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Public Act 100-1015


Public Act 1015 100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 100-1015
SB2927 EnrolledLRB100 18942 AXK 34192 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the intent of this Act
to increase enrollment at public 4-year universities in this
State by providing those universities with the option for
additional funding through a new, merit-based and means-tested
matching scholarship for Illinois students. It is also the
intent of this Act that any public university participating in
this program should, in its best efforts, attempt to delegate
scholarship funds amongst a racially diverse range of students
and not use a student's race, color, religion, sex (including
gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy), national
origin, age, disability, or genetic information to disqualify
him or her from receiving funds under the program.
    Section 5. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
amended by changing Section 10 and adding Section 65.100 as
    (110 ILCS 947/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act, and except to the extent
that any of the following words or phrases is specifically
qualified by its context:
    "Commission" means the Illinois Student Assistance
Commission created by this Act.
    "Enrollment" means the establishment and maintenance of an
individual's status as a student in an institution of higher
learning, regardless of the terms used at the institution to
describe that status.
    "Approved high school" means any public high school located
in this State; and any high school, located in this State or
elsewhere (whether designated as a high school, secondary
school, academy, preparatory school, or otherwise) which in the
judgment of the State Superintendent of Education provides a
course of instruction at the secondary level and maintains
standards of instruction substantially equivalent to those of
the public high schools located in this State.
    "Institution of higher learning", "qualified institution",
or "institution" means an educational organization located in
this State which
        (1) provides at least an organized 2 year program of
    collegiate grade in the liberal arts or sciences, or both,
    directly applicable toward the attainment of a
    baccalaureate degree or a program in health education
    directly applicable toward the attainment of a
    certificate, diploma, or an associate degree;
        (2) either is
            (A) operated by this State, or
            (B) operated publicly or privately, not for
        profit, or
            (C) operated for profit, provided such for profit
                (i) offers degree programs which have been
            approved by the Board of Higher Education for a
            minimum of 3 years under the Academic Degree Act,
                (ii) enrolls a majority of its students in such
            degree programs, and
                (iii) maintains an accredited status with the
            Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of
            the North Central Association of Colleges and
        (3) in the judgment of the Commission meets standards
    substantially equivalent to those of comparable
    institutions operated by this State; and
        (4) if so required by the Commission, uses the State as
    its primary guarantor of student loans made under the
    federal Higher Education Act of 1965.
For otherwise eligible educational organizations which provide
academic programs for incarcerated students, the terms
"institution of higher learning", "qualified institutions",
and "institution" shall specifically exclude academic programs
for incarcerated students.
    "Academic Year" means a 12 month period of time, normally
but not exclusively, from September 1 of any year through
August 31 of the ensuing year.
    "Full-time student" means any undergraduate student
enrolled in 12 or more semester or quarter hours of credit
courses in any given semester or quarter or in the equivalent
number of units of registration as determined by the
    "Part-time student" means any undergraduate student, other
than a full-time student, enrolled in 6 or more semester or
quarter hours of credit courses in any given semester or
quarter or in the equivalent number of units of registration as
determined by the Commission. Beginning with fiscal year 1999,
the Commission may, on a program by program basis, expand this
definition of "part-time student" to include students who
enroll in less than 6 semester or quarter hours of credit
courses in any given semester or quarter.
    "Public university" means any public 4-year university in
this State.
    "Public university campus" means any campus under the
governance or supervision of a public university.
(Source: P.A. 90-122, eff. 7-17-97; 91-250, eff. 7-22-99.)
    (110 ILCS 947/65.100 new)
    Sec. 65.100. AIM HIGH Grant Pilot Program.
    (a) The General Assembly makes all of the following
        (1) Both access and affordability are important
    aspects of the Illinois Public Agenda for College and
    Career Success report.
        (2) This State is in the top quartile with respect to
    the percentage of family income needed to pay for college.
        (3) Research suggests that as loan amounts increase,
    rather than an increase in grant amounts, the probability
    of college attendance decreases.
        (4) There is further research indicating that
    socioeconomic status may affect the willingness of
    students to use loans to attend college.
        (5) Strategic use of tuition discounting can decrease
    the amount of loans that students must use to pay for
        (6) A modest, individually tailored tuition discount
    can make the difference in a student choosing to attend
    college and enhance college access for low-income and
    middle-income families.
        (7) Even if the federally calculated financial need for
    college attendance is met, the federally determined
    Expected Family Contribution can still be a daunting
        (8) This State is the second largest exporter of
    students in the country.
        (9) When talented Illinois students attend
    universities in this State, the State and those
    universities benefit.
        (10) State universities in other states have adopted
    pricing and incentives that allow many Illinois residents
    to pay less to attend an out-of-state university than to
    remain in this State for college.
        (11) Supporting Illinois student attendance at
    Illinois public universities can assist in State efforts to
    maintain and educate a highly trained workforce.
        (12) Modest tuition discounts that are individually
    targeted and tailored can result in enhanced revenue for
    public universities.
        (13) By increasing a public university's capacity to
    strategically use tuition discounting, the public
    university will be capable of creating enhanced tuition
    revenue by increasing enrollment yields.
    (b) In this Section:
    "Eligible applicant" means a student from any high school
in this State, whether or not recognized by the State Board of
Education, who is engaged in a program of study that in due
course will be completed by the end of the school year and who
meets all of the qualifications and requirements under this
    "Tuition and other necessary fees" includes the customary
charge for instruction and use of facilities in general and the
additional fixed fees charged for specified purposes that are
required generally of non-grant recipients for each academic
period for which the grant applicant actually enrolls, but does
not include fees payable only once or breakage fees and other
contingent deposits that are refundable in whole or in part.
The Commission may adopt, by rule not inconsistent with this
Section, detailed provisions concerning the computation of
tuition and other necessary fees.
    (c) Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, each public
university may establish a merit-based scholarship pilot
program known as the AIM HIGH Grant Pilot Program. Each year,
the Commission shall receive and consider applications from
public universities under this Section. Subject to
appropriation and any tuition waiver limitation established by
the Board of Higher Education, a public university campus may
award a grant to a student under this Section if it finds that
the applicant meets all of the following criteria:
        (1) He or she is a resident of this State and a citizen
    or eligible noncitizen of the United States.
        (2) He or she files a Free Application for Federal
    Student Aid and demonstrates financial need with a
    household income no greater than 6 times the poverty
    guidelines updated periodically in the Federal Register by
    the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the
    authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2).
        (3) He or she meets the minimum cumulative grade point
    average or ACT or SAT college admissions test score, as
    determined by the public university campus.
        (4) He or she is enrolled in a public university as an
    undergraduate student on a full-time basis.
        (5) He or she has not yet received a baccalaureate
    degree or the equivalent of 135 semester credit hours.
        (6) He or she is not incarcerated.
        (7) He or she is not in default on any student loan or
    does not owe a refund or repayment on any State or federal
    grant or scholarship.
        (8) Any other reasonable criteria, as determined by the
    public university campus.
    (d) Each public university campus shall determine grant
renewal criteria consistent with the requirements under this
    (e) Each participating public university campus shall post
on its Internet website criteria and eligibility requirements
for receiving awards that use funds under this Section that
includes a range in the sizes of these individual awards. The
criteria and amounts must also be reported to the Commission
and the Board of Higher Education, who shall post the
information on their respective Internet websites.
    (f) After enactment of an appropriation for this Program,
the Commission shall determine an allocation of funds to each
public university in an amount proportionate to the number of
undergraduate students who are residents of this State and
citizens or eligible noncitizens of the United States and who
were enrolled at each public university campus in the previous
academic year. All applications must be made to the Commission
on or before a date determined by the Commission and on forms
that the Commission shall provide to each public university
campus. The form of the application and the information
required shall be determined by the Commission and shall
include, without limitation, the total public university
campus funds used to match funds received from the Commission
in the previous academic year under this Section, if any, the
total enrollment of undergraduate students who are residents of
this State from the previous academic year, and any supporting
documents as the Commission deems necessary. Each public
university campus shall match the amount of funds received by
the Commission with financial aid for eligible students.
    A public university campus is not required to claim its
entire allocation. The Commission shall make available to all
public universities, on a date determined by the Commission,
any unclaimed funds and the funds must be made available to
those public university campuses in the proportion determined
under this subsection (f), excluding from the calculation those
public university campuses not claiming their full
    Each public university campus may determine the award
amounts for eligible students on an individual or broad basis,
but, subject to renewal eligibility, each renewed award may not
be less than the amount awarded to the eligible student in his
or her first year attending the public university campus.
Notwithstanding this limitation, a renewal grant may be reduced
due to changes in the student's cost of attendance, including,
but not limited to, if a student reduces the number of credit
hours in which he or she is enrolled, but remains a full-time
student, or switches to a course of study with a lower tuition
    An eligible applicant awarded grant assistance under this
Section is eligible to receive other financial aid. Total grant
aid to the student from all sources may not exceed the total
cost of attendance at the public university campus.
    (g) All money allocated to a public university campus under
this Section may be used only for financial aid purposes for
students attending the public university campus during the
academic year, not including summer terms. Any funds received
by a public university campus under this Section that are not
granted to students in the academic year for which the funds
are received must be refunded to the Commission before any new
funds are received by the public university campus for the next
academic year.
    (h) Each public university campus that establishes a
Program under this Section must annually report to the
Commission, on or before a date determined by the Commission,
the number of undergraduate students enrolled at that campus
who are residents of this State.
    (i) Each public university campus must report to the
Commission the total non-loan financial aid amount given by the
public university campus to undergraduate students in fiscal
year 2018. To be eligible to receive funds under the Program, a
public university campus may not decrease the total amount of
non-loan financial aid for undergraduate students to an amount
lower than the total non-loan financial aid amount given by the
public university campus to undergraduate students in fiscal
year 2018, not including any funds received from the Commission
under this Section or any funds used to match grant awards
under this Section.
    (j) On or before a date determined by the Commission, each
public university campus that participates in the Program under
this Section shall annually submit a report to the Commission
with all of the following information:
        (1) The Program's impact on tuition revenue and
    enrollment goals and increase in access and affordability
    at the public university campus.
        (2) Total funds received by the public university
    campus under the Program.
        (3) Total non-loan financial aid awarded to
    undergraduate students attending the public university
        (4) Total amount of funds matched by the public
    university campus.
        (5) Total amount of funds refunded to the Commission by
    the public university campus.
        (6) The percentage of total financial aid distributed
    under the Program by the public university campus.
        (7) The total number of students receiving grants from
    the public university campus under the Program and those
    students' grade level, race, gender, income level, family
    size, Monetary Award Program eligibility, Pell Grant
    eligibility, and zip code of residence and the amount of
    each grant award. This information shall include unit
    record data on those students regarding variables
    associated with the parameters of the public university's
    Program, including, but not limited to, a student's ACT or
    SAT college admissions test score, high school or
    university cumulative grade point average, or program of
    On or before October 1, 2020 and annually on or before
October 1 thereafter, the Commission shall submit a report with
the findings under this subsection (j) and any other
information regarding the AIM HIGH Grant Pilot Program to (i)
the Governor, (ii) the Speaker of the House of Representatives,
(iii) the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, (iv)
the President of the Senate, and (v) the Minority Leader of the
Senate. The reports to the General Assembly shall be filed with
the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of
the Senate in electronic form only, in the manner that the
Clerk and the Secretary shall direct. The Commission's report
may not disaggregate data to a level that may disclose
personally identifying information of individual students.
    The sharing and reporting of student data under this
subsection (j) must be in accordance with the requirements
under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of
1974 and the Illinois School Student Records Act. All parties
must preserve the confidentiality of the information as
required by law. The names of the grant recipients under this
Section are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of
Information Act.
    Public university campuses that fail to submit a report
under this subsection (j) or that fail to adhere to any other
requirements under this Section may not be eligible for
distribution of funds under the Program for the next academic
year, but may be eligible for distribution of funds for each
academic year thereafter.
    (k) The Commission shall adopt rules to implement this
    (l) This Section is repealed on October 1, 2024.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/21/2018