Education Scholarships

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Education Scholarships 2018-08-13T13:40:18+00:00

Financial assistance for Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center courses includes the Illinois Education and Training Grant available through the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation and the GI Bill® Tuition Reimbursement program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Illinois Education and Training Grant

The Illinois Education and Training Grant is funded by the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).  The grant is awarded to eligible individuals who are pursuing a real estate degree or license in the state of Illinois, and may be used toward an Illinois REALTORS® 75-hour pre-license topics course or an Illinois REALTORS® 90-hour pre-license package.

Grant funds must be used within 12 months of the award date, may only be drawn once, and cannot exceed the maximum award of $100. Within 12 months of receiving their award letter, awardees are required to register, take, and successfully complete their course of study. After successful completion, awardees should send copies of their award letter, proof of completion, and all receipts to the address specified below for reimbursement.  Any unused funds will be returned to the Illinois Education and Training Grant Fund for use by other applicants.

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Please submit all application materials at least two weeks before enrolling in your real estate course. A complete application packet includes the application form, employment history form, two recommendation letters, proof of high school graduation or GED, and an essay from the applicant. The Illinois Education and Training Grant cannot be used for reimbursement of previously attended courses. No scholarship will be awarded retroactively.

Once you have submitted your application, please allow two weeks for applications to be reviewed. Inquiries may be directed to Laurie Clayton at lclayton@ilreef.org or (866) 854-7333.

Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) is a not-for-profit organization established to aid and promote real estate education throughout Illinois. The Foundation is supported through voluntary contributions from organizations and individuals who recognize the importance of furthering academic experience and training in the Illinois Real Estate industry. REEF scholarships are awarded to students of real estate and related fields of study.

GI Bill® Tuition Reimbursement

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Qualifying veterans can apply for reimbursement of their tuition for Illinois REALTORS® live pre-license classroom courses through the GI Bill®.  GI Bill® benefits will only apply to LIVE pre-license courses (classroom only – excludes webinars). Member associations and education partners who conduct live classes with Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center may participate.

Under the guidelines, a qualified veteran pays all course costs upfront to the branch providing the live training. The branch partner sends the Request for Veterans Benefits form to education@illinoisrealtors.org, which applies to the government for the reimbursement. Please note, it is up to the Department of Veterans Affairs whether or not the Veteran qualifies for the GI Bill® benefit. Veterans who started their coursework after July 1, 2014  may apply.

Call  (888) 442-4551 to find out if you qualify.  To apply, complete and submit the Request for Veterans Benefits to the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center.