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Full Text of SB2225  94th General Assembly


Sen. Edward D. Maloney

Filed: 2/28/2006





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2225 by replacing
3 everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4     "Section 5. The Board of Higher Education Act is amended by
5 changing Section 9.07 as follows:
6     (110 ILCS 205/9.07)  (from Ch. 144, par. 189.07)
7     Sec. 9.07. Admission standards.
8     (a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b), to
9 establish minimum admission standards for public community
10 colleges, colleges and state universities. However,
11 notwithstanding any other provision of this Section or any
12 other law of this State, the minimum admission standards
13 established by the Board shall not directly or indirectly
14 authorize or require a State college or university to
15 discriminate in the admissions process against an applicant for
16 admission because of the applicant's enrollment in a charter
17 school established under Article 27A of the School Code.
18 Admission standards for out-of-state students may be higher
19 than for Illinois residents.
20     (b) Implementation of the new statewide minimum admission
21 requirements and standards for public colleges and
22 universities in Illinois established and announced by the Board
23 in December, 1985 shall be deferred as provided in this
24 subsection. The Board shall not attempt to implement or



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1 otherwise effect adoption and establishment of those minimum
2 admission requirements and standards in any public community
3 college, college or State university prior to the fall of 1993,
4 and no public community college, college or State university
5 shall be under any duty or obligation to implement, establish
6 or otherwise apply those minimum admission requirements and
7 standards to any entering freshmen prior to the fall of 1993.
8 The Board of Higher Education shall provide the State
9 Superintendent of Education, on or before January 1, 1990,
10 descriptions of course content, and such other criteria as are
11 necessary to determine and certify whether all school districts
12 maintaining grades 9-12 are offering courses which satisfy the
13 minimum admission requirements and standards established and
14 announced by the Board. In addition, there shall be established
15 a 9 member committee composed of 3 members selected by the
16 Board of Higher Education, 3 members selected by the State
17 Superintendent of Education and 3 members selected by the
18 President of the Illinois Vocational Association. The
19 committee shall be appointed within 30 days after the effective
20 date of this amendatory Act. It shall be the duty and
21 responsibility of the committee to identify and develop courses
22 and curricula in the vocational education area which meet the
23 minimum admission requirements and standards to be established
24 and implemented under this Section. The first meeting of the
25 committee shall be called by the Executive Director of the
26 Board of Higher Education within 10 days after the committee is
27 appointed. At its first meeting the committee shall organize
28 and elect a chairperson. The committee's report shall be
29 prepared and submitted by the committee to the Board of Higher
30 Education, the Illinois State Board of Education and the
31 General Assembly by April 1, 1989.
32     (c) By March 1, 1980, the Boards shall develop guidelines
33 which: (1) place the emphasis on postsecondary remedial
34 programs at Public Community Colleges and (2) reduces the role



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1 of the state universities in offering remedial programs. By
2 June 30, 1981, the Board shall report to the General Assembly
3 the progress made toward this transition in the emphasis on
4 remedial programs at the postsecondary level and any
5 legislative action that it deems appropriate. Under the
6 guidelines, if a State university determines that a student
7 needs remedial coursework, then the university must require
8 that the student complete the remedial coursework.
9 (Source: P.A. 89-450, eff. 4-10-96.)
10     Section 10. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
11 amended by changing Section 35 as follows:
12     (110 ILCS 947/35)
13     Sec. 35. Monetary award program.
14     (a) The Commission shall, each year, receive and consider
15 applications for grant assistance under this Section. Subject
16 to a separate appropriation for such purposes, an applicant is
17 eligible for a grant under this Section when the Commission
18 finds that the applicant:
19         (1) is a resident of this State and a citizen or
20     permanent resident of the United States; and
21         (2) in the absence of grant assistance, will be
22     deterred by financial considerations from completing an
23     educational program at the qualified institution of his or
24     her choice.
25     (b) The Commission shall award renewals only upon the
26 student's application and upon the Commission's finding that
27 the applicant:
28         (1) has remained a student in good standing;
29         (2) remains a resident of this State; and
30         (3) is in a financial situation that continues to
31     warrant assistance.
32     (c) All grants shall be applicable only to tuition and



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1 necessary fee costs. The Commission shall determine the grant
2 amount for each student, which shall not exceed the smallest of
3 the following amounts:
4         (1) $4,968, or such lesser amount as the Commission
5     finds to be available, during an academic year; or
6         (2) the amount which equals 2 semesters or 3 quarters
7     tuition and other necessary fees required generally by the
8     institution of all full-time undergraduate students; or
9         (3) such amount as the Commission finds to be
10     appropriate in view of the applicant's financial
11     resources.
12 "Tuition and other necessary fees" as used in this Section
13 include the customary charge for instruction and use of
14 facilities in general, and the additional fixed fees charged
15 for specified purposes, which are required generally of
16 nongrant recipients for each academic period for which the
17 grant applicant actually enrolls, but do not include fees
18 payable only once or breakage fees and other contingent
19 deposits which are refundable in whole or in part. The
20 Commission may prescribe, by rule not inconsistent with this
21 Section, detailed provisions concerning the computation of
22 tuition and other necessary fees.
23     (d) No applicant, including those presently receiving
24 scholarship assistance under this Act, is eligible for monetary
25 award program consideration under this Act after receiving a
26 baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135 semester credit
27 hours of award payments. However, a student is not ineligible
28 for monetary award program consideration under this subsection
29 (d) if both of the following apply:
30         (1) A State university that the student was enrolled at
31     required that the student complete remedial coursework.
32         (2) By subtracting the total number of semester credit
33     hours, not to exceed 30 semester credit hours, of required
34     remedial coursework that the student successfully



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1     completed and received award payments for, the student has
2     received less than the equivalent of 135 semester credit
3     hours of award payments.
4     (e) The Commission, in determining the number of grants to
5 be offered, shall take into consideration past experience with
6 the rate of grant funds unclaimed by recipients. The Commission
7 shall notify applicants that grant assistance is contingent
8 upon the availability of appropriated funds.
9     (f) The Commission may request appropriations for deposit
10 into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund. Monies deposited
11 into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund may be expended
12 exclusively for one purpose: to make Monetary Award Program
13 grants to eligible students. Amounts on deposit in the Monetary
14 Award Program Reserve Fund may not exceed 2% of the current
15 annual State appropriation for the Monetary Award Program.
16     The purpose of the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund is
17 to enable the Commission each year to assure as many students
18 as possible of their eligibility for a Monetary Award Program
19 grant and to do so before commencement of the academic year.
20 Moneys deposited in this Reserve Fund are intended to enhance
21 the Commission's management of the Monetary Award Program,
22 minimizing the necessity, magnitude, and frequency of
23 adjusting award amounts and ensuring that the annual Monetary
24 Award Program appropriation can be fully utilized.
25     (g) The Commission shall determine the eligibility of and
26 make grants to applicants enrolled at qualified for-profit
27 institutions in accordance with the criteria set forth in this
28 Section. The eligibility of applicants enrolled at such
29 for-profit institutions shall be limited as follows:
30         (1) Beginning with the academic year 1997, only to
31     eligible first-time freshmen and first-time transfer
32     students who have attained an associate degree.
33         (2) Beginning with the academic year 1998, only to
34     eligible freshmen students, transfer students who have



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1     attained an associate degree, and students who receive a
2     grant under paragraph (1) for the academic year 1997 and
3     whose grants are being renewed for the academic year 1998.
4         (3) Beginning with the academic year 1999, to all
5     eligible students.
6 (Source: P.A. 92-45, eff. 7-1-01; 93-1032, eff. 9-2-04.)".