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 1        AN ACT regarding higher education student assistance.

 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
 5    is amended by changing Section 36 as follows:

 6        (110 ILCS 947/36)
 7        Sec. 36.  Illinois Incentive for Access grant program.
 8        (a)  The Commission each year shall determine eligibility
 9    for the Illinois Incentive for Access grant from applications
10    received  for  Monetary  Award Program grant assistance under
11    Section 35 of this Act.  An applicant shall be determined  as
12    eligible  for  an  Illinois  Incentive for Access grant under
13    this Section when the Commission finds that the applicant:
14             (1)  is a resident of this State and  a  citizen  or
15        permanent resident of the United States;
16             (2)  has  limited  no  personal  or family financial
17        resources  available  for  expenditure   on   educational
18        expenses, as defined by current federal student financial
19        aid methodology;
20             (3)  has   not   already  received  a  baccalaureate
21        degree; and
22             (4)  is  enrolled  at  least  one-half  time  as   a
23        freshman  undergraduate  student  at an approved Illinois
24        institution  of  higher  learning  participating  in  the
25        Monetary Award Program administered by the Commission.
26        (b)  Subject  to  a  separate  appropriation   made   for
27    purposes  of  awarding  grants  under  this Section, Illinois
28    Incentive  for  Access  grants  shall  be  paid  in  multiple
29    disbursements as determined  by  the  Commission  (i)  in  an
30    amount  not  to exceed $1,000 $500 per applicant per year for
31    applicants with an expected family  contribution  of  $0,  as
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 1    defined  by current federal student aid methodology, and (ii)
 2    in an amount not  to  exceed  $500  for  applicants  with  an
 3    expected  family  contribution  of $500 or less but more than
 4    $0, as defined by current federal  student  aid  methodology.
 5    In  awarding  grants,  the  Commission shall give priority to
 6    applicants with an expected family contribution  of  $0.   No
 7    recipient  may  receive  a  grant under this Section for more
 8    than 2 semesters or 3 quarters of award payments.
 9        (c)  Eligibility for grants awarded  under  this  Section
10    shall  be  determined  solely  on  the basis of the financial
11    resources of the applicant and the applicant's family.   Cost
12    of  attendance  at  the institution in which the applicant is
13    enrolled shall not affect eligibility for  an  award,  except
14    that  State  student  financial assistance awarded under this
15    Act, including the Illinois Incentive for Access  award,  may
16    not exceed the institution's cost of attendance.
17        (d)  The  Commission  shall  notify applicants that grant
18    assistance is contingent upon  availability  of  appropriated
19    funds.
20        (e)  The  Commission shall submit a written evaluation of
21    the Illinois Incentive for Access program  to  the  Governor,
22    the General Assembly, and the Board of Higher Education on or
23    before  October  1,  1999, including a report of the progress
24    made toward the goal of increasing the access  and  retention
25    rates for Illinois Incentive for Access grant recipients.
26    (Source: P.A. 89-512, eff. 7-11-96.)

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