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92nd General Assembly

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 1        AN ACT relating to higher education student assistance.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The Higher Education Student  Assistance  Act
 5    is amended by changing Section 40 as follows:

 6        (110 ILCS 947/40)
 7        Sec. 40.  Veteran grant. Any person (i) who served in the
 8    armed  forces  of the United States, not including members of
 9    the Student Army Training Corps, (ii)  who  at  the  time  of
10    entering  service was an Illinois resident or was an Illinois
11    resident within 6 months of entering such service, (iii)  and
12    who  returned  to  Illinois  within  6  months  after leaving
13    service or, if married to  a  person  in  continued  military
14    service stationed outside Illinois, within 6 months after his
15    or  her  spouse has left service or has been stationed within
16    Illinois, (iv) and who has  been  honorably  discharged  from
17    such  service  or  has received a general discharge from such
18    service under honorable conditions, and (v) who possesses all
19    necessary entrance requirements shall,  except  as  otherwise
20    provided  in  this Act, upon application and proper proof, be
21    awarded  an  Illinois  Veteran  Grant   consisting   of   the
22    equivalent  of  4  calendar  years  of  full-time enrollment,
23    including summer terms, to the  State-controlled  college  or
24    university  or community college of his choice. Such veterans
25    shall also be entitled, upon proper proof and application, to
26    enroll in any extension course offered by a  State-controlled
27    college  or  university  or  community  college  without  the
28    payment of tuition or fees.
29        Any  veteran  who  so  served,  and  who,  at the time of
30    entering such service, was a student  at  a  State-controlled
31    college  or  university  or  community  college,  and who was
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 1    honorably discharged from such service or received a  general
 2    discharge  from  such  service  under  honorable  conditions,
 3    shall, upon application and proper proof be awarded a Veteran
 4    Grant  entitling  him  to complete his course of study at any
 5    State-controlled college or university or  community  college
 6    of  his  choice,  but  shall  not  be  entitled  to  a  grant
 7    consisting of more than the equivalent of 4 calendar years of
 8    full-time enrollment including summer sessions.
 9        Any  member  of the armed forces of the United States who
10    either (i) has served in such armed forces at least one year,
11    or (ii) has served in the armed forces of the  United  States
12    for  less than one year in a time of hostilities in a foreign
13    country, and who would be qualified for a  grant  under  this
14    Section  if he had been discharged from such service shall be
15    eligible to receive a Veteran Grant under this Section.
16        The holder of a Veteran  Grant  to  the  State-controlled
17    college  or  university or community college of his choice as
18    authorized under this Section shall not be  required  to  pay
19    any  matriculation  or  application fees, tuition, activities
20    fees, graduation fees,  or  other  fees  except  multipurpose
21    building fees or similar fees for supplies and materials.
22        Any  veteran  who  has been or shall be awarded a Veteran
23    Grant  shall  be  reimbursed  by  the  appropriate   college,
24    university,  or  community  college for any fees which he has
25    paid and for which exemption is granted under  this  Section,
26    if  application  for  reimbursement  is  made within 2 months
27    following the school term for which the fees were paid.
28        A Veteran Grant shall be considered an entitlement  which
29    the  State-controlled  college  or  university  or  community
30    college  in  which the holder is enrolled shall honor without
31    any condition other than the holder's maintenance of  minimum
32    grade levels and a satisfactory student loan repayment record
33    pursuant to subsection (c) of Section 20.
34        A  grant  authorized  under  this  Section  shall  not be
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 1    awarded to veterans who received a discharge from  the  armed
 2    forces of the United States under dishonorable conditions, or
 3    to  any  veteran  whose service with the armed forces was for
 4    less than one year unless he received an honorable  discharge
 5    or  a  general discharge under honorable conditions from such
 6    service for medical  reasons  directly  connected  with  such
 7    service, except for those veterans discharged prior to August
 8    11,  1967  whose  service  may be for less than one year, and
 9    except for those veterans (i) who serve in the  armed  forces
10    of  the  United  States  for  less than one year in a time of
11    hostilities in a foreign country  and  (ii)  who  receive  an
12    honorable  discharge  or  a general discharge under honorable
13    conditions.
14        The amounts  that  become  due  to  any  State-controlled
15    college  or  university or community college shall be payable
16    by the Comptroller to that institution on  vouchers  approved
17    by   the  Commission.   The  Commission,  or  its  designated
18    representative  at  that  institution,  shall  determine  the
19    eligibility of the  persons  who  make  application  for  the
20    benefits  provided  for  in  this Section.  The Department of
21    Veterans' Affairs shall assist the Commission in  determining
22    the  eligibility  of  applicants.   On  July  29,  1986,  the
23    Illinois  Department  of Veterans' Affairs shall transfer and
24    deliver  to  the  Commission  all  books,  records,   papers,
25    documents,  applications  and  pending  business  in  any way
26    pertaining to  the  duties,  responsibilities  and  authority
27    theretofore exercised or performed by the Illinois Department
28    of Veterans' Affairs under and pursuant to Section 4.1 of the
29    Department of Veterans Affairs Act.
30        The  benefits  provided  for  in  this  Section  shall be
31    available  as  long  as  the  federal   government   provides
32    educational  benefits to veterans.  No benefits shall be paid
33    under this Section, except  for  veterans  who  already  have
34    begun  their  education  under  this  Section, after 6 months
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 1    following the termination of educational benefits to veterans
 2    by  the  federal  government.   If  the  federal   government
 3    terminates  educational  benefits  to veterans and at a later
 4    time resumes those benefits, the  benefits  of  this  Section
 5    shall resume.
 6        As  used  in  this  Section,  "time  of  hostilities in a
 7    foreign country" means any action by the armed forces of  the
 8    United  States  that  is  recognized  by  the  issuance  of a
 9    Presidential proclamation or a Presidential  executive  order
10    and  in  which  the armed forces expeditionary medal or other
11    campaign service medals are awarded according to Presidential
12    executive order.
13    (Source: P.A. 90-752, eff. 8-14-98; 91-496, eff. 8-13-99.)

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