Full Text of HB3447 100th General Assembly
HB3447eng 100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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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
Tuition Reduction Act.
(a) The General Assembly recognizes that this State's
higher education system plays a critical role in ensuring this
State's continued leadership role in driving economic
prosperity, innovation, and opportunity. By educating citizens
for living wage jobs, producing world-class research, and
helping to create vibrant communities, this State's
institutions of higher education form a foundational component
in ensuring prosperity for our citizens.
(b) The General Assembly also recognizes the importance of
prioritizing scarce resources for the core, front-line
services that higher education institutions provide, namely
instruction, research, and robust financial aid. During times
of economic downturn, policymakers must focus on those areas of
public service that have the most direct and immediate impact
on students. Keeping class sections open, attracting the best
professors and instructors, providing comprehensive support
services, and offering meaningful financial help to offset the
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costs of attending college must be the main concerns of
policymakers. It is for these reasons that the General Assembly
intends to refocus its commitment to direct aid to students and
continue efforts to make college more affordable.
In this Act:
"Student" means a full-time resident undergraduate student
enrolled at a university.
"University" means a public university located in this
(a) Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, each
university must reimburse a portion of the tuition charged to
students as provided in this subsection (a). Reimbursement
shall be in the form of a grant applied directly to a student's
financial aid account. 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 for operations and fiscal year 2002's aggregate
appropriations to the university for operations and divide that
amount by the number of students enrolled on the tenth day of
the previous academic year. Fifty percent of this calculation
then equals the per-pupil grant amount, to be awarded to
currently enrolled students to reduce their tuition costs.
However, if the current fiscal year's aggregate appropriations
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to the university for operations are equal to or less than
fiscal year 2002's aggregate appropriations for operations,
then the university is not required to award any grants under
this subsection (a) in a given academic year.
(b) On or before September 1, 2018 and on or before
September 1 each year thereafter, each university shall report
updated estimates of the total amount in grants awarded under
subsection (a) of this Section in an academic year to the
Governor and the appropriate committees of the General
(c) 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 this Act should be repealed.
This Act takes effect upon