JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2020-21 IVG & ING Grant Benefit Usage


Unless otherwise noted, links in this message are to corresponding pages at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website (isac.org).

This message provides information regarding the 2020-21 benefit usage reporting cycle for the Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) and Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant programs.

IVG and ING Grant Benefits Used Data Being Accepted

Effective August 26, 2020, ISAC is accepting benefit usage data for the 2020-21 IVG summer and fall terms, and for the 2020-21 ING Grant fall term.

In order to be considered timely:

  • IVG benefit usage data for the summer term must be submitted on or before Wednesday, September 30, 2020;
  • IVG benefit usage data for the fall term must be submitted on or before Thursday, December 31, 2020; and,
  • ING Grant benefit usage data for the fall term must be submitted on or before Friday, December 11, 2020.


  • Benefit usage data for the IVG and ING Grant programs is submitted to ISAC by colleges via the benefit usage functionality within each program's system. Colleges report enrollment hours and dollar amounts for initial, in-district and out-of-district benefit usage by students, as well as adjustments to previously-submitted data.
  • Although ISAC is not able to reimburse institutions for 2020-21 IVG or ING Grant awards, reporting of benefits used must still take place so that usage can be accurately reflected on students' accounts.
  • 160-byte file layout specifications for the 2020-21 IVG and ING Grant, describing the file layout to be used to send data for each program via FTP, are available within the Electronic Tools section of the e-Library for Partners.
  • Colleges are encouraged to regularly check their Benefits Results report for each program. Further details are provided in the IVG and ING Grant user guides.

Resources Available Online

More information, including detailed instructions, is available at the following locations:

GAP Access Reminders

  • Please verify that the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access Administrator at your college has established the appropriate program system (IVG and/or ING Grant) access level for all impacted staff. Instructions for establishing access to the appropriate system(s) may be found on the GAP Access page.
  • A valid GAP Access user ID and password are required in order to submit files via ISAC’s Secure File Transfer System (located at https://transfer.isac.org/). As a result, encryption (password protection) of files is not necessary.

Watch for Future Updates

Future updates regarding ISAC's military programs will be announced via our usual means of communication (i.e., the FAA Message Board, this e-Messaging system, and/or the IVG and ING Grant "Program News" pages).

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If you have any questions regarding this e-Message, please contact ISAC's School Services Department by calling toll free at 866.247.2172 or sending an e-mail message to isac.schoolservices@illinois.gov.