall 2005 term*) qualified applicants may receive ING Grant benefits for the equivalent of four academic years of full-time enrollment, which is measured in eligibility units. Recipients may accumulate up to 120 eligibility units.**
The amount of eligibility a recipient has used is determined by converting credit hours (and noncredit hours for which benefits are used) to eligibility units, as indicated below:
|Number of Hours||Semester Term||Quarter Term|
|12 or more hours||12 units||8 units|
|9 - 11.99 hours||9 units||6 units|
|6 - 8.99 hours||6 units||4 units|
|3 - 5.99 hours||3 units||2 units|
|0 - 2.99 hours||1 unit||1 unit|
ING Grant eligibility units are based on the enrolled hours for a particular term, not the dollar amount of the benefits paid.
* Prior to the fall 2005 term, the maximum ING Grant benefit allowed was the equivalent of eight semesters or twelve quarters of full-time enrollment, with recipients accumulating up to 96 eligibility units. Qualified applicants who had previously accumulated 96 eligibility units can apply for the fall of 2005 (or a subsequent term) and, if they continue to meet all eligibility requirements, may then receive up to the new maximum of 120 eligibility units. All units accumulated prior to the fall 2005 term will be counted toward the 120 unit maximum.
** Full program benefits may be extended for one additional term if the recipient has accumulated fewer than 120 eligibility units but does not have enough units remaining for the number of hours in which he or she is enrolled for that term.