JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Annual Application Procedures

  1. The applicant must apply to ISAC for these educational benefits and must complete all requested information on this application. Additional documentation is not required and, if received, will not be returned to the applicant.

    Effective with the 2023-24 academic year, applicants must have a profile in the ISAC Student Portal in order to complete and submit the ING Grant interactive application (applicants can no longer access the application as "guests"). If you have not already done so, be sure to create a profile in the ISAC Student Portal. Once you have a profile, you can return to the Student Portal to check your application status, verify the number of ING Grant eligibility units you have remaining or, if necessary, print a duplicate copy of your ING Grant eligibility notification.

    In order to receive benefits, an application must be submitted for each academic year, which begins with the fall term and concludes the following summer term. No payments will be made on behalf of any eligible student unless a current and complete application has been submitted.
  2. Applications must be received by ISAC in time for eligibility to be determined and the applicant to then notify the college no later than the last scheduled day of classes for the first term for which benefits have been requested. [See Deadline Information link on the right side panel.]
  3. Applicants who submit a paper application and do not provide all requested information will be sent a “Notice of Incomplete Application.” ISAC must receive the required information before processing can continue.
  4. Qualified applicants will receive an eligibility letter from ISAC for the specific terms of eligibility during each academic year following the submission of the application. If required by the college, a qualified applicant should present his/her eligibility letter to the college financial aid office as soon as he/she receives it. The college also has deadlines for requesting payment on a student's behalf. Failure to present the eligibility letter and/or to notify ISAC of a college choice change, as required, may result in the loss of benefits.
  5. Ineligible applicants will receive written notification from ISAC of their ineligibility to receive program benefits.
  6. Payments are made to only one college per term. If the applicant enrolls at a second college for the same term, he/she must arrange for payment through the college of record.  However, the college of record is not required to bill ISAC for charges incurred at another college.
  7. For 2023-24 academic year processing, ISAC accepts applications beginning in June 2023. Allow at least four weeks for the processing of this application. Visit the ISAC website at isac.org for processing updates or call ISAC at 800.899.ISAC (4722).