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Full Text of SB3567  100th General Assembly


Sen. Chapin Rose

Filed: 5/18/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 3567 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the intent of the
5General Assembly that nothing in this Act reduces or eliminates
6the funding of Monetary Award Program grants by the Illinois
7Student Assistance Commission for first-time applicants who
8are not freshmen of an institution of higher learning.
9    Section 5. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
10amended by changing Section 35 as follows:
11    (110 ILCS 947/35)
12    Sec. 35. Monetary award program.
13    (a) The Commission shall, each year, receive and consider
14applications for grant assistance under this Section. Subject
15to a separate appropriation for such purposes, an applicant is



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1eligible for a grant under this Section when the Commission
2finds that the applicant:
3        (1) is a resident of this State and a citizen or
4    permanent resident of the United States; and
5        (2) in the absence of grant assistance, will be
6    deterred by financial considerations from completing an
7    educational program at the qualified institution of his or
8    her choice.
9    (b) The Commission shall award renewals only upon the
10student's application and upon the Commission's finding that
11the applicant:
12        (1) has remained a student in good standing;
13        (2) remains a resident of this State; and
14        (3) is in a financial situation that continues to
15    warrant assistance.
16    (c) All grants shall be applicable only to tuition and
17necessary fee costs. The Commission shall determine the grant
18amount for each student, which shall not exceed the smallest of
19the following amounts:
20        (1) subject to appropriation, $5,468 for fiscal year
21    2009, $5,968 for fiscal year 2010, and $6,468 for fiscal
22    year 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter, or such lesser
23    amount as the Commission finds to be available, during an
24    academic year;
25        (2) the amount which equals 2 semesters or 3 quarters
26    tuition and other necessary fees required generally by the



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1    institution of all full-time undergraduate students; or
2        (3) such amount as the Commission finds to be
3    appropriate in view of the applicant's financial
4    resources.
5    Subject to appropriation, the maximum grant amount for
6students not subject to subdivision (1) of this subsection (c)
7must be increased by the same percentage as any increase made
8by law to the maximum grant amount under subdivision (1) of
9this subsection (c).
10    "Tuition and other necessary fees" as used in this Section
11include the customary charge for instruction and use of
12facilities in general, and the additional fixed fees charged
13for specified purposes, which are required generally of
14nongrant recipients for each academic period for which the
15grant applicant actually enrolls, but do not include fees
16payable only once or breakage fees and other contingent
17deposits which are refundable in whole or in part. The
18Commission may prescribe, by rule not inconsistent with this
19Section, detailed provisions concerning the computation of
20tuition and other necessary fees.
21    (d) No applicant, including those presently receiving
22scholarship assistance under this Act, is eligible for monetary
23award program consideration under this Act after receiving a
24baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135 semester credit
25hours of award payments.
26    (d-5) Beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year, a grant



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1awarded under this Section to a first-time, full-time freshman
2of a public institution of higher learning shall be prioritized
3for renewal until the grant recipient completes a baccalaureate
4degree or the equivalent of 135 credit hours if the recipient
5otherwise meets the renewal requirements under this Section and
6remains enrolled at a public institution of higher learning
7until the degree or credit hours are completed.
8    (e) The Commission, in determining the number of grants to
9be offered, shall take into consideration past experience with
10the rate of grant funds unclaimed by recipients. The Commission
11shall notify applicants that grant assistance is contingent
12upon the availability of appropriated funds.
13    (e-5) The General Assembly finds and declares that it is an
14important purpose of the Monetary Award Program to facilitate
15access to college both for students who pursue postsecondary
16education immediately following high school and for those who
17pursue postsecondary education later in life, particularly
18Illinoisans who are dislocated workers with financial need and
19who are seeking to improve their economic position through
20education. For the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, the
21Commission shall give additional and specific consideration to
22the needs of dislocated workers with the intent of allowing
23applicants who are dislocated workers an opportunity to secure
24financial assistance even if applying later than the general
25pool of applicants. The Commission's consideration shall
26include, in determining the number of grants to be offered, an



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1estimate of the resources needed to serve dislocated workers
2who apply after the Commission initially suspends award
3announcements for the upcoming regular academic year, but prior
4to the beginning of that academic year. For the purposes of
5this subsection (e-5), a dislocated worker is defined as in the
6federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
7    (f) The Commission may request appropriations for deposit
8into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund. Monies deposited
9into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund may be expended
10exclusively for one purpose: to make Monetary Award Program
11grants to eligible students. Amounts on deposit in the Monetary
12Award Program Reserve Fund may not exceed 2% of the current
13annual State appropriation for the Monetary Award Program.
14    The purpose of the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund is
15to enable the Commission each year to assure as many students
16as possible of their eligibility for a Monetary Award Program
17grant and to do so before commencement of the academic year.
18Moneys deposited in this Reserve Fund are intended to enhance
19the Commission's management of the Monetary Award Program,
20minimizing the necessity, magnitude, and frequency of
21adjusting award amounts and ensuring that the annual Monetary
22Award Program appropriation can be fully utilized.
23    (g) Until July 1, 2019, the The Commission shall determine
24the eligibility of and make grants to applicants enrolled at
25qualified for-profit institutions in accordance with the
26criteria set forth in this Section. The eligibility of



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1applicants enrolled at such for-profit institutions shall be
2limited as follows:
3        (1) Beginning with the academic year 1997, only to
4    eligible first-time freshmen and first-time transfer
5    students who have attained an associate degree.
6        (2) Beginning with the academic year 1998, only to
7    eligible freshmen students, transfer students who have
8    attained an associate degree, and students who receive a
9    grant under paragraph (1) for the academic year 1997 and
10    whose grants are being renewed for the academic year 1998.
11        (3) Beginning with the academic year 1999, to all
12    eligible students.
13    (h) Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, the
14Commission may not make any grants under this Section to an
15applicant enrolled at a for-profit institution; except that
16until July 1, 2023, the Commission may award a grant renewal to
17an applicant enrolled at a for-profit institution if he or she
18otherwise meets the renewal requirements under this Section.
19    (i) The Commission may adopt rules to implement this
21(Source: P.A. 100-477, eff. 9-8-17.)
22    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
23becoming law.".