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Public Act 102-0855


 

Public Act 0855 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0855
 
SB3762 EnrolledLRB102 23220 KTG 32384 b

    AN ACT concerning veterans.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
30-14.2 as follows:
 
    (105 ILCS 5/30-14.2)  (from Ch. 122, par. 30-14.2)
    Sec. 30-14.2. Deceased, Disabled, and MIA/POW Veterans'
Dependents scholarship scholarships.
    (a) Any spouse, natural child, legally adopted child under
the age of 18 at the time of adoption, minor child younger than
18 who is under a court-ordered guardianship for at least 2
continuous years prior to application, or step-child under
the age of 18 at the time of marriage of an eligible veteran or
serviceperson who possesses all necessary entrance
requirements shall, upon application and proper proof, be
awarded a MIA/POW Scholarship consisting of the equivalent of
4 calendar years of full-time enrollment including summer
terms, to the state supported Illinois institution of higher
learning of his choice, subject to the restrictions listed
below.
    "Eligible veteran or serviceperson" means any veteran or
serviceperson, including an Illinois National Guard member who
is on active duty or is active on a training assignment, who
has been declared by the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs to be a prisoner of war or , be
missing in action, or has have died as the result of a
service-connected disability or has have become a person with
a permanent disability from service-connected causes with 100%
disability and who (i) at the time of entering service was an
Illinois resident, or (ii) was an Illinois resident within 6
months after entering such service, or (iii) is a resident of
Illinois at the time of application for the Scholarship and,
at some point after entering leaving such service, was a
resident of Illinois for at least 15 consecutive years.
    Full-time enrollment means 12 or more semester hours of
courses per semester, or 12 or more quarter hours of courses
per quarter, or the equivalent thereof per term. Scholarships
utilized by dependents enrolled in less than full-time study
shall be computed in the proportion which the number of hours
so carried bears to full-time enrollment.
    Scholarships awarded under this Section may be used by a
spouse or child without regard to his or her age. The holder of
a Scholarship awarded under this Section shall be subject to
all examinations and academic standards, including the
maintenance of minimum grade levels, that are applicable
generally to other enrolled students at the Illinois
institution of higher learning where the Scholarship is being
used. If the surviving spouse remarries or if there is a
divorce between the veteran or serviceperson and his or her
spouse while the dependent is pursuing his or her course of
study, Scholarship benefits will be terminated at the end of
the term for which he or she is presently enrolled. Such
dependents shall also be entitled, upon proper proof and
application, to enroll in any extension course offered by a
State supported Illinois institution of higher learning
without payment of tuition and approved fees.
    The holder of a MIA/POW Scholarship authorized under this
Section shall not be required to pay any tuition or mandatory
fees while attending a State-controlled university or public
community college in this State for a period equivalent to 4
years of enrollment, including summer terms any matriculation
or application fees, tuition, activities fees, graduation fees
or other fees, except multipurpose building fees or similar
fees for supplies and materials.
    Any dependent who has been or shall be awarded a MIA/POW
Scholarship shall be reimbursed by the appropriate institution
of higher learning for any fees which he or she has paid and
for which exemption is granted under this Section if
application for reimbursement is made within 2 months
following the end of the school term for which the fees were
paid.
    (b) In lieu of the benefit provided in subsection (a), any
spouse, natural child, legally adopted child, or step-child of
an eligible veteran or serviceperson, which spouse or child
has a physical, mental or developmental disability, shall be
entitled to receive, upon application and proper proof, a
benefit to be used for the purpose of defraying the cost of the
attendance or treatment of such spouse or child at one or more
appropriate therapeutic, rehabilitative or educational
facilities. The application and proof may be made by the
parent or legal guardian of the spouse or child on his or her
behalf.
    The total benefit provided to any beneficiary under this
subsection shall not exceed the cost equivalent of 4 calendar
years of full-time enrollment, including summer terms, at the
University of Illinois. Whenever practicable in the opinion of
the Department of Veterans' Affairs, payment of benefits under
this subsection shall be made directly to the facility, the
cost of attendance or treatment at which is being defrayed, as
such costs accrue.
    (c) The benefits of this Section shall be administered by
and paid for out of funds made available to the Illinois
Department of Veterans' Affairs. The amounts that become due
to any state supported Illinois institution of higher learning
shall be payable by the Comptroller to such institution on
vouchers approved by the Illinois Department of Veterans'
Affairs. The amounts that become due under subsection (b) of
this Section shall be payable by warrant upon vouchers issued
by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and approved
by the Comptroller. The Illinois Department of Veterans'
Affairs shall determine the eligibility of the persons who
make application for the benefits provided for in this
Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 101-334, eff. 8-9-19.)
 
    Section 10. The Children of Deceased Veterans Act is
amended by changing Sections 0.01, 1, and 2 as follows:
 
    (330 ILCS 105/0.01)  (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 25.9)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Deceased, Disabled, and MIA/POW Veterans' Dependents
Educational Opportunity Grant Act Children of Deceased
Veterans Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)
 
    (330 ILCS 105/1)  (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 26)
    Sec. 1. The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs shall
provide, insofar as moneys are appropriated for those
purposes, for matriculation and tuition fees, board, room
rent, books and supplies for the use and benefit of any natural
child, adopted child, minor child who is under a court-ordered
guardianship for at least 2 continuous years prior to
application, or step-child of an eligible veteran or
serviceperson, if the child is children, not under 10 and not
over 18 years of age, except extension of time may be granted
for a child to complete high school but in no event beyond the
19th birthday, who has who have for 12 months immediately
preceding his or her their application for these benefits had
his or her their domicile in the State of Illinois. The child
must provide proof of compliance with Illinois compulsory
attendance requirements as provided in Section 26-1 of the
School Code.
    "Eligible veteran or serviceperson" means any veteran or
serviceperson, including an Illinois National Guard member,
who is on active duty or is active on a training assignment,
who has been declared by the U.S. Department of Defense or the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be a prisoner of war or
missing in action, or has died as the result of a
service-connected disability, or has become a person with a
permanent disability from service-connected causes with 100%
disability and who (i) at the time of entering service was an
Illinois resident, or (ii) was an Illinois resident within 6
months after entering such service, or (iii) is a resident of
Illinois at the time of application for the grant and, at some
point after entering such service, was a resident of Illinois
for at least 15 consecutive years. , of World War I veterans
who were killed in action or who died between April 6, 1917,
and July 2, 1921, and of World War II veterans who were killed
in action or died after December 6, 1941, and on or before
December 31, 1946, and of Korean conflict veterans who were
killed in action or died between June 27, 1950 and January 31,
1955, and of Vietnam conflict veterans who were killed in
action or died between January 1, 1961 and May 7, 1975, as a
result of service in the Armed Forces of the United States or
from other causes of World War I, World War II, the Korean
conflict or the Vietnam conflict, who died, whether before or
after the cessation of hostilities, from service-connected
disability, and of any veterans who died during the induction
periods specified below or died of a service-connected
disability incurred during such induction periods, such
periods to be those beginning September 16, 1940, and ending
December 6, 1941, and beginning January 1, 1947 and ending
June 26, 1950 and the period beginning February 1, 1955, and
ending on the day before the first day thereafter on which
individuals (other than individuals liable for induction by
reason of prior deferment) are no longer liable for induction
for training and service into the Armed Forces under the
Universal Military Training and Service Act, and beginning
January 1, 1961 and ending May 7, 1975 and of any veterans who
are persons with a total and permanent disability as a result
of a service-connected disability (or who died while a
disability so evaluated was in existence); which children are
attending or may attend a state or private educational
institution of elementary or high school grade or a business
college, vocational training school, or other educational
institution in this State where courses of instruction are
provided in subjects which would tend to enable such children
to engage in any useful trade, occupation or profession. As
used in this Act "service-connected" means, with respect to
disability or death, that such disability was incurred or
aggravated, or that the death resulted from a disability
incurred or aggravated, in the performance of active duty or
active duty for training in the military services. Such
children shall be admitted to state educational institutions
free of tuition. No more than $250.00 may be paid under this
Act for any one child for any one school year.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)
 
    (330 ILCS 105/2)  (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 27)
    Sec. 2. The amounts that become due to any educational or
training institution, or any child under this Act, not in
excess of the amount specified in Section 1 of this Act, shall
be payable to such institution or school or child or, if such
child is a minor, to the eligible veteran or serviceperson his
parent or guardian on vouchers approved by the Illinois
Department of Veterans' Affairs. The Illinois Department of
Veterans' Affairs shall adopt rules on how to render payments
to eligible minor children of deceased veterans or
servicepersons. The Such Department shall determine the
eligibility of the children who make application for the
benefits provided for in this Act; and satisfy itself of the
attendance of such children at any such institution or school
and of the accuracy and reasonableness of the charge or
charges submitted, on account of the attendance thereat of any
such children.
(Source: P.A. 85-1440.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 5/13/2022