JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program

Program News

(last updated August 26, 2020)

2020-21 Program Funding
2020-21 Benefit Usage
IVG File Specifications
Interactive Application
Comparison of Grant Programs for Veterans

2020-21

Program Funding

The FY21 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. (IVG 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 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.

2020-21 Benefit Usage

As announced in an August 26 e-Message, ISAC is accepting benefit usage data for the 2020-21 IVG summer and fall terms. Although ISAC will not be able to reimburse institutions for 2020-21 Illinois Veteran Grant (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.

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 via the IVG system in the GAP Access portal. 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.

IVG benefit usage data is submitted in the same manner as MAP and ING claims. For additional details, refer to the IVG Grant Benefit Usage page within this section. An IVG Program User Guide, to help colleges navigate the online process, and IVG File Specifications can be accessed from the section below and from the IVG Grant Electronic Processing page.

IVG File Specifications

The 2020-21 IVG File Specifications, describing the file layout to be used to send data for the IVG Program to ISAC via File Transfer Protocol (FTP), are available within the Electronic Tools section of the e-Library. Make sure all files conform to the 160 byte format.

Enhanced security for ISAC’s File Transfer Website, requires a valid GAP Access user ID and password in order to submit benefits used files via transfer.isac.org. Additional information and instructions are provided in the FTP Process Using GAP Access Credentials Guide.

Interactive Application

The Illinois Veteran 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.The ISAC Student Portal has several tools to help IVG applicants and recipients keep track of the status of their grants.

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.

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.