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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to receive your VA benefits once you are processed at Illinois Central College?

Certification usually takes 2-3 days. Once your information has been sent to the VA for processing, it could take another 30 days.

What happens if I drop a class?

Withdrawing from a class may result in overpayment and repayment of any money received for the dropped class. Please see the ICC VA office for more information before withdrawing from a class. If you do drop a class, please bring a revised schedule to the ICC VA office within 10 days.

Once I have applied for benefits, what do I have to do each semester to get paid?

After signing up for classes you must bring a copy of your schedule to the Veteran Affairs office. This must be done each semester.

Students receiving 1606, 1607, VRAP or Chapter 30 benefits must verify their enrollment at the end of each month. You can verify by calling (888) 442-4551 and follow the automated prompts or can verify online through WAVE.

What are approved programs?

While you are using VA benefits at ICC, the VA will only allow certification for classes that apply toward the requirements for an approved degree/certificate. If the VA won’t pay for a class you are taking, it’s possible that the class is not in the graduation requirements for the degree or certificate you are seeking or you may be enrolled in a non-approved program. Generally, enrollment in online and other distance learning classes can be certified to the VA. However, the VA does not allow certification for enrollment in distance learning for remedial classes. Additionally, enrollment in distance learning classes can affect your eligibility for Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

What is full time enrollment?

Refer to the chart below

  Number of Weeks Per Term
Semester Hours
Per Term
15+ 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
12+ FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT
11 ¾ FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT
10 ¾ FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT
9 ¾ ¾ FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT
8 ½ ¾ ¾ FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT
7 ½ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT
6 ½ ½ ½ ¾ ¾ ¾ FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT FT
5 ½ ½ ½ ½ ¾ ¾ ¾ FT FT FT FT FT FT FT
4 ½ ½ ½ ½ ¾ ¾ FT FT FT FT FT FT
3 ¼ ¼ ½ ½ ½ ¾ ¾ FT FT FT FT
2 ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ½ ½ ¾ FT FT FT
1 ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ½ ¾ FT

Credit Hour Equivalency
The credit hour equivalency tables show training time for nonstandard length quarters and semesters. To determine the number of weeks, count the number of days in the enrollment period (first day through the last day) and divide by 7. Disregard a remainder of 3 days or less and consider a remainder of 4 days or more a full week.

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 Gi Bill) Students
You are required to be over half time to be eligible for your BAH (housing allowance). In referring to the table above be sure that you remain in either the 3⁄4 or FT areas if you wish to be receive the BAH.

How can I check balance remaining of my benefits?

You can check your benefits balance at WAVE. Chapter 33 recipients will need to call (888) 442-4551 to verify balance.

Can I use the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG), or the Illinois National Guard Grant (ING) and my GI Bill benefits concurrently?

Yes, you can use state grants and your federal benefits at the same time. The state benefits cover your tuition and the federal benefit sends payment directly to you, the student.

*Students receiving 100% of Chapter 33 Post 9/11 benefits will not want to use IVG benefits to cover tuition, rather allowing their GI Bill to cover all tuition and fees, leaving those unused IVG units available for future use, perhaps after GI Bill benefits expire.