102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/21/2022, by Sen. Laura Fine
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Human Service Professional Loan Repayment Program Act.
Creates the Human Service Professional Loan Repayment Program, which shall
be administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, to provide
loan repayment assistance to eligible direct service professionals
practicing in a community-based, human service agency that contracts with
or is grant funded by a State agency. Contains provisions concerning
applications, award amounts, eligibility and work requirements, and rules.
A BILL FOR
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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
Service Professional Loan Repayment Program Act.
The purpose of the Human Service
Professional Loan Repayment Program is to recruit and retain
qualified direct service professionals to work for
community-based human service providers. Due to numerous
factors, human service agencies have a high turnover rate and
struggle to maintain consistent staffing levels. Many of these
positions require degrees in human service-related fields of
study. In addition, most human service positions require
graduate degrees or post-secondary degree or certification.
The higher education requirements for the human service
workforce often means that many students graduate with a high
level of debt for a job that pays slightly above minimum wage
with a great deal of stress and burnout.
In this Act:
"Commission" means the Illinois Student Assistance
"Eligible applicant" means a student who has graduated