MITCHELL,BILL-WINKEL-BOST-BOLAND-BERNS, MENDOZA, WIRSING,
O'BRIEN, CURRY,JULIE, GILES AND MOFFITT.
HIGH ED-FIREFIGHTER GRANT
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. Provides
that any person who has served at least 3 years as an active volunteer
or paid on-call firefighter shall be awarded a grant to a public
university or community college in this State, consisting of exemption
from tuition and fees for not more than the equivalent of 4 years of
full-time enrollment while he or she serves as an active volunteer or
paid on-call firefighter. Allows the Illinois Student Assistance
Commission to reimburse higher education institutions for the grants,
subject to appropriation.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Requires a grant recipient to be a firefighter with a fire
department in a municipality with a population of less than 5,000.
Requires grants to also be awarded to persons who serve as active
full-time firefighters. Provides that not more than 2 grants per year
may be awarded to firefighters within the same fire department.
Terminates the grant if the recipient ceases to serve as a firefighter
with the fire department that he or she was with to qualify for the
grant. Requires a grant recipient to sign an agreement under which
the recipient pledges that he or she shall remain an active volunteer,
paid on-call, or full-time firefighter with the fire department that
he or she was with to qualify for a grant for a period of not less
than one year for each year of grant assistance that he or she
receives. Provides for repayment of the grant assistance if the
recipient fails to fulfill this obligation.
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: JAN-07-2003
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 0
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