While paper ING Grant applications for the 2008-09 academic year are
available and will continue to be processed, the interactive version
can be filled out from any Internet portal worldwide, allowing
Illinois National Guard members serving overseas the ability to
apply for the grant quickly and easily.
"In a world where
technology allows us to communicate globally and instantly, our
citizen soldiers deserve nothing less from the state of Illinois,"
said Andrew Davis, executive director of the Illinois Student
Assistance Commission. "Now any Guard member with an Internet
connection has the ability to apply for the ING grant electronically
with the click of a mouse."
Additional benefits to the online application include:
-- Applicants have easy access to
program details in College Zone that will help them complete the
application accurately (e.g., participating school lists,
eligibility requirements, etc.).
that ensure completion -- When the applicant is ready to
submit the application, automatic edits are performed to make
sure all required fields have been completed with valid
responses. If errors are identified, the applicant is prompted
to correct them before the application can be submitted.
time -- The application can be accessed by the applicant,
completed, submitted and received at ISAC all on the same day
(rather than being downloaded, printed, manually completed by
the applicant and then sent via the mail).
Immediate application confirmation
receipt -- Once an electronic application has been
successfully submitted, a PDF version of the completed
application will display on-screen and may be printed or saved
as an electronic file for the applicant's records. This PDF
document will also be sent to the applicant if an e-mail address
is provided on the application.
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Application receipt deadlines for the remainder of the 2008-09
academic year are March 1 for both spring and summer terms and June
15 for the summer term only.
The application for 2009-10 academic year benefits will be
available at the College Zone
online site in mid-May.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides students of
all ages and backgrounds with the resources and support to obtain
financial aid for higher education.
A state agency, ISAC has paved the path to postsecondary
education with innovative programs for more than 50 years. Last year
alone, ISAC continued its mission to make college affordable for
Illinois students by issuing 185,000 grants and scholarships
totaling more than $448 million.
The commission coordinates educational funding with student
loans, as a loan guarantor and via numerous public programs, such as
the successful Monetary Award Program, the Illinois Veteran Grant
and College Illinois, the commission's groundbreaking 529 prepaid
college tuition program.
Students and families have free access to a wealth of financial
aid and college planning information at ISAC's family of online
sites, available at
Illinois Student Assistance
Commission file received from
Illinois Office of
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