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(110 ILCS 930/7)
(from Ch. 144, par. 2307)
Eligibility for DFI grants.
An individual is eligible for an
award under the provisions of this Act when the Program Board finds:
(a) That the individual is a resident of this State
and a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States;
(b) That the individual is a member of a racial
minority as defined under the terms of this Act;
(c) That the individual has earned any educational
diploma at an institution of education located in this State, or is a resident of the State for no less than three years prior to applying for the grant, and the individual must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning;
(d) That the individual's financial resources are
such that, in the absence of a DFI grant, the individual will be prevented from pursuing a graduate or professional degree at a qualified institution of higher education of his or her choice;
(e) That the individual has above average academic
ability to pursue a graduate or professional degree; and
(f) That the individual meets other qualifications
which shall be established by the Program Board.
Grant funds shall be awarded only to those persons pursuing a graduate or professional degree program at a qualified institution of higher education.
Board shall by rule promulgate, pursuant to the Illinois
Administrative Procedure Act, precise standards to be used by the Program Board to
determine whether a program applicant has above average academic ability to
pursue a graduate or professional degree.
(Source: P.A. 102-1030, eff. 5-27-22.)