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90_HB2457 110 ILCS 947/36 Amends the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. Increases the number of semesters or quarters for which a person may be awarded an Illinois Incentive for Access Grant to 4 (from 2) semesters or 6 (from 3) quarters. Effective July 1, 1998. LRB9008439THpk LRB9008439THpk 1 AN ACT to amend the Higher Education Student Assistance 2 Act by changing Section 36. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act 6 is amended by changing Section 36 as follows: 7 (110 ILCS 947/36) 8 Sec. 36. Illinois Incentive for Access grant program. 9 (a) The Commission each year shall determine eligibility 10 for the Illinois Incentive for Access grant from applications 11 received for Monetary Award Program grant assistance under 12 Section 35 of this Act. An applicant shall be determined as 13 eligible for an Illinois Incentive for Access grant under 14 this Section when the Commission finds that the applicant: 15 (1) is a resident of this State and a citizen or 16 permanent resident of the United States; 17 (2) has no personal or family financial resources 18 available for expenditure on educational expenses, as 19 defined by current federal student financial aid 20 methodology; 21 (3) has not already received a baccalaureate 22 degree; and 23 (4) is enrolled at least one-half time as a 24 freshman undergraduate student at an approved Illinois 25 institution of higher learning participating in the 26 Monetary Award Program administered by the Commission. 27 (b) Subject to a separate appropriation made for 28 purposes of awarding grants under this Section, Illinois 29 Incentive for Access grants shall be paid in multiple 30 disbursements as determined by the Commission in an amount 31 not to exceed $500 per applicant per year. No recipient may -2- LRB9008439THpk 1 receive a grant under this Section for more than 4
22 semesters or 6 3quarters of award payments. 3 (c) Eligibility for grants awarded under this Section 4 shall be determined solely on the basis of the financial 5 resources of the applicant and the applicant's family. Cost 6 of attendance at the institution in which the applicant is 7 enrolled shall not affect eligibility for an award, except 8 that State student financial assistance awarded under this 9 Act, including the Illinois Incentive for Access award, may 10 not exceed the institution's cost of attendance. 11 (d) The Commission shall notify applicants that grant 12 assistance is contingent upon availability of appropriated 13 funds. 14 (e) The Commission shall submit a written evaluation of 15 the Illinois Incentive for Access program to the Governor, 16 the General Assembly, and the Board of Higher Education on or 17 before October 1, 1999, including a report of the progress 18 made toward the goal of increasing the access and retention 19 rates for Illinois Incentive for Access grant recipients. 20 (Source: P.A. 89-512, eff. 7-11-96.) 21 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 22 1, 1998.
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