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Veterans Information

IVCC is committed to serving our active duty, veterans, and their eligible family members.  We are here to assist you in accessing education benefits.  Several programs and services are available to active duty, veterans, and their families.  Be sure to contact us for assistance.  Thank you for choosing IVCC. 

Financial Aid and Veteran Benefits Office

We are located in Room CTC101R.  Call for an appointment or walk-ins are welcome.  For more information, contact Ida Brown at 815.224.0200 or via email at ida_brown@ivcc.edu.

The Financial Aid and Veteran Benefits Office will help you file the appropriate forms to process your educational benefit claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the State of Illinois Veterans Administration, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), and the Department of Education.  We are also available to answer questions about veteran benefits and financial aid, and direct you to college support services that will help you succeed in college courses.  We are available to assist you or refer you to the appropriate resource for any questions you may have in regard to your education.

Federal Programs

Individuals should allow a minimum of 6-8 weeks after an application for benefits and all supporting documents have been submitted to the VA before receiving notification of eligibility.

Chapter 1606 Educational Assistance (Selected Reserve Program) Educational assistance is available to individuals who are members of the Selected Reserve, which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  This educational assistance is also available to members of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard.  Reservists may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of educational benefits.  Generally, benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of eligibility for the program.

 

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP)  Educational assistance is available to individuals who are members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.  The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security will determine who is eligible for this program.

 

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty)  Educational assistance is available to individuals who have an honorable discharge and meet additional eligibility criteria as determined by the VA.  This program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits.  Generally, benefit entitlement ends 10 years following the release from active duty.

 

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill  Financial support is available for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.  Generally, benefit entitlement ends 15 years following the release from active duty.  While the Post-9/11 GI Bill expands the number of people who qualify for education support from the VA, individuals who may qualify for more than one education program may or may not receive the greatest benefits through the Chapter 33 program.  Prior to applying for education benefits, each potential applicant is encouraged to complete a thorough benefit comparison of eligibility through each program because the decision to apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill is irrevocable.

 

Comparison of Benefits Veterans who may be eligible for Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 are strongly encouraged to review their benefits under each program to determine which choice is most beneficial to them.  For many eligible veterans, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides more attractive benefits than other veteran education benefit programs, however, veterans should carefully review all their options before making the irrevocable decision to apply for and utilize Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.  Once you elect to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you will no longer be eligible to receive benefits under the program from which you elected the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  As you consider different scenarios, pay careful attention to the differences that occur when changing from full-time to half-time and in the amount of the housing allowance you would be eligible to receive based on the location of the school you would be attending.

 

In addition to reviewing the monetary benefit amounts, students should also consider what type of training or education they are planning on pursuing, how important the time frame to utilize benefits, and whether or not they have remaining entitlement under other VA education programs.

ILLINOIS VETERANS:  Most Illinois veterans who have served on active duty for at least 3 years with a portion of that time after September 10, 2001 are able to use their Active Duty GI Bill (CH. 30) and IVG concurrently for 36 months and then switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill for an additional 12 months.  Veterans eligible for multiple programs may be able to maximize their GI Bill benefits for up to 48 months but no more than 48 months. 

 

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation  Veterans with a service connected disability may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services by the VA.  After applying they will work with their Veterans Benefits Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Counselor, who will notify the IVCC Veterans Benefits Advisor of each veteran's eligibility.

 

Chapter 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)  Educational assistance is available to eligible dependents of certain veterans and may provide up to 45 months of educational benefits.

 

VONAPP (the website for applying for VA benefits)   Apply for any version of the GI Bill as well as a variety of other programs using the VONAPP website.

 

Federal Student Financial Aid  There are various federal financial aid programs available through the U.S. Department of Education including the Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, College Work-Study, and Stafford Student Loans. All veterans and military personnel are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

State Programs

Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG)   Veterans who have served at least one year of federal active duty service in the Armed Forces of the United States; or served on federal active duty service in a foreign country during a time of hostilities in that country and were honorably discharged after each period of federal active duty service; and/or are honorably serving may be eligible for the Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program.  Any member of the Illinois National Guard or a Reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States who meets the eligibility requirements is considered a qualified applicant for the IVG Program.  Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit an IVG program application if they anticipate attending college at any point in the future. The IVG pays eligible tuition and mandatory fees for up to 120 units (Generally the equivalent of a 4 year degree.)

Veterans who qualify for both the Illinois Veteran Grant and the Montgomery G.I. Bill may receive benefits from both programs during the same academic year.

Illinois National Guard Grant (ING) Members of the Illinois National Guard may be eligible to receive the Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant.  This grant pays for eligible tuition costs and certain fees for a maximum of the equivalent of four academic years of full-time enrollment.  Illinois National Guard Members must complete an online application.

MIA/POW Scholarship The dependent of a person who was an Illinois resident at the time he/she entered active duty and has been declared to be a prisoner of war, missing in action, dead as a result of a service-connected disability, or disabled with a 100 percent disability as the result of a service-connected cause as recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Department of Defense may be eligible to receive the MIA/POW Scholarship.  This scholarship may be used at public colleges in Illinois, and is administered by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.  Additional information, as well as an application, is available at Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

The various federal and state programs require the student to maintain satisfactory academic progress to maintain eligibility for their program.  In general the student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and a 67% completion rate to continue to be eligible.  Please see the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for more complete information.

Credit for Military Training

Veterans may be awarded up to 6 semester credit hours toward their degree by submitting the Member-4 copy of their DD-214 to the Admissions and Records Office.

Veterans may be eligible to receive additional transfer credit for specialized military training in accordance with recommended standards outlined by the American Council on Education (ACE). One of the following documents as well as the Request for Evaluation of Transcript must be submitted to the IVCC Admissions and Records Office to receive this credit.  Unofficial copies or transcripts printed from the Internet cannot be accepted.

Army, Navy and Marine Corps: Active Duty, Reserve or Veterans may have a transcript sent to the college through the Joint Services Transcript site.  Air Force orCoast Guard transcripts must be requested separately.

 

Student Veterans Association

The Student Veterans Association is a student-led organization committed to fostering a veteran friendly climate on campus.  This organization is open to all veterans, reservists, or active duty military personnel. The SVA meets in the Veteran’s Lounge, C-105B.  We provide education and outreach for student veterans at IVCC.  We provide a support system for student veterans and promote awareness of veteran issues.  For more information, contact one the staff advisors,  Missy Killian , or  Jeff Spanbauer , or the Veteran Benefits Advisor,  Ida Brown.

Verification of Benefits

Students receiving Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty), Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve Program), and Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance) benefits must verify their enrollment the last day of each month (or after) with the VA by calling 877.823.2378 or online at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - WAVE.