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Full Text of HB5020  100th General Assembly


Sen. Chapin Rose

Filed: 5/23/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 5020 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the intent of the
5General Assembly that nothing in this Act reduces or eliminates
6the funding of Monetary Award Program grants by the Illinois
7Student Assistance Commission for first-time applicants who
8are not freshmen of an institution of higher learning.
9    Section 5. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
10amended by changing Section 35 as follows:
11    (110 ILCS 947/35)
12    Sec. 35. Monetary award program.
13    (a) The Commission shall, each year, receive and consider
14applications for grant assistance under this Section. Subject
15to a separate appropriation for such purposes, an applicant is



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1eligible for a grant under this Section when the Commission
2finds that the applicant:
3        (1) is a resident of this State and a citizen or
4    permanent resident of the United States; and
5        (2) in the absence of grant assistance, will be
6    deterred by financial considerations from completing an
7    educational program at the qualified institution of his or
8    her choice.
9    (b) The Commission shall award renewals only upon the
10student's application and upon the Commission's finding that
11the applicant:
12        (1) has remained a student in good standing;
13        (2) remains a resident of this State; and
14        (3) is in a financial situation that continues to
15    warrant assistance.
16    (c) All grants shall be applicable only to tuition and
17necessary fee costs. The Commission shall determine the grant
18amount for each student, which shall not exceed the smallest of
19the following amounts:
20        (1) subject to appropriation, $5,468 for fiscal year
21    2009, $5,968 for fiscal year 2010, and $6,468 for fiscal
22    year 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter, or such lesser
23    amount as the Commission finds to be available, during an
24    academic year;
25        (2) the amount which equals 2 semesters or 3 quarters
26    tuition and other necessary fees required generally by the



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1    institution of all full-time undergraduate students; or
2        (3) such amount as the Commission finds to be
3    appropriate in view of the applicant's financial
4    resources.
5    Subject to appropriation, the maximum grant amount for
6students not subject to subdivision (1) of this subsection (c)
7must be increased by the same percentage as any increase made
8by law to the maximum grant amount under subdivision (1) of
9this subsection (c).
10    "Tuition and other necessary fees" as used in this Section
11include the customary charge for instruction and use of
12facilities in general, and the additional fixed fees charged
13for specified purposes, which are required generally of
14nongrant recipients for each academic period for which the
15grant applicant actually enrolls, but do not include fees
16payable only once or breakage fees and other contingent
17deposits which are refundable in whole or in part. The
18Commission may prescribe, by rule not inconsistent with this
19Section, detailed provisions concerning the computation of
20tuition and other necessary fees.
21    (d) No applicant, including those presently receiving
22scholarship assistance under this Act, is eligible for monetary
23award program consideration under this Act after receiving a
24baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135 semester credit
25hours of award payments.
26    (d-5) In this subsection (d-5), "renewing applicant" means



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1a student attending a public institution of higher learning who
2received a Monetary Award Program grant during the prior
3academic year. Beginning with the processing of applications
4for the 2020-2021 academic year, the Commission shall annually
5publish a priority deadline date for renewing applicants.
6Subject to appropriation, a renewing applicant who files by the
7published priority deadline date shall receive a grant if he or
8she continues to meet the eligibility requirements under this
9Section. A renewing applicant's failure to apply by the
10priority deadline date established under this subsection (d-5)
11shall not disqualify him or her from receiving a grant if
12sufficient funding is available to provide awards after that
14    (e) The Commission, in determining the number of grants to
15be offered, shall take into consideration past experience with
16the rate of grant funds unclaimed by recipients. The Commission
17shall notify applicants that grant assistance is contingent
18upon the availability of appropriated funds.
19    (e-5) The General Assembly finds and declares that it is an
20important purpose of the Monetary Award Program to facilitate
21access to college both for students who pursue postsecondary
22education immediately following high school and for those who
23pursue postsecondary education later in life, particularly
24Illinoisans who are dislocated workers with financial need and
25who are seeking to improve their economic position through
26education. For the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, the



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1Commission shall give additional and specific consideration to
2the needs of dislocated workers with the intent of allowing
3applicants who are dislocated workers an opportunity to secure
4financial assistance even if applying later than the general
5pool of applicants. The Commission's consideration shall
6include, in determining the number of grants to be offered, an
7estimate of the resources needed to serve dislocated workers
8who apply after the Commission initially suspends award
9announcements for the upcoming regular academic year, but prior
10to the beginning of that academic year. For the purposes of
11this subsection (e-5), a dislocated worker is defined as in the
12federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
13    (f) The Commission may request appropriations for deposit
14into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund. Monies deposited
15into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund may be expended
16exclusively for one purpose: to make Monetary Award Program
17grants to eligible students. Amounts on deposit in the Monetary
18Award Program Reserve Fund may not exceed 2% of the current
19annual State appropriation for the Monetary Award Program.
20    The purpose of the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund is
21to enable the Commission each year to assure as many students
22as possible of their eligibility for a Monetary Award Program
23grant and to do so before commencement of the academic year.
24Moneys deposited in this Reserve Fund are intended to enhance
25the Commission's management of the Monetary Award Program,
26minimizing the necessity, magnitude, and frequency of



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1adjusting award amounts and ensuring that the annual Monetary
2Award Program appropriation can be fully utilized.
3    (g) Until July 1, 2019, the The Commission shall determine
4the eligibility of and make grants to applicants enrolled at
5qualified for-profit institutions in accordance with the
6criteria set forth in this Section. The eligibility of
7applicants enrolled at such for-profit institutions shall be
8limited as follows:
9        (1) Beginning with the academic year 1997, only to
10    eligible first-time freshmen and first-time transfer
11    students who have attained an associate degree.
12        (2) Beginning with the academic year 1998, only to
13    eligible freshmen students, transfer students who have
14    attained an associate degree, and students who receive a
15    grant under paragraph (1) for the academic year 1997 and
16    whose grants are being renewed for the academic year 1998.
17        (3) Beginning with the academic year 1999, to all
18    eligible students.
19    (h) Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, the
20Commission may not make any grants under this Section to an
21applicant enrolled at a for-profit institution; except that
22until July 1, 2023, the Commission may award a grant renewal to
23an applicant enrolled at a for-profit institution if he or she
24otherwise meets the renewal requirements under this Section.
25    (i) The Commission may adopt rules to implement this



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1(Source: P.A. 100-477, eff. 9-8-17.)
2    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
3becoming law.".