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90_HB0467eng 110 ILCS 947/40 Amends the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. Excepts from the general requirement that in order to receive a Veteran Grant a veteran's service with the armed forces be for at least one year a veteran whose service with the armed forces is for less than one year but includes active military duty in Bosnia. Effective immediately. LRB9002424THpkA HB0467 Engrossed LRB9002424THpkA 1 AN ACT to amend the Higher Education Student Assistance 2 Act by changing Section 40. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act 6 is amended by changing Section 40 as follows: 7 (110 ILCS 947/40) 8 Sec. 40. Veteran grant. Any person who served in the 9 armed forces of the United States, not including members of 10 the Student Army Training Corps, who at the time of entering 11 service was an Illinois resident or was an Illinois resident 12 within 6 months of entering such service, and who returned to 13 Illinois within 6 months after leaving service or, if married 14 to a person in continued military service stationed outside 15 Illinois, within 6 months after his or her spouse has left 16 service or has been stationed within Illinois, and who has 17 been honorably discharged from such service, and who 18 possesses all necessary entrance requirements shall, except 19 as otherwise provided in this Act, upon application and 20 proper proof, be awarded an Illinois Veteran Grant consisting 21 of the equivalent of 4 calendar years of full-time 22 enrollment, including summer terms, to the State-controlled 23 college or university or community college of his choice. 24 Such veterans shall also be entitled, upon proper proof and 25 application, to enroll in any extension course offered by a 26 State-controlled college or university or community college 27 without the payment of tuition or fees. 28 Any veteran who so served, and who, at the time of 29 entering such service, was a student at a State-controlled 30 college or university or community college, and who was 31 honorably discharged from such service, shall, upon HB0467 Engrossed -2- LRB9002424THpkA 1 application and proper proof be awarded a Veteran Grant 2 entitling him to complete his course of study at any 3 State-controlled college or university or community college 4 of his choice, but shall not be entitled to a grant 5 consisting of more than the equivalent of 4 calendar years of 6 full-time enrollment including summer sessions. 7 Any member of the armed forces of the United States who 8 either (i) has served in such armed forces at least one year, 9 or (ii) has served in
whose service withthe armed forces of 10 the United States isfor less than one year in a time of 11 hostilities in a foreign country but includes active military12 duty, including service in the Persian Gulf War or in13 military operations to aid Somalia, with the armed forces of14 the United States, and who would be qualified for a grant 15 under this Section if he had been discharged from such 16 service shall be eligible to receive a Veteran Grant under 17 this Section. 18 The holder of a Veteran Grant to the State-controlled 19 college or university or community college of his choice as 20 authorized under this Section shall not be required to pay 21 any matriculation or application fees, tuition, activities 22 fees, graduation fees, or other fees except multipurpose 23 building fees or similar fees for supplies and materials. 24 Any veteran who has been or shall be awarded a Veteran 25 Grant shall be reimbursed by the appropriate college, 26 university, or community college for any fees which he has 27 paid and for which exemption is granted under this Section, 28 if application for reimbursement is made within 3 months 29 following the school term for which the fees were paid. 30 A Veteran Grant shall be considered an entitlement which 31 the State-controlled college or university or community 32 college in which the holder is enrolled shall honor without 33 any condition other than the holder's maintenance of minimum 34 grade levels and a satisfactory student loan repayment record HB0467 Engrossed -3- LRB9002424THpkA 1 pursuant to subsection (c) of Section 20. 2 A grant authorized under this Section shall not be 3 awarded to veterans who received a discharge from the armed 4 forces of the United States under dishonorable conditions, or 5 to any veteran whose service with the armed forces was for 6 less than one year unless he received an honorable discharge 7 from such service for medical reasons directly connected with 8 such service, except for those veterans discharged prior to 9 August 11, 1967 whose service may be for less than one year, 10 and except for those veterans (i) who serve in whose service11 withthe armed forces of the United States isfor less than 12 one year in a time of hostilities in a foreign country but13 includes active military duty, including service in the14 Persian Gulf War or in military operations to aid Somalia,15 with the armed forces of the United States,and (ii) who 16 receive an honorable discharge. 17 The amounts that become due to any State-controlled 18 college or university or community college shall be payable 19 by the Comptroller to that institution on vouchers approved 20 by the Commission. The Commission, or its designated 21 representative at that institution, shall determine the 22 eligibility of the persons who make application for the 23 benefits provided for in this Section. The Department of 24 Veterans' Affairs shall assist the Commission in determining 25 the eligibility of applicants. On July 29, 1986, the 26 Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs shall transfer and 27 deliver to the Commission all books, records, papers, 28 documents, applications and pending business in any way 29 pertaining to the duties, responsibilities and authority 30 theretofore exercised or performed by the Illinois Department 31 of Veterans' Affairs under and pursuant to Section 4.1 of the 32 Department of Veterans Affairs Act. 33 The benefits provided for in this Section shall be 34 available as long as the federal government provides HB0467 Engrossed -4- LRB9002424THpkA 1 educational benefits to veterans. No benefits shall be paid 2 under this Section, except for veterans who already have 3 begun their education under this Section, after 6 months 4 following the termination of educational benefits to veterans 5 by the federal government. If the federal government 6 terminates educational benefits to veterans and at a later 7 time resumes those benefits, the benefits of this Section 8 shall resume. 9 As used in this Section, "time of hostilities in a 10 foreign country" means any action by the armed forces of the 11 United States that is recognized by the issuance of a 12 Presidential proclamation or a Presidential executive order 13 and in which the armed forces expeditionary medal or other 14 campaign service medals are awarded according to Presidential 15 executive order. 16 (Source: P.A. 87-895; 87-997; 88-179.) 17 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 18 becoming law.
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