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Full Text of HB0703  102nd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 2/8/2021, by Rep. Suzanne Ness


110 ILCS 947/35

    Amends the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. Provides that an applicant enrolled in a certificate program offered by a public community college is eligible for a Monetary Award Program grant until he or she completes the certificate program. 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, including any certificate program offered by a
19    public community college.
20    (b) The Commission shall award renewals only upon the
21student's application and upon the Commission's finding that
22the applicant:
23        (1) has remained a student in good standing;



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1        (2) remains a resident of this State; and
2        (3) is in a financial situation that continues to
3    warrant assistance.
4    (c) All grants shall be applicable only to tuition and
5necessary fee costs. The Commission shall determine the grant
6amount for each student, which shall not exceed the smallest
7of the following amounts:
8        (1) subject to appropriation, $5,468 for fiscal year
9    2009, $5,968 for fiscal year 2010, and $6,468 for fiscal
10    year 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter, or such lesser
11    amount as the Commission finds to be available, during an
12    academic year;
13        (2) the amount which equals 2 semesters or 3 quarters
14    tuition and other necessary fees required generally by the
15    institution of all full-time undergraduate students; or
16        (3) such amount as the Commission finds to be
17    appropriate in view of the applicant's financial
18    resources.
19    Subject to appropriation, the maximum grant amount for
20students not subject to subdivision (1) of this subsection (c)
21must be increased by the same percentage as any increase made
22by law to the maximum grant amount under subdivision (1) of
23this subsection (c).
24    "Tuition and other necessary fees" as used in this Section
25include the customary charge for instruction and use of
26facilities in general, and the additional fixed fees charged



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1for specified purposes, which are required generally of
2nongrant recipients for each academic period for which the
3grant applicant actually enrolls, but do not include fees
4payable only once or breakage fees and other contingent
5deposits which are refundable in whole or in part. The
6Commission may prescribe, by rule not inconsistent with this
7Section, detailed provisions concerning the computation of
8tuition and other necessary fees.
9    (d) No applicant, including those presently receiving
10scholarship assistance under this Act, is eligible for
11monetary award program consideration under this Act after
12receiving a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135
13semester credit hours of award payments. However, an applicant
14enrolled in a certificate program offered by a public
15community college may continue to be eligible for monetary
16award program consideration under this Act until the
17completion of the certificate program even if he or she has
18exceeded this limitation.
19    (d-5) In this subsection (d-5), "renewing applicant" means
20a student attending an institution of higher learning who
21received a Monetary Award Program grant during the prior
22academic year. Beginning with the processing of applications
23for the 2020-2021 academic year, the Commission shall annually
24publish a priority deadline date for renewing applicants.
25Subject to appropriation, a renewing applicant who files by
26the published priority deadline date shall receive a grant if



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1he or she continues to meet the eligibility requirements under
2this Section. A renewing applicant's failure to apply by the
3priority deadline date established under this subsection (d-5)
4shall not disqualify him or her from receiving a grant if
5sufficient funding is available to provide awards after that
7    (e) The Commission, in determining the number of grants to
8be offered, shall take into consideration past experience with
9the rate of grant funds unclaimed by recipients. The
10Commission shall notify applicants that grant assistance is
11contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds.
12    (e-5) The General Assembly finds and declares that it is
13an important purpose of the Monetary Award Program to
14facilitate access to college both for students who pursue
15postsecondary education immediately following high school and
16for those who pursue postsecondary education later in life,
17particularly Illinoisans who are dislocated workers with
18financial need and who are seeking to improve their economic
19position through education. For the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
20academic years, the Commission shall give additional and
21specific consideration to the needs of dislocated workers with
22the intent of allowing applicants who are dislocated workers
23an opportunity to secure financial assistance even if applying
24later than the general pool of applicants. The Commission's
25consideration shall include, in determining the number of
26grants to be offered, an estimate of the resources needed to



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1serve dislocated workers who apply after the Commission
2initially suspends award announcements for the upcoming
3regular academic year, but prior to the beginning of that
4academic year. For the purposes of this subsection (e-5), a
5dislocated worker is defined as in the federal Workforce
6Innovation and Opportunity Act.
7    (f) (Blank).
8    (g) The Commission shall determine the eligibility of and
9make grants to applicants enrolled at qualified for-profit
10institutions in accordance with the criteria set forth in this
11Section. The eligibility of applicants enrolled at such
12for-profit institutions shall be limited as follows:
13        (1) Beginning with the academic year 1997, only to
14    eligible first-time freshmen and first-time transfer
15    students who have attained an associate degree.
16        (2) Beginning with the academic year 1998, only to
17    eligible freshmen students, transfer students who have
18    attained an associate degree, and students who receive a
19    grant under paragraph (1) for the academic year 1997 and
20    whose grants are being renewed for the academic year 1998.
21        (3) Beginning with the academic year 1999, to all
22    eligible students.
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.