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90_HB3747 110 ILCS 205/9.26 new Amends the Board of Higher Education Act. Creates the graduation incentive grant program to be implemented and administered by the Board of Higher Education. Provides that from appropriations made to the Board for purposes of the program, the Board shall award grant incentives to public universities that offer their undergraduate students contracts under which the university commits itself to provide the courses, programs, and support services necessary to enable the contracting students to graduate within 4 years. Establishes eligibility criteria for grant applications. Requires the Board of Higher Education to annually submit to the Governor and General Assembly a budgetary recommendation for the grant program. Effective July 1, 1998. LRB9009184THpk LRB9009184THpk 1 AN ACT to amend the Board of Higher Education Act by 2 adding Section 9.26. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Board of Higher Education Act is amended 6 by adding Section 9.26 as follows: 7 (110 ILCS 205/9.26 new) 8 Sec. 9.26. Graduation incentive grant program. 9 (a) The graduation incentive grant program is hereby 10 created. The program shall be implemented and administered 11 by the Board of Higher Education to provide grant incentives 12 to public universities that offer their undergraduate 13 students contracts under which the university commits itself 14 to provide the courses, programs, and support services 15 necessary to enable the contracting students to graduate 16 within 4 years. Grants shall be awarded from appropriations 17 made to the Board of Higher Education for purposes of this 18 Section. 19 (b) To be eligible for grant consideration, a public 20 university shall annually file a report with the Board of 21 Higher Education detailing its 4-year graduation contract 22 program. The report shall include, at a minimum, the 23 following information: the number of undergraduate students 24 participating in the program, the requirements of the 4-year 25 graduation contracts offered by the university, the types of 26 additional support services provided by the university to the 27 contracting students, and the cost of the program. 28 (c) In awarding grants to public universities under this 29 Section, the Board of Higher Education shall consider each 30 applicant's report data, the number of institutions wishing 31 to participate, and such other criteria as the Board of -2- LRB9009184THpk 1 Higher Education determines to be appropriate. 2 (d) The Board of Higher Education shall annually submit 3 to the Governor and the General Assembly a budgetary 4 recommendation for grants under this Section and shall notify 5 applicants for grant assistance that the award of grants 6 under this Section is contingent upon the availability of 7 appropriated funds. 8 (e) The Board of Higher Education may adopt such rules 9 as it deems necessary for administration of the grant program 10 created by this Section. 11 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 12 1, 1998.
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