JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant Program

Program News

(last updated July 24, 2020)

2020-21 Program Funding
2020-21 Interactive Application
2020-21 ING Eligibility Data


Program Funding

The FY21 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. (ING is an entitlement program and recipients will receive their awards regardless of annual appropriations.) Although ISAC will not be able to reimburse institutions for 2020-21 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 2020-21 academic year is available via the Student Portal. Students should allow at least 4 weeks for processing of the application. Remind applicants to select the correct academic year. In addition, 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, 2021 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

The ING Grant 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.