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Full Text of HB2867  102nd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 2/19/2021, by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford


110 ILCS 947/35

    Amends the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. Provides that on and after the effective date of the amendatory Act, 15% of the total annual funds appropriated for grants made under the monetary award program shall be set aside by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for the purpose of making grants that shall be awarded to students attending a public community college in this State. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
5amended 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
9applications for grant assistance under this Section. Subject
10to a separate appropriation for such purposes, an applicant is
11eligible for a grant under this Section when the Commission
12finds 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
20student's application and upon the Commission's finding that
21the 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
4necessary fee costs. The Commission shall determine the grant
5amount for each student, which shall not exceed the smallest
6of 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, or such lesser
10    amount as the Commission finds to be available, during an
11    academic year;
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
19students not subject to subdivision (1) of this subsection (c)
20must be increased by the same percentage as any increase made
21by law to the maximum grant amount under subdivision (1) of
22this subsection (c).
23    "Tuition and other necessary fees" as used in this Section
24include the customary charge for instruction and use of
25facilities in general, and the additional fixed fees charged
26for specified purposes, which are required generally of



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1nongrant recipients for each academic period for which the
2grant applicant actually enrolls, but do not include fees
3payable only once or breakage fees and other contingent
4deposits which are refundable in whole or in part. The
5Commission may prescribe, by rule not inconsistent with this
6Section, detailed provisions concerning the computation of
7tuition and other necessary fees.
8    (d) No applicant, including those presently receiving
9scholarship assistance under this Act, is eligible for
10monetary award program consideration under this Act after
11receiving a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135
12semester credit hours of award payments.
13    (d-5) In this subsection (d-5), "renewing applicant" means
14a student attending an institution of higher learning who
15received a Monetary Award Program grant during the prior
16academic year. Beginning with the processing of applications
17for the 2020-2021 academic year, the Commission shall annually
18publish a priority deadline date for renewing applicants.
19Subject to appropriation, a renewing applicant who files by
20the published priority deadline date shall receive a grant if
21he or she continues to meet the eligibility requirements under
22this Section. A renewing applicant's failure to apply by the
23priority deadline date established under this subsection (d-5)
24shall not disqualify him or her from receiving a grant if
25sufficient funding is available to provide awards after that



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1    (e) The Commission, in determining the number of grants to
2be offered, shall take into consideration past experience with
3the rate of grant funds unclaimed by recipients. The
4Commission shall notify applicants that grant assistance is
5contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds.
6    (e-5) The General Assembly finds and declares that it is
7an important purpose of the Monetary Award Program to
8facilitate access to college both for students who pursue
9postsecondary education immediately following high school and
10for those who pursue postsecondary education later in life,
11particularly Illinoisans who are dislocated workers with
12financial need and who are seeking to improve their economic
13position through education. For the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
14academic years, the Commission shall give additional and
15specific consideration to the needs of dislocated workers with
16the intent of allowing applicants who are dislocated workers
17an opportunity to secure financial assistance even if applying
18later than the general pool of applicants. The Commission's
19consideration shall include, in determining the number of
20grants to be offered, an estimate of the resources needed to
21serve dislocated workers who apply after the Commission
22initially suspends award announcements for the upcoming
23regular academic year, but prior to the beginning of that
24academic year. For the purposes of this subsection (e-5), a
25dislocated worker is defined as in the federal Workforce
26Innovation and Opportunity Act.



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1    (f) (Blank).
2    (g) The Commission shall determine the eligibility of and
3make grants to applicants enrolled at qualified for-profit
4institutions in accordance with the criteria set forth in this
5Section. The eligibility of applicants enrolled at such
6for-profit institutions shall be limited as follows:
7        (1) Beginning with the academic year 1997, only to
8    eligible first-time freshmen and first-time transfer
9    students who have attained an associate degree.
10        (2) Beginning with the academic year 1998, only to
11    eligible freshmen students, transfer students who have
12    attained an associate degree, and students who receive a
13    grant under paragraph (1) for the academic year 1997 and
14    whose grants are being renewed for the academic year 1998.
15        (3) Beginning with the academic year 1999, to all
16    eligible students.
17    (g-5) On and after the effective date of this amendatory
18Act of the 102nd General Assembly, 15% of the total annual
19funds appropriated for grants under this Section shall be set
20aside by the Commission for the purpose of making grants that
21shall be awarded to students attending a public community
22college in this State.
23    (h) The Commission may adopt rules to implement this
25(Source: P.A. 100-477, eff. 9-8-17; 100-621, eff. 7-20-18;
26100-823, eff. 8-13-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)



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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
2becoming law.