higher education on behalf of students who have been awarded
financial assistance pursuant to Section 15 of this Act. The
Commission shall adopt rules for the implementation of the
provisions of this Act and the disbursement of funds consistent
therewith and appropriate to the administration of the program.
(a) Under the Community College Transfer Grant Program,
grants must be made on behalf of students who are residents of
this State and who meet all of the following qualifications:
(1) Have received an associate's degree at a public
community college located in this State.
(2) Have enrolled in an institution of higher education
located in this State by the fall semester following the
award of the associate's degree.
(3) Have applied for financial aid, including
completing and submitting a free application for federal
(4) Have financial need, defined as an Expected Family
Contribution (EFC) of no more than $9,000 as calculated by
the federal government using the family's financial
information reported on the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Only students who maintained a cumulative grade point
average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent while
enrolled in an associate's degree program at a public community
college located in this State are eligible to receive a grant
under this Act.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the
contrary, the Commission shall consider an applicant eligible
for a grant under this Section if the Commission finds that the
applicant is (i) a United States citizen or eligible
non-citizen and (ii) a resident of this State.
(c) Eligibility for a grant under the Community College
Transfer Grant Program is limited to 2 academic years or 60
credit hours and must be used only for undergraduate collegiate
To remain eligible for a grant under this program, a
student must continue to demonstrate financial need, as defined
in this Section, maintain a cumulative grade point average of
at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent, and make
satisfactory academic progress towards a degree.
Amount of award.
The amount of the grant under
this Act for an eligible student is subject to appropriation
and is fixed at $1,000 per year. Students pursuing
undergraduate collegiate work in engineering, mathematics,
nursing, teaching, or science are eligible for an additional
State financial aid eligibility.
assistance received by a student under the Community College
Transfer Grant Program must not be reduced by the receipt of
other financial aid from any source by the student. However, a
student may not receive a grant pursuant to this Act that, when
added to other financial aid received by that student, would
enable the student to receive total assistance in excess of the
estimated cost to the student of attending the institution in
which he or she is enrolled.
This Act takes effect July 1,