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ILLINOIS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD RECRUITING


Educational Benefits as a Guard Member



For more detailed information on Educational Benefits, to include Credit by Examination (DANTES) and other educational benefits for Guardmember and their families, visit the Illinois Army National Guard Education Website.

  • FREE COLLEGE TUITION at Illinois State Supported Schools
  • 100% Federal Tuition Assistance (Private Schools)
  • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606)
  • Montgomery GI Bill "Kicker"$20,000
  • Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

FREE COLLEGE TUITION at Illinois State Supported Schools

You must have one year of Illinois National Guard time to be eligible.
With the Illinois National Guard grant, you can become eligible to attend any Illinois state funded university or Community college of your choice, tuition free for up to 4 years.
The grant can be used for a maximum of 8 semesters (12 quarters) or the equivalent at any Illinois 2 or 4 year public college for either full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate study.
To qualify, you must be a current member of the Illinois National Guard; have completed one full year; and meet all necessary college or university entrance requirements.
For more information, visit the Illinois Army National Guard Education Services Website regarding the Illinois National Guard Grant.

100% Federal Tuition Assistance (Private Schools)

The Army National Guard funds up to 100% of tuition costs and fees, not to exceed $250 per semester hour and will be limited to $4500 per person per fiscal year. Tuition Assistance may be used at any accredited public or private college or vocational school. In addition, it may be used with the Montgomery GI Bill and Pell Grants.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/ Chapter 1606)

With the MGIB-SR, you will be eligible to receive over $10,000 cash to help with your education expenses while attending college full-time or part-time. This money is paid directly to you in monthly increments while you are attending school. For more information, visit the Illinois Army National Guard Education Services Website regarding the Montgomery GI Bill.

Montgomery GI Bill "Kicker"

The Montgomery G.I. Bill "Kicker" offers qualifying members in certain critical units up to $200 per month or $350 per month for officer candidates and cadets. For more information, visit the Illinois Army National Guard Education Services Website regarding the Montgomery GI Bill Kicker or ask your recruiter for details.

$20,000 Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

The Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) will pay up to $20,000 in student loans to those who have an existing student loan obligation at the time of enlistment in the Army National Guard. The Student Loan Repayment Program will repay 15 percent (not to exceed $3,000 per year) of the total qualifying loans or $500, whichever is greater. For more information, visit the Illinois Army National Guard Education Services Website regarding the Student Loan Repayment Program.

2 Year State Supported Colleges


Black Hawk College Malcolm X College
Carl Sandburg College McHenry County College
College of DuPage Moraine Valley Community College
College of Lake County Morton Junior College
Danville Area College Oakton Community College
Elgin Communityunity College Olive-Harvey College
Frontier Community College Olney Central College
Harold Washington College Parkland College
Harry S. Truman College Prairie State College
Heartland Community College Rend Lake College
Highland Community College Richard Daley College
Illinois Central College Richland Community College
Illinois Valley Community College Rock Valley College
John A. Logan College Sauk Valley Community College
John Wood Community College Shawnee Community College
Joliet Junior College S. Suburban Community College
Kankakee Community College Southeastern Illinois College
Kaskaskia College Southwestern Illinois College
Kennedy-King College Spoon River College
Kishwaukee College Triton College
Lake Land College Wabash Valley College
Lewis & Clark Community College Waubonsee Community College
Lincoln Land Community College Wilbur Wright College
Lincoln Trail Community College William Rainey Harper



College 4 Year State Supported Schools

Chicago State University S. Illinois University - Carbondale
Eastern Illinois University S. Illinois University - Edwardsville
Governor's State University University of Illinois - Champaign
Illinois State University University of Illinois - Chicago
Northeastern Illinois University University of Illinois - Springfield
Northern Illinois University Western Illinois University