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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.
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(4) He or she demonstrates financial need, as
determined by the Commission, and his or her household
income is less than the poverty guidelines updated
periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services under the authority of 42
(5) He or she maintains satisfactory academic
progress, as determined by the university.
(c) Subject to appropriation, each year the Commission
shall award grants under this Section among applicants
qualified pursuant to subsection (b) of this Section. The
Commission shall receive funding for the grants through
(d) Each grant awarded under this Section shall be 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. However, the total amount
of grant assistance awarded by the Commission under this
Section to an individual for any given academic year, when
added to other financial assistance awarded to that individual
for that year, shall not exceed the cost of attendance at the
university at which the student is enrolled. If, in any fiscal
year, the amount appropriated for grants is less than the
amount determined necessary to cover the cost of attendance for
all eligible applicants, then the grants shall be
proportionately reduced accordingly.
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(e) Payment of any grant under this Section shall be
determined by the Commission. All grant funds distributed in
accordance with this Section shall be paid to the university on
behalf of the recipient.
(f) The Commission shall administer the grant program
established by this Section and shall make all necessary and
proper rules not inconsistent with this Section for its