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For a dependent student to be considered an Illinois resident in order to receive a scholarship and/or grant:
For an independent student to be considered a resident of Illinois s/he must have physically resided in Illinois for 12 continuous full months immediately prior to the start of the academic year for which assistance is requested and Illinois must be his/her true, fixed, and permanent home.
Example: An independent student attending an institution with an academic year starting on August 22, 2011, must have resided in Illinois from August 22, 2010 through August 21, 2011.
Armed Forces and Foreign Missionary Students
U.S. Armed Forces members and foreign missionaries qualify as Illinois residents if they:
A foreign missionary is an individual who is assigned duty outside the United States by an organization that engages in educational, philanthropic, humanitarian, or altruistic works. The missionary organization must have been engaged in placing foreign missionaries for at least five years and must be exempt from the payment of federal taxes. Some examples of such organizations include the Peace Corps and the Evangelical Alliance Mission.
Applicants who are dependents of U.S. Armed Forces members or foreign missionaries will be considered an Illinois resident if their parent(s) meets the Illinois residency requirements listed in this section.
Applicants who are the spouses of U.S. Armed Forces members or foreign missionaries must demonstrate that their absence from Illinois was the result of residing with a spouse during the period of service outside the state, and must also demonstrate that their domicile continues to be Illinois.
Applicants who cease to be Illinois residents after scholarship and/or grant award notification may complete the academic year with the awarded scholarships and/or grant.
Example: If a dependent student's parent(s) moves out of state after completing the FAFSA and have received notification of scholarship and/or grant eligibility, the student remains eligible for the scholarship and/or grant for the balance of that award year, assuming the student continues to meet all other eligibility requirements.
Examples of Documentation To Prove Illinois Residency
Data from one or more of the documents listed below may provide proof that an applicant (or parent) is an Illinois resident. For independent students, the dates recorded on the documents must indicate that the applicant has resided in Illinois for the relevant twelve continuous, full months.
* The above is the definition of an Illinois resident as it applies to the following ISAC-administered gift assistance programs. (Programs not listed below may have different residency requirements and, whenever that is the case, the requirements will be outlined within that program's area at College Zone.)
College Illinois!® Capstone Loan Program (Pilot)
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