(110 ILCS 947/70)
Administration of scholarship and grant programs.
(a) An applicant to whom the Commission has awarded a scholarship or
grant under this Act may apply for enrollment as a student in any
qualified institution of higher learning. The institution is not required to
accept the applicant for enrollment, but is free to exact compliance with its
own admissions requirements, standards, and policies. The institution may
receive the payments of tuition and other necessary fees provided by the
scholarship or grant, for credit against the student's obligation for such
tuition and fees, and for no other purpose, and shall be contractually
(1) to provide facilities and instruction to the
(b) If, in the course of any academic period, any student enrolled in
any institution pursuant to a scholarship or grant awarded under this Act
for any reason ceases to be a student in good standing, the institution shall
promptly give written notice to the Commission concerning that change of status
and the reason therefor. For purposes of this Section, a student does not cease
to be a student in good standing merely because he or she is not classified as
a full-time student.
(c) A student to whom a renewal scholarship or grant has been awarded
may either re-enroll in the institution which he or she attended during the
preceding year, or enroll in any other qualified institution of higher
learning; and in either event, the institution accepting the student for
enrollment or re-enrollment shall notify the Commission of
that acceptance and may receive payments and shall be contractually
obligated as provided with respect to a first-year scholarship or grant.
(d) The Commission shall administer the scholarship and grant accounts
and related records of each student who is attending an institution of
higher learning under financial assistance awarded pursuant to this Act,
and at each proper time shall certify to the State Comptroller, in the manner
prescribed by law, the current payment to be made to the institution on account
of such financial assistance, in accordance with an appropriate certificate
from the institution. The Commission may require the participating institution
of higher learning to perform specific eligibility evaluation procedures as a
condition of participation.
(e) The Commission shall conduct on-site audits of educational
institutions participating in Commission administered programs. When
institutions have claimed and received funds on behalf of ineligible
recipients, the Commission may adjust subsequent institutional payments to
recover those funds.
(f) The Commission may, upon the request of any institution
received payment for scholarship and grant awards for each of the last 5
years, certify to the Comptroller an advance payment for the current term
to be made to the institution on account of such financial assistance in an
amount not to exceed 75% of announced awards for the institution for such
financial assistance for the current term, adjusted for attrition over the
last 5 years. For the purposes of this Section, "attrition" is the number
of announced award winners enrolled on the 10th class day as a percentage
of the total announced awards. The request for an advance payment for the
current term shall not be submitted until 10 class days after the last day
for registration for that term. Upon appropriate certification from the
institution presented for each payment period, after the standard tuition
and mandatory fees have been established for all students for the term of
payment and the award recipient has enrolled, the Commission shall certify
to the State Comptroller the balance of the current payment to be made to
the institution on account of such financial assistance. If an advance
payment received by an institution exceeds the payment to which that
institution is entitled, the Commission shall reduce subsequent payments
to that institution for later terms within the same academic year as the
overpayment by an amount equal to the overpayment; if the reduction cannot
be made, the institution shall refund the overpayment to the Commission.
The Commission may deny or reduce the advance payment provided to any
institution under this Section if it has reason to believe that the advance
payment for the current term may exceed the full payment the institution is
entitled to receive for such assistance for that term.
(g) The personal identity and address of a scholarship, grant, or other financial assistance applicant or recipient under a non-discretionary program administered by the Commission, including, but not limited to, the Monetary Award Program under Section 35 of this Act, where eligibility data is obtained from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid authorized by 20 U.S.C. 1090 or is protected from disclosure under federal or State law or under rules and regulations implementing federal or State law, is information that is intended to remain private and shall be exempt from inspection and copying under the Freedom of Information Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-887, eff. 8-14-18.)