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110 ILCS 947/35

    (110 ILCS 947/35)
    Sec. 35. Monetary award program.
    (a) The Commission shall, each year, receive and consider applications for grant assistance under this Section. Subject to a separate appropriation for such purposes, an applicant is eligible for a grant under this Section when the Commission finds that the applicant:
        (1) is a resident of this State and a citizen or
permanent resident of the United States;
        (2) is enrolled or has been accepted for enrollment
in a qualified institution for the purpose of obtaining a degree, certificate, or other credential offered by the institution, as applicable; and
        (3) in the absence of grant assistance, will be
deterred by financial considerations from completing an educational program at the qualified institution of his or her choice.
    (b) The Commission shall award renewals only upon the student's application and upon the Commission's finding that the applicant:
        (1) has remained a student in good standing;
        (2) remains a resident of this State; and
        (3) is in a financial situation that continues to
warrant assistance.
    (c) All grants shall be applicable only to tuition and necessary fee costs. The Commission shall determine the grant amount for each student, which shall not exceed the smallest of the following amounts:
        (1) subject to appropriation, $5,468 for fiscal year
2009, $5,968 for fiscal year 2010, $6,468 for fiscal year 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter through fiscal year 2022, $8,508 for fiscal year 2023, and $10,896 for fiscal year 2024 and each fiscal year thereafter, or such lesser amount as the Commission finds to be available, during an academic year;
        (2) the amount which equals 2 semesters or 3 quarters
tuition and other necessary fees required generally by the institution of all full-time undergraduate students; or
        (3) such amount as the Commission finds to be
appropriate in view of the applicant's financial resources.
    Subject to appropriation, the maximum grant amount for students not subject to subdivision (1) of this subsection (c) must be increased by the same percentage as any increase made by law to the maximum grant amount under subdivision (1) of this subsection (c).
    "Tuition and other necessary fees" as used in this Section include the customary charge for instruction and use of facilities in general, and the additional fixed fees charged for specified purposes, which are required generally of nongrant recipients for each academic period for which the grant applicant actually enrolls, but do not include fees payable only once or breakage fees and other contingent deposits which are refundable in whole or in part. The Commission may prescribe, by rule not inconsistent with this Section, detailed provisions concerning the computation of tuition and other necessary fees.
    (d) No applicant, including those presently receiving scholarship assistance under this Act, is eligible for monetary award program consideration under this Act after receiving a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135 semester credit hours of award payments.
    (d-5) In this subsection (d-5), "renewing applicant" means a student attending an institution of higher learning who received a Monetary Award Program grant during the prior academic year. Beginning with the processing of applications for the 2020-2021 academic year, the Commission shall annually publish a priority deadline date for renewing applicants. Subject to appropriation, a renewing applicant who files by the published priority deadline date shall receive a grant if he or she continues to meet the eligibility requirements under this Section. A renewing applicant's failure to apply by the priority deadline date established under this subsection (d-5) shall not disqualify him or her from receiving a grant if sufficient funding is available to provide awards after that date.
    (e) The Commission, in determining the number of grants to be offered, shall take into consideration past experience with the rate of grant funds unclaimed by recipients. The Commission shall notify applicants that grant assistance is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds.
    (e-5) The General Assembly finds and declares that it is an important purpose of the Monetary Award Program to facilitate access to college both for students who pursue postsecondary education immediately following high school and for those who pursue postsecondary education later in life, particularly Illinoisans who are dislocated workers with financial need and who are seeking to improve their economic position through education. For the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, the Commission shall give additional and specific consideration to the needs of dislocated workers with the intent of allowing applicants who are dislocated workers an opportunity to secure financial assistance even if applying later than the general pool of applicants. The Commission's consideration shall include, in determining the number of grants to be offered, an estimate of the resources needed to serve dislocated workers who apply after the Commission initially suspends award announcements for the upcoming regular academic year, but prior to the beginning of that academic year. For the purposes of this subsection (e-5), a dislocated worker is defined as in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
    (f) (Blank).
    (g) The Commission shall determine the eligibility of and make grants to applicants enrolled at qualified for-profit institutions in accordance with the criteria set forth in this Section. The eligibility of applicants enrolled at such for-profit institutions shall be limited as follows:
        (1) Beginning with the academic year 1997, only to
eligible first-time freshmen and first-time transfer students who have attained an associate degree.
        (2) Beginning with the academic year 1998, only to
eligible freshmen students, transfer students who have attained an associate degree, and students who receive a grant under paragraph (1) for the academic year 1997 and whose grants are being renewed for the academic year 1998.
        (3) Beginning with the academic year 1999, to all
eligible students.
    (h) The Commission may award a grant to an eligible applicant enrolled at an Illinois public institution of higher learning in a program that will culminate in the award of an occupational or career and technical certificate as that term is defined in 23 Ill. Adm. Code 1501.301.
    (i) The Commission may adopt rules to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 102-699, eff. 4-19-22; 103-8, eff. 6-7-23.)