100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
Introduced , by Rep. Mary E. Flowers
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. Requires the
Illinois Student Assistance Commission to award grants to students in
financial need whose household income is less than the poverty guidelines
updated periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services and who are enrolled for at least 15 credit hours
in a public university. Provides that the Commission shall receive funding
for the grants through appropriations, with each grant awarded being in an
amount sufficient to pay the cost of attendance at the university in which
the student is enrolled for 2 semesters of enrollment within an academic
year. Defines "cost of attendance" to mean the tuition and fee, room and
board, and book and supply costs related to a student's attendance at a
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
amended by adding Section 65.95 as follows:
(110 ILCS 947/65.95 new)
Need-based grant program.
(a) In this Section, "cost of attendance" means the tuition
and fee, room and board, and book and supply costs related to a
student's attendance at a public university.
(b) Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, the
Commission shall, each year, consider applications for grant
assistance under this Section. An applicant is eligible for a
grant under this Section if the Commission finds that the
applicant meets all of the following qualifications:
(1) He or she is a United States citizen or eligible
(2) He or she is a resident of this State.
(3) He or she is enrolled, for at least 15 credit
hours, in a public university and has not earned a
bachelor's degree yet. A grant recipient must submit proof
to the Commission each semester that he or she is still
enrolled in the university.