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1     AN ACT concerning education.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 5. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
5 amended by changing Section 35 as follows:
6     (110 ILCS 947/35)
7     Sec. 35. Monetary award program.
8     (a) The Commission shall, each year, receive and consider
9 applications for grant assistance under this Section. Subject
10 to a separate appropriation for such purposes, an applicant is
11 eligible for a grant under this Section when the Commission
12 finds that the applicant:
13         (1) is a resident of this State and a citizen or
14     permanent resident of the United States; and
15         (2) in the absence of grant assistance, will be
16     deterred by financial considerations from completing an
17     educational program at the qualified institution of his or
18     her choice.
19     (b) The Commission shall award renewals only upon the
20 student's application and upon the Commission's finding that
21 the applicant:
22         (1) has remained a student in good standing;
23         (2) remains a resident of this State; and



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1         (3) is in a financial situation that continues to
2     warrant assistance.
3     (c) All grants shall be applicable only to tuition and
4 necessary fee costs. The Commission shall determine the grant
5 amount for each student, which shall not exceed the smallest of
6 the following amounts:
7         (1) subject to appropriation, $5,468 for fiscal year
8     2009, $5,968 for fiscal year 2010, and $6,468 for fiscal
9     year 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter $4,968, or such
10     lesser amount as the Commission finds to be available,
11     during an academic year; or
12         (2) the amount which equals 2 semesters or 3 quarters
13     tuition and other necessary fees required generally by the
14     institution of all full-time undergraduate students; or
15         (3) such amount as the Commission finds to be
16     appropriate in view of the applicant's financial
17     resources.
18     Subject to appropriation, the maximum grant amount for
19 students not subject to subdivision (1) of this subsection (c)
20 must be increased by the same percentage as any increase made
21 by law to the maximum grant amount under subdivision (1) of
22 this subsection (c).
23 "Tuition and other necessary fees" as used in this Section
24 include the customary charge for instruction and use of
25 facilities in general, and the additional fixed fees charged
26 for specified purposes, which are required generally of



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1 nongrant recipients for each academic period for which the
2 grant applicant actually enrolls, but do not include fees
3 payable only once or breakage fees and other contingent
4 deposits which are refundable in whole or in part. The
5 Commission may prescribe, by rule not inconsistent with this
6 Section, detailed provisions concerning the computation of
7 tuition and other necessary fees.
8     (d) No applicant, including those presently receiving
9 scholarship assistance under this Act, is eligible for monetary
10 award program consideration under this Act after receiving a
11 baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135 semester credit
12 hours of award payments.
13     (e) The Commission, in determining the number of grants to
14 be offered, shall take into consideration past experience with
15 the rate of grant funds unclaimed by recipients. The Commission
16 shall notify applicants that grant assistance is contingent
17 upon the availability of appropriated funds.
18     (f) The Commission may request appropriations for deposit
19 into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund. Monies deposited
20 into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund may be expended
21 exclusively for one purpose: to make Monetary Award Program
22 grants to eligible students. Amounts on deposit in the Monetary
23 Award Program Reserve Fund may not exceed 2% of the current
24 annual State appropriation for the Monetary Award Program.
25     The purpose of the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund is
26 to enable the Commission each year to assure as many students



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1 as possible of their eligibility for a Monetary Award Program
2 grant and to do so before commencement of the academic year.
3 Moneys deposited in this Reserve Fund are intended to enhance
4 the Commission's management of the Monetary Award Program,
5 minimizing the necessity, magnitude, and frequency of
6 adjusting award amounts and ensuring that the annual Monetary
7 Award Program appropriation can be fully utilized.
8     (g) The Commission shall determine the eligibility of and
9 make grants to applicants enrolled at qualified for-profit
10 institutions in accordance with the criteria set forth in this
11 Section. The eligibility of applicants enrolled at such
12 for-profit institutions shall be limited as follows:
13         (1) Beginning with the academic year 1997, only to
14     eligible first-time freshmen and first-time transfer
15     students who have attained an associate degree.
16         (2) Beginning with the academic year 1998, only to
17     eligible freshmen students, transfer students who have
18     attained an associate degree, and students who receive a
19     grant under paragraph (1) for the academic year 1997 and
20     whose grants are being renewed for the academic year 1998.
21         (3) Beginning with the academic year 1999, to all
22     eligible students.
23 (Source: P.A. 92-45, eff. 7-1-01; 93-1032, eff. 9-2-04.)
24     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,
25 2008.