Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Tuition Reduction Act. Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, requires each public university located in this State to reimburse its full-time resident undergraduate students a portion of the tuition charged in the form of a grant applied directly to a student's financial aid account. Provides that to determine the per-pupil grant amount, the university shall calculate the difference, if any, between the current fiscal year's aggregate appropriations to the university and fiscal year 2015's aggregate appropriations to the university and divide that amount by the number of students enrolled in the previous academic year. Provides that 50% of this calculation then equals the per-pupil grant amount, to be awarded to currently enrolled students to reduce their tuition costs (unless the current fiscal year's aggregate appropriations to the university are equal to or less than fiscal year 2015's aggregate appropriations). Requires each university to annually report updated estimates of the total amount in grants awarded in an academic year to the Governor and the appropriate committees of the General Assembly. Effective immediately.
Fiscal Note (Illinois Board of Higher Education)
House Bill 3447 directs each public university in Illinois to calculate a per-pupil tuition grant reimbursement for its full-time resident undergraduate student population. The formula for this calculation is the difference between the current fiscal year's (Fiscal Year 2017) aggregate appropriations to each university and the Fiscal Year 2015 aggregate appropriations. In the absence of a definition for "aggregate appropriations" the Illinois Board of Higher Education assumes the term includes all direct operations and grants appropriations that are not restricted; this does not include restricted funds such as student financial aid, capital projects, research, retirement contributions, and other purposes. Under current fiscal conditions, there will be no per-pupil grant awards since the difference between Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2015 is less than zero.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause with provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: Provides that the terms of the Act only apply to appropriations to public universities for operations. Changes the year with which to compare a university's appropriations from 2015 to 2002. Provides that the tuition grant shall be determined by dividing the differences in appropriations by the number of students enrolled on the 10th day of the previous academic year (rather than divided by the number of students enrolled in the previous academic year). Provides that if the General Assembly increases funding for each university for 4 consecutive years, the Board of Higher Education shall report to the General Assembly on whether or not the Act should be repealed. Effective immediately.