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Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program

Program News

(last updated October 6, 2017)

2017-18 Program Funding
2017-18 Interactive Application
2017-18 IVG Claims
IVG File Specifications
IVG Eligibility Data at My Zone
Comparison of Grant Programs for Veterans

2017-18

Program Funding

The FY18 state budget did not include funding for the Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG)  Program to provide for compensating institutions for waiving the tuition and fees for qualified applicants. Although, ISAC will not be able to reimburse institutions for 2017-18 IVG 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

Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, the Illinois Veteran’s Grant (IVG) application is an interactive application available via the ISAC Student Portal. In order to ensure that an application is processed in a timely manner, applicants should carefully read the instructions that displays when the application is first launched, submit all required documentation (part of the interactive application process), and contact an ISAC Call Center Representative if they are uncertain about what documentation is needed. Students should allow at least 4 weeks for processing of a complete application. Applications for IVG can be submitted anytime during the academic year for which assistance is being requested, and need to be submitted only once to establish eligibility.

To assist you with questions you receive from students regarding the IVG Program, refer to the IVG Grant pages in the Types of Financial Aid section in the Student During-College area. Refer to the Application Procedures for the IVG Grant page within this section for an overview of the application process, links to the interactive IVG Application, the sample acknowledgement e-mail and notifications.

An IVG Program application needs to be submitted only once to establish eligibility. Veterans who had submitted the paper version of the IVG Program application in prior years and were deemed eligible to receive benefits do not need to submit the interactive application. Although the online option is the preferred method of applying, applicants who are unable or prefer not to submit their IVG Program application electronically may instead download and print a PDF version and submit the completed application (along with all required documentation) to ISAC via the United States Postal Service.

Refer to the October 4 e-Message.

IVG Claims

As announced in an August 21 e-Message, claim processing for the 2017-18 IVG Program, allowing colleges to submit claims via the My Zone portal, as well as via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is available. IVG Program claim data can be submitted, via the IVG Online Payment function at My Zone,  Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. (CT).  Although ISAC does not expect to be able to reimburse institutions for 2017-18 IVG Program awards, reporting of enrollment hours must still take place so that benefit usage (i.e., eligibility units) can be accurately assessed to students' accounts.

  • Summer Term Processing Schedule

    IVG summer term enrollment hours and benefit dollar amounts can be submitted via IVG Online Payment, as well as via FTP. Summer term data is due on or before September 15, 2017. Since the summer term leads the academic year for the IVG Program, 2017-18 tuition and fees are to be used when submitting benefit dollar amounts for summer 2017. 
  • Fall and Spring Terms Processing Schedule
     
    IVG enrollment hours and benefit dollar amounts processing for the fall term will begin on September 16, 2017 and are due on or before January 15, 2018. The start date for spring term claims processing is January 16, 2018 and are due on or before May 25, 2018. Schools will receive a response of “F – Future Claim” for claims submitted prior to the term’s processing start date. These claims will be held at ISAC and then automatically be included when processing for that term begins (i.e., September 16th for fall term or January 16th for spring term).

    Refer to the IVG Claims Processing page within this section for general information about the claim process, including claim deadlines and file specifications.  Refer to the IVG Online User Guide to learn about the online payment process and claim reports. 

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.