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91_HB4703eng HB4703 Engrossed LRB9112304NTmg 1 AN ACT concerning higher education. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 3. The Board of Higher Education Act is amended 5 by changing Section 9.28 as follows: 6 (110 ILCS 205/9.28) 7 Sec. 9.28. Graduation incentive grant program. 8 (a) The graduation incentive grant program is hereby 9 created. The program shall be implemented and administered 10 by the Board of Higher Education to provide grant incentives 11 to public universities that offer their undergraduate 12 students contracts under which the university commits itself 13 to provide the courses, programs, and support services 14 necessary to enable the contracting students to graduate 15 within 4 years or, for universities that (i) have a prominent 16 number of non-traditional or transfer students or (ii) do not 17 have freshman and sophomore enrollment, to have an expedited 18 graduation. Grants shall be awarded from appropriations made 19 to the Board of Higher Education for purposes of this 20 Section. 21 (b) To be eligible for grant consideration, a public 22 university shall annually file a report with the Board of 23 Higher Education detailing its 4-year or expedited graduation 24 contract program. The report shall include, at a minimum, 25 the following information: the number of undergraduate 26 students participating in the program, the requirements of 27 the 4-year or expedited graduation contracts offered by the 28 university, the types of additional support services provided 29 by the university to the contracting students, and the cost 30 of the program. 31 (c) In awarding grants to public universities under this HB4703 Engrossed -2- LRB9112304NTmg 1 Section, the Board of Higher Education may consider each 2 applicant's report data, the number of institutions wishing 3 to participate, and such other criteria as the Board of 4 Higher Education determines to be appropriate. 5 (d) The Board of Higher Education shall annually submit 6 to the Governor and the General Assembly a budgetary 7 recommendation for grants under this Section and shall notify 8 applicants for grant assistance that the award of grants 9 under this Section is contingent upon the availability of 10 appropriated funds. 11 (e) The Board of Higher Education may adopt such rules 12 as it deems necessary for administration of the grant program 13 created by this Section. 14 (Source: P.A. 90-750, eff. 8-14-98; 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.) 15 Section 5. The Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program 16 Act is amended by changing Section 3 as follows: 17 (110 ILCS 225/3) (from Ch. 144, par. 2953) 18 Sec. 3. Creation and implementation of program. A 19 program of financial assistance to support student 20 cooperative work study programs in higher education is 21 established to benefit students academically and financially, 22 reduce reliance on loans, enhance public-private sector 23 partnerships, and encourage students to seek permanent 24 employment in Illinois. 25 The Board shall administer the program of financial 26 assistance and shall distribute the funds appropriated by the 27 General Assembly for this purpose in the form of grants to 28 public or nonpublic institutions of higher education to 29 expand opportunities for students to pursue internships, 30 clinical placement, cooperative programs with business and 31 industry, and other work opportunities linked to a student's 32 academic program. In awarding grants under this Act, the HB4703 Engrossed -3- LRB9112304NTmg 1 Board shall consider whether programs: 2 (1) strengthen cooperation between higher 3 education, business, industry, and government; 4 (2) promote school/college partnerships; 5 (3) encourage social and community service 6 activities; 7 (4) maximize the use of matching contributions from 8 business and industry, governmental and social agencies, 9 and participating colleges and universities to support 10 student wages; 11 (5) create new opportunities for partnerships 12 between the public and private sectors; 13 (6) integrate other components of student financial 14 aid to reduce reliance on student loans; and 15 (7) meet other criteria that the Board determines 16 are appropriate. 17 The Board shall assure that a representative number of 18 the grants support cooperative work study programs that 19 support work experiences for students in academic programs 20 related to
ofengineering, science, math, information 21 technology, andeducation, and other high demand fields. 22 No grant may be awarded under this Section for any 23 program of sectarian instruction or for any program designed 24 to serve a sectarian purpose. 25 As part of its administration of the Act, the Board may 26 require evaluations, audits or reports in relation to fiscal 27 and academic aspects of any program for which a grant is 28 awarded under this Act. The Board shall annually submit to 29 the Governor and General Assembly a budgetary recommendation 30 for grants under this Act. 31 The Board may adopt rules it deems necessary for 32 administration of this Act. 33 (Source: P.A. 87-513.) HB4703 Engrossed -4- LRB9112304NTmg 1 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 2 becoming law.
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