99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2015 and 2016
Introduced 5/31/2015, by Sen. Andy Manar
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
30 ILCS 105/5.866 new
Creates the Illinois College Promise Program Act. Provides that the
Illinois Community College Board shall administer the Program for Illinois
residents seeking an associate's degree, certificate, or diploma from an
eligible community college. Sets forth provisions concerning the
eligibility requirements for a student to be awarded the Illinois College
Promise scholarship. Sets forth provisions concerning the administration
of the Illinois College Promise Scholarship Fund. Amends the State Finance
Act. Creates the Illinois College Promise Scholarship Fund as a special
fund in the State Treasury. Effective July 1, 2016.
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Illinois College Promise Program Act.
In this Act:
"Board" means Illinois Community College Board.
"Continuous enrollment" means a student has attended
classes in the fall and spring semester of
a single academic
year; enrollment in summer semester or intersession terms is
"Eligible high school" means:
(1) an Illinois public secondary school;
(2) a private secondary school that is located in
Illinois and is approved by the
(3) an out-of-state boarding school accredited by a
regional accrediting association
that is attended by an
"Eligible community college" has the meaning provided in
subsection (c) of Section 1-2 of the Public Community College
"Full-time student" means a student at an eligible
community college who is
enrolled for at least 12 semester
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hours during each semester of attendance.
"Fund" means the Illinois College Promise Scholarship
"Gift aid" means scholarships and grants from any source
that do not require
repayment, including, but not limited to,
funds provided through the federal Foster Care Independence Act
of 1999, compiled generally in Title 42 U.S.C., and other
similar programs; "gift aid" does not include student loans and
"Scholarship" means the scholarship awarded under the
Illinois College Promise Program.
"Program" means the Illinois College Promise Program.
The Board shall administer the
Program for Illinois residents seeking an associate's degree,
certificate, or diploma from an eligible community college
under the following terms and conditions:
(1) To be eligible for the scholarship, a student shall
be admitted to and enrolled full-time in an eligible
community college in the fall term after receiving a high
school diploma, a certificate of high school graduation, or
a high school equivalency certificate. Exceptions to
may be made for extenuating
circumstances as provided in rules adopted by the Board.
(2) Students applying for the scholarship shall
complete the Illinois College Promise
application in their
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initial year of enrollment. Students shall complete the
for federal student aid each academic year
in which they seek to receive Scholarship.
(3) To continue to receive Scholarship, a student shall
maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by
the rules adopted by the Board.
(4) Subject to the moneys appropriated by the General
Assembly, a Scholarship shall be the cost of tuition and
mandatory fees at an eligible community college attended
less all other gift aid. Gift aid shall be credited first
to the student's tuition and mandatory fees.
(5) A student awarded a Scholarship under this Act who
has an approved medical or personal leave of absence from
an eligible community college may continue to
scholarship upon resuming the student's education at an
eligible community college so long as the student continues
to meet all applicable eligibility requirements under this
Act and as adopted by the Board. The total of all approved
leaves of absence shall not exceed 6 months.
(6) A student shall be eligible for the Scholarship
until the occurrence of the first
of the following events:
(A) the student has earned a certificate, diploma,
or associate degree; or
(B) the sum of the number of years the student
attended a postsecondary
institution, exclusive of
approved leaves of absence, equals 2 years from the
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date of the student's initial enrollment at an eligible
(7) Except for a medical or personal leave of absence,
as approved by an eligible community college, a student
awarded a Scholarship under this Act shall maintain
continuous enrollment at an eligible community college.
The Board shall develop the selection and renewal criteria
for students and adopt residency requirements, and shall have
the authority to work with outside organizations to develop the
most effective means for delivering the Scholarships.
Illinois College Promise Scholarship Fund.
There is created in the State treasury the Illinois College
Promise Scholarship Fund, which shall consist of moneys
appropriated annually by the General Assembly from the General
Revenue Fund and any gifts, bequests, or donations. The State
Treasurer shall be custodian of the fund. Moneys in the Fund
shall be appropriated and used solely for the administration of
the Program. The State Treasurer may invest moneys in the Fund.
Any interest and moneys earned on such investments shall be
credited to the Fund by the State Treasurer. Notwithstanding
any other law to the contrary, the Illinois College Promise
Scholarship Fund is not subject to sweeps, administrative
charge-backs, or any other fiscal or budgetary maneuver that
would in any way transfer any amounts from the Illinois College
Promise Scholarship Fund into any other fund of the State.