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FAQ - Military Programs
Where can military service members, veterans, and their families find assistance on campus at WIU?
- The Veterans Resource Center can provided individualized assistance and services to military personnel. Veterans, reservists, guard members, or those currently serving in any branch of the military can register with the VRC to receive important University news, updates, and programs.
If I am eligible for both the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) and the Illinois National Guard grant (ING), which one should I use first?
- Normally, you would want to use the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) because IVG covers more educational expenses (tuition and all mandatory fees), whereas, the ING program covers tuition and one fee (activity). However, if you plan to attend an Illinois public university for graduate school and will not be in the National Guard at that time, you may wish to save IVG for later use since the grant is limited to 4-years of full-time attendance.
What is the "new" GI Bill?
- The Post 9/11 GI Bill is an education program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.
When does the Post 9/11 GI Bill begin?
- The program begins for any period of education starting on or after August 1, 2009.
Am I eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits?
- You may very well be eligible if you served at least 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001 and were honorably discharged.
How many months of assistance can I receive under the Post 9/11 GI Bill?
- Qualified applicants may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Actual benefits are figured on a percentage from 90 days of qualified active duty service up to full benefits for 36 months of active duty service.
Are the Veterans Grant and the GI Bill Benefits (Veterans Educational Benefits) two separate programs?
- Yes. The Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) is a state program. The application is submitted to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Once approved, the credit will be applied to your University account for tuition and mandatory fees. The GI Bill Benefits is a federal program. The application is submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once approved, you will self-certify on STARS each semester after which you will receive a monthly check directly.
Is it possible to have an Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG), the G.I. Bill (Federal Veterans Educational Benefits), and student financial aid at the same time?
- Yes, it is possible. However, all are separate programs and each program requires a separate application.
Why would my Illinois National Guard (ING) grant not be credited to my student account?
- The ING grant requires an annual application. If you have already applied, have received confirmation of eligibility from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, and are a registered student, please contact us.
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