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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Guard transcripts must be requested separately.
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
Killian , or Jeff
Spanbauer , or the Veteran Benefits Advisor, Ida
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.