Rep. Kevin A. McCarthy

Filed: 3/28/2006





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2225, AS AMENDED,
3 by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
4 following:
5     "Section 5. The Board of Higher Education Act is amended by
6 changing Section 9.07 as follows:
7     (110 ILCS 205/9.07)  (from Ch. 144, par. 189.07)
8     Sec. 9.07. Admission standards.
9     (a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b), to
10 establish minimum admission standards for public community
11 colleges, colleges and state universities. However,
12 notwithstanding any other provision of this Section or any
13 other law of this State, the minimum admission standards
14 established by the Board shall not directly or indirectly
15 authorize or require a State college or university to
16 discriminate in the admissions process against an applicant for
17 admission because of the applicant's enrollment in a charter
18 school established under Article 27A of the School Code.
19 Admission standards for out-of-state students may be higher
20 than for Illinois residents.
21     (b) Implementation of the new statewide minimum admission
22 requirements and standards for public colleges and
23 universities in Illinois established and announced by the Board
24 in December, 1985 shall be deferred as provided in this



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1 subsection. The Board shall not attempt to implement or
2 otherwise effect adoption and establishment of those minimum
3 admission requirements and standards in any public community
4 college, college or State university prior to the fall of 1993,
5 and no public community college, college or State university
6 shall be under any duty or obligation to implement, establish
7 or otherwise apply those minimum admission requirements and
8 standards to any entering freshmen prior to the fall of 1993.
9 The Board of Higher Education shall provide the State
10 Superintendent of Education, on or before January 1, 1990,
11 descriptions of course content, and such other criteria as are
12 necessary to determine and certify whether all school districts
13 maintaining grades 9-12 are offering courses which satisfy the
14 minimum admission requirements and standards established and
15 announced by the Board. In addition, there shall be established
16 a 9 member committee composed of 3 members selected by the
17 Board of Higher Education, 3 members selected by the State
18 Superintendent of Education and 3 members selected by the
19 President of the Illinois Vocational Association. The
20 committee shall be appointed within 30 days after the effective
21 date of this amendatory Act. It shall be the duty and
22 responsibility of the committee to identify and develop courses
23 and curricula in the vocational education area which meet the
24 minimum admission requirements and standards to be established
25 and implemented under this Section. The first meeting of the
26 committee shall be called by the Executive Director of the
27 Board of Higher Education within 10 days after the committee is
28 appointed. At its first meeting the committee shall organize
29 and elect a chairperson. The committee's report shall be
30 prepared and submitted by the committee to the Board of Higher
31 Education, the Illinois State Board of Education and the
32 General Assembly by April 1, 1989.
33     (c) By March 1, 1980, the Boards shall develop guidelines
34 which: (1) place the emphasis on postsecondary remedial



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1 programs at Public Community Colleges and (2) reduces the role
2 of the state universities in offering remedial programs. By
3 June 30, 1981, the Board shall report to the General Assembly
4 the progress made toward this transition in the emphasis on
5 remedial programs at the postsecondary level and any
6 legislative action that it deems appropriate. Under the
7 guidelines, if a State university determines that a student
8 needs remedial coursework, then the university must require
9 that the student complete the remedial coursework before
10 pursuing his or her course of study.
11 (Source: P.A. 89-450, eff. 4-10-96.)
12     Section 10. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
13 amended by changing Section 35 as follows:
14     (110 ILCS 947/35)
15     Sec. 35. Monetary award program.
16     (a) The Commission shall, each year, receive and consider
17 applications for grant assistance under this Section. Subject
18 to a separate appropriation for such purposes, an applicant is
19 eligible for a grant under this Section when the Commission
20 finds that the applicant:
21         (1) is a resident of this State and a citizen or
22     permanent resident of the United States; and
23         (2) in the absence of grant assistance, will be
24     deterred by financial considerations from completing an
25     educational program at the qualified institution of his or
26     her choice.
27     (b) The Commission shall award renewals only upon the
28 student's application and upon the Commission's finding that
29 the applicant:
30         (1) has remained a student in good standing;
31         (2) remains a resident of this State; and
32         (3) is in a financial situation that continues to



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1     warrant assistance.
2     (c) All grants shall be applicable only to tuition and
3 necessary fee costs. The Commission shall determine the grant
4 amount for each student, which shall not exceed the smallest of
5 the following amounts:
6         (1) $4,968, or such lesser amount as the Commission
7     finds to be available, during an academic year; or
8         (2) the amount which equals 2 semesters or 3 quarters
9     tuition and other necessary fees required generally by the
10     institution of all full-time undergraduate students; or
11         (3) such amount as the Commission finds to be
12     appropriate in view of the applicant's financial
13     resources.
14 "Tuition and other necessary fees" as used in this Section
15 include the customary charge for instruction and use of
16 facilities in general, and the additional fixed fees charged
17 for specified purposes, which are required generally of
18 nongrant recipients for each academic period for which the
19 grant applicant actually enrolls, but do not include fees
20 payable only once or breakage fees and other contingent
21 deposits which are refundable in whole or in part. The
22 Commission may prescribe, by rule not inconsistent with this
23 Section, detailed provisions concerning the computation of
24 tuition and other necessary fees.
25     (d) No applicant, including those presently receiving
26 scholarship assistance under this Act, is eligible for monetary
27 award program consideration under this Act after receiving a
28 baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135 semester credit
29 hours of award payments. However, a student is not ineligible
30 for monetary award program consideration under this subsection
31 (d) if all of the following apply:
32         (1) A State university that the student was enrolled at
33     required that the student complete remedial coursework.
34         (2) By subtracting the total number of semester credit



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1     hours, not to exceed 15 semester credit hours, of required
2     remedial coursework that the student successfully
3     completed and received award payments for, the student has
4     received less than the equivalent of 135 semester credit
5     hours of award payments.
6         (3) The student began his or her post-secondary course
7     of study during the 2007-2008 academic year.
8     (e) The Commission, in determining the number of grants to
9 be offered, shall take into consideration past experience with
10 the rate of grant funds unclaimed by recipients. The Commission
11 shall notify applicants that grant assistance is contingent
12 upon the availability of appropriated funds.
13     (f) The Commission may request appropriations for deposit
14 into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund. Monies deposited
15 into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund may be expended
16 exclusively for one purpose: to make Monetary Award Program
17 grants to eligible students. Amounts on deposit in the Monetary
18 Award Program Reserve Fund may not exceed 2% of the current
19 annual State appropriation for the Monetary Award Program.
20     The purpose of the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund is
21 to enable the Commission each year to assure as many students
22 as possible of their eligibility for a Monetary Award Program
23 grant and to do so before commencement of the academic year.
24 Moneys deposited in this Reserve Fund are intended to enhance
25 the Commission's management of the Monetary Award Program,
26 minimizing the necessity, magnitude, and frequency of
27 adjusting award amounts and ensuring that the annual Monetary
28 Award Program appropriation can be fully utilized.
29     (g) The Commission shall determine the eligibility of and
30 make grants to applicants enrolled at qualified for-profit
31 institutions in accordance with the criteria set forth in this
32 Section. The eligibility of applicants enrolled at such
33 for-profit institutions shall be limited as follows:
34         (1) Beginning with the academic year 1997, only to



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1     eligible first-time freshmen and first-time transfer
2     students who have attained an associate degree.
3         (2) Beginning with the academic year 1998, only to
4     eligible freshmen students, transfer students who have
5     attained an associate degree, and students who receive a
6     grant under paragraph (1) for the academic year 1997 and
7     whose grants are being renewed for the academic year 1998.
8         (3) Beginning with the academic year 1999, to all
9     eligible students.
10 (Source: P.A. 92-45, eff. 7-1-01; 93-1032, eff. 9-2-04.)".