Full Text of HB1710 97th General Assembly
HB1710enr 97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
College Planning Act.
Definitions. In this Act:
"Commission" means the Illinois Student Assistance
"Program" means the College Planning Program established
under Section 10 of this Act.
College Planning Program; establishment.
College Planning Program is established to do all of the
(1) Reduce the number of students who withdraw from
high school before graduation.
(2) Reduce the number of students who fail to begin
planning for a postsecondary educational path upon
entering high school.
(3) Increase the number of high school students who are
prepared to enter postsecondary educational institutions
in this State upon graduation.
(4) Increase the number of students attaining a quality
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postsecondary credential within 6 years after graduation
from high school.
(5) Assist this State in meeting the workforce needs of
(6) Encourage students to attend postsecondary
educational institutions in this State by increasing
awareness of the need-based, financial aid programs
available to State residents attending postsecondary
educational institutions in this State.
(7) Increase timely financial aid application rates
among students from the lowest economic quintiles in this
(8) Proactively counsel potential college students to
make the most efficient and effective use of need-based,
grant funding distributed under the Monetary Award Program
under Section 35 of the Higher Education Student Assistance
(9) Intervene beginning in 8th grade to aggressively
promote postsecondary education as a positive alternative
to less socially and economically desirable behaviors and
options that young students may consider instead of college
(a) The Commission shall administer the Program.
(b) The Commission shall utilize the Program to target
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low-income and potential first-generation college students
with programs to promote college awareness and planning.
(c) The Commission shall adopt any rules that it deems
necessary to implement the mission of the Program, including
without limitation rules regarding a student's record of
attendance at events, the determination of qualifying events
and programs, information required on the initial application
and annual certification, and appeals.
Qualifications to participate in the Program.
To qualify to participate in the Program, a student must meet
all of the following requirements:
(1) He or she must reside in this State.
(2) At the time of application to the Program, he or
she must be enrolled in grade 8 at a public school in this
State or a nonpublic school that is recognized by the State
Board of Education and, by the end of grade 8, be enrolled
in a public high school in this State or a nonpublic school
that is recognized by the State Board of Education.
(3) At the time of enrollment in the Program, he or she
either (i) must not have a custodial parent or guardian who
has received a postsecondary degree or (ii) must be
eligible to participate in the free and reduced-price lunch
program under the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act.
(4) He or she agrees, in writing, together with the
student's custodial parent or guardian, that the student
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will do all of the following:
(A) Complete the course requirements specified in
Section 27-22 of the School Code and graduate from a
secondary school located in this State.
(B) Not be convicted of a felony offense that would
disqualify the student from receipt of federal student
(C) Timely apply, during grade 12, (i) for
admission to a postsecondary institution in this State
approved to participate in the Monetary Award Program
under Section 35 of the Higher Education Student
Assistance Act and (ii) for any federal and State
student financial assistance available to the student
to attend a postsecondary institution in this State.
(D) Achieve a cumulative grade point average upon
graduation from high school of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0
grading scale (or its equivalent if another grading
scale is used) for courses taken during grades 9, 10,
11, and 12.
(E) Update demographic and contact information
required within the initial Program participation
application and agreement at least once each academic
year on a schedule to be determined by the Commission.
(F) Take a recognized standardized college
entrance examination no later than the end of the 11th
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(G) Participate in college planning and
preparation activities required by the Commission as
part of the administration of the Program.
(H) Share personal academic and financial data
with the Commission beginning in grade 8 and through
the attainment of a bachelor's degree.
Subject to appropriation of
State, federal, or private funds, the Commission shall deliver
the following services and benefits to students enrolled in the
(1) College and career planning counseling provided by
the College Illinois! Corps.
(2) Assistance with the completion of college
admission, scholarship, and financial aid applications,
provided by the College Illinois! Corps.
(3) The opportunity to participate in simplified
admission or financial assistance application programs
administered by the Commission.
(4) Regular communication about important dates and
procedures in the college planning cycle as well as
estimates of future financial aid eligibility.
(5) Priority notification of eligibility for
Commission-administered, need-based, financial aid
(6) Ongoing college and career counseling while
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enrolled in a postsecondary institution in this State.
(7) An assigned college planning counselor for the
duration of enrollment in the Program.
(8) Invitation to participant-only college and career
planning workshops for the student and his or her parents
If a program
participant fails to meet the requirements for continuation in
the Program, the student is disqualified from future receipt of
Program services and benefits that are not available to all
students in this State.
This Act takes effect upon