Veteran's Benefits

(CONSUMER INFORMATION DISCLOSURE)

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges are Service members Opportunity Institutions and are approved by the Illinois State Approving Agency for Veterans. We are honored to serve our area Veterans.

Veterans Administration Educational Benefits

‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site

Apply for the GI Bill®

If you, or a family member, served on active duty for at least 90 days, you may be eligible for education benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veteran, service member, or qualified family member must apply with VA Form 22-1990 or VA Form 22-5490 in person or by mail with a VA regional benefit office or online at www.va.gov.

To apply for benefits, you must have:

  • Social Security Number
  • Direct Deposit information for your bank account
  • Education and Military history
  • Basic information about the school or training facility you plan to attend.Eligibility is determined by the VA. Upon the eligibility determination, the individual will receive a certificate of eligibility which must be kept on file in the Financial Aid Office.
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The Post-9/11 GI Bill® offers up to 36 months of education benefits for higher education and training benefits to Veterans, Service members, and their families who served a minimum of 90 days after September 10, 2001. Benefits include tuition and fees paid to the institution and a monthly housing allowance and book stipend paid to the student. The benefit eligibility percentage is based on length of service.

The Montgomery GI Bill® assists active duty and Reservists with the pursuit of higher education degrees, certificates, and other education and training. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits to Veterans and Service members who have at least two years of active duty, was honorably discharged, and has a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit. Other requirements apply based on when the Service member entered active duty. Benefits are paid to the student as a monthly basic housing allowance.

The Montgomery GI Bill® assists Reservists with the pursuit of higher education degrees, certificates, and other education and training. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education and training benefits to members of the Selected Reserve that have a six-year obligation or, for officers, have agreed to serve six years in addition to the initial obligation. The Service member must also have completed the initial active duty for training, have a high school diploma or equivalent before completing IADT, and remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. Benefits are paid to the student as a monthly basic housing allowance.

Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if an individual entered the service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and opened a contribution from his or her military pay prior to April 1, 1987, to participate in this program. There is no active application for this program, but benefits can be certified if a Veteran has previously been notified of eligibility.

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) offers up to 45 months of education and training opportunities to eligible children and spouses of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. Benefits are paid monthly to the student.

The Fry Scholarship is available for children and spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001, is missing in action or was captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, was detained by force while in the line of duty by a foreign government or power, or is in the hospital (or receiving outpatient treatment) for a service-connected permanent and total disability. Benefits offered by this program are equivalent to the Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

Benefits Usage and Processing

Eligible Veterans and/or their dependents can use these educational benefits to work towards a degree, train for a specific career, trade, or industry, work in co-op training or work study, and/or take classes from home. Students should submit a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214 Member 4 for the Veteran to the Financial Aid Office to confirm eligibility for benefits. Benefits may be certified for one term without these documents. If a student is transferring to IECC and has used benefits elsewhere, the Financial Aid Office will collect VA Form 22-1995 or 22-5495 to request a change in program or place of training.


State of Illinois Veterans Benefits

To take advantage of benefits available through the State, review the full list of eligibility requirements for each program that follows and complete the application by visiting the ISAC Student Portal.

The Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) is an entitlement program that waives tuition and mandatory fees for eligible applicants at Illinois public colleges or community colleges regardless of the state funding level. Qualified applicants may use this grant at the undergraduate or graduate level for the equivalent of four full-time academic years measured by eligibility units.

Eligibility
To be considered eligible for IVG, a student must apply for this program online at studentportal.isac.org and:

  • Meet one of the two following criteria:
    • Have served at least one year of federal active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, which may include the Illinois National Guard and the Reserve component of the Armed Forces;
    • Regardless of length of service, have served in a foreign country in a time of hostilities in that country; was medically discharged for service related reasons; or was discharged prior to August 11, 1967.
  • Have received an honorable discharge for each period of federal active duty service, and/or be honorably serving.
  • Not be a current member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).
  • Meet one of the two following criteria:
    • Have been a resident of Illinois at the time of entering federal active duty or within six months prior to entering the service;
    • Have been a student at an Illinois public 2- or 4-year college at the time of entering federal active duty.
  • Meets one of the two following criteria:
    • Have established, or plan to establish, Illinois residency within six months after leaving federal active duty service;
    • If married to a person in continued military service:
      • Have applied for this grant within six months after and including the date that the spouse was stationed within Illinois;
      • If spouse was stationed outside Illinois, have a plan to establish Illinois residency within six months after and including the date the spouse separated.
  • Reside in Illinois unless the student is serving federal active duty service at the time of enrollment in college or residing with a spouse in continued military service who is currently stationed outside of Illinois.
  • Be enrolled at an Illinois 2- or 4- year college and maintain the minimum grade point average (GPA) required by the college.
  • Not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any state or federal grant.

Applications should not be submitted later than the last day of the term the student is enrolled to be considered for benefits in that term. Qualified applicants will receive an IVG Notice of Eligibility Letter and Addendum that should be taken to the Financial Aid Office where a copy of this letter will be retained in the student’s Veteran file. A notice of eligibility from ISAC must be used by the institution to establish a qualified applicant’s initial eligibility.

Benefit Usage and Processing
Upon receipt of the Notice of Eligibility letter, the Financial Aid Office will notify the Business Office of the student’s eligibility for IVG benefits. The Business Office will submit a payment request to ISAC to report the total number of hours for which payment is being requested and will then apply payment to the Veteran’s account.

The Illinois National Guard (ING) grant is an entitlement program that waives tuition and eligible fees for qualified applicants at Illinois public colleges or community colleges regardless of the state funding level. Qualified applicants may use this grant at the undergraduate or graduate level for the equivalent of four or six full-time academic years measured by eligibility units.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the ING grant, students must apply for the program annually and:

  • Be an Illinois National Guard member, defined as meeting one of the two following criteria:
    • Be active in the Illinois National Guard;
    • Have been active in the Illinois National Guard for at least five consecutive years and have been called to federal active duty for at least six months and be within 12 months after the discharge date from the Illinois National Guard.
  • Have completed one full year of service in the Illinois National Guard.
  • Be an enlisted member or an officer (Public Act 94-583).
  • Be enrolled at an Illinois public 2- or 4- year college and maintain an acceptable grade point average (GPA) determined by the institution.
  • Not be in default on any student loan, or owe a refund on any state or federal grant.

Applications must be submitted by October 1 of the aid year for full year benefit consideration, March 1 for second and/or third semester/quarter consideration, and June 15 for only summer term consideration.

Benefit Usage and Processing
Upon receipt of the Notice of Eligibility letter, the Financial Aid Office will notify the Business Office of the student’s eligibility for ING grant benefits. The Business Office will submit a payment request to ISAC in order to report the total number of hours for which payment is being requested following the tuition refund/withdrawal period and prior to the priority claim date for the term.

This scholarship is administered by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and provides tuition and certain fees for dependents of persons who were Illinois residents at the time they entered active duty and have been declared to be prisoners of war, missing in action, died as the result of a service-connected disability, or disabled with 100% disability as a result of a service-connected cause as recognized by the U.S Department of Veterans’ Affairs or U.S. Department of Defense.

Eligibility
Any spouse, natural child, legally adopted child, or step-child of an eligible veteran or serviceperson who possesses all necessary entrance requirements shall, upon application and proper proof, be awarded the MIA/POW Scholarship. The child must begin using the scholarship prior to his or her twenty-sixth birthday. Qualified applicants will receive an I.D. card for the scholarship.

Benefit Usage and Processing
Students receiving the MIA/POW Scholarship should submit a copy of the I.D. card to the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Office will notify the Business Office of a student’s eligibility. The scholarship will be applied to applicable tuition and fees.

 

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Benefits

If you have a service-connected disability of a least 10% and received a discharge status other than dishonorable, you are eligible to apply for VR&E services which may include post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical, or business school. Apply through your e-benefits account by clicking here.