On August 12, 2013, Illinois State Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law House Bill 2353 (Public Act 98-0306), “Higher Ed-Military-Tuition,” which grants state tuition residency to student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), allowing them to qualify for in-state tuition. This is intended to bring the actual assessed tuition at Illinois public institutions in line with the maximum benefits offered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to reduce the likelihood that recipients need to supplement their benefits in order to cover the cost of tuition and fees.
PA 98-0306 requires that Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit recipients be considered Illinois residents for tuition purposes only for the period during which they are utilizing their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Students at the University of Illinois making use of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and who might not otherwise be assessed tuition at the in-state rate will be assessed in-state tuition for a given term once they have been verified as receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for that term.
Although not required by the new law, the University maintains a compassionate practice that assists servicemembers who have made significant progress towards a degree while enrolled at the University and receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits but then exhaust their benefit eligibility just short of completing their degree. This practice:
Under this practice, a servicemember may be granted up to one year of in-state residency for tuition purposes after their eligibility for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits has been fully utilized provided they are within thirty (30) hours of completing their degree program and remain continuously enrolled.
This supplemental benefit is offered at the discretion of the University and may be changed or eliminated at any time.
Students wishing to confirm their eligibility under this practice for an extension of their in-state residency should contact the appropriate campus office at:
Urbana: (217) 333-6565 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago: (312) 996-4350 email@example.com
Springfield: (217) 206-4847 firstname.lastname@example.org
Those with more general questions about their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit eligibility should contact the campus financial aid office for further information at:
377 Henry Administration Building, MC-348
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801, USA