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Full Text of SB1809  101st General Assembly


Sen. Donald P. DeWitte

Filed: 4/3/2019





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1809 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
5amended by changing Section 35 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 947/35)
7    Sec. 35. Monetary award program.
8    (a) The Commission shall, each year, receive and consider
9applications for grant assistance under this Section. Subject
10to a separate appropriation for such purposes, an applicant is
11eligible for a grant under this Section when the Commission
12finds that the applicant:
13        (1) is a resident of this State and a citizen or
14    permanent resident of the United States; and
15        (2) in the absence of grant assistance, will be
16    deterred by financial considerations from completing an



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1    educational program at the qualified institution of his or
2    her choice.
3    (b) The Commission shall award renewals only upon the
4student's application and upon the Commission's finding that
5the applicant:
6        (1) has remained a student in good standing;
7        (2) remains a resident of this State; and
8        (3) is in a financial situation that continues to
9    warrant assistance.
10    (c) All grants shall be applicable only to tuition and
11necessary fee costs. The Commission shall determine the grant
12amount for each student, which shall not exceed the smallest of
13the following amounts:
14        (1) subject to appropriation, $5,468 for fiscal year
15    2009, $5,968 for fiscal year 2010, and $6,468 for fiscal
16    year 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter, or such lesser
17    amount as the Commission finds to be available, during an
18    academic year;
19        (2) the amount which equals 2 semesters or 3 quarters
20    tuition and other necessary fees required generally by the
21    institution of all full-time undergraduate students; or
22        (3) such amount as the Commission finds to be
23    appropriate in view of the applicant's financial
24    resources.
25    Subject to appropriation, the maximum grant amount for
26students not subject to subdivision (1) of this subsection (c)



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1must be increased by the same percentage as any increase made
2by law to the maximum grant amount under subdivision (1) of
3this subsection (c).
4    "Tuition and other necessary fees" as used in this Section
5include the customary charge for instruction and use of
6facilities in general, and the additional fixed fees charged
7for specified purposes, which are required generally of
8nongrant recipients for each academic period for which the
9grant applicant actually enrolls, but do not include fees
10payable only once or breakage fees and other contingent
11deposits which are refundable in whole or in part. The
12Commission may prescribe, by rule not inconsistent with this
13Section, detailed provisions concerning the computation of
14tuition and other necessary fees.
15    (d) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, no No
16applicant, including those presently receiving scholarship
17assistance under this Act, is eligible for monetary award
18program consideration under this Act after receiving a
19baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135 semester credit
20hours of award payments.
21    (d-3) Beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year through
22the 2024-2025 academic year, an applicant who is otherwise
23eligible for grant assistance under this Section may receive
24grant assistance for an additional academic year after
25receiving a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135
26semester credit hours if he or she (i) enrolls in a



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1State-approved educator preparation program and (ii) within 5
2years after receiving a Professional Educator License, teaches
3in this State for a minimum of 3 years. If at any time a person
4fails to meet the requirements of this subsection, he or she
5must repay the amount of additional assistance received to the
6Commission, in a manner as determined by the Commission,
7prorated according to the fraction of the teaching obligation
8not completed. This subsection is inoperative on and after July
91, 2025.
10    (d-5) In this subsection (d-5), "renewing applicant" means
11a student attending an institution of higher learning who
12received a Monetary Award Program grant during the prior
13academic year. Beginning with the processing of applications
14for the 2020-2021 academic year, the Commission shall annually
15publish a priority deadline date for renewing applicants.
16Subject to appropriation, a renewing applicant who files by the
17published priority deadline date shall receive a grant if he or
18she continues to meet the eligibility requirements under this
19Section. A renewing applicant's failure to apply by the
20priority deadline date established under this subsection (d-5)
21shall not disqualify him or her from receiving a grant if
22sufficient funding is available to provide awards after that
24    (e) The Commission, in determining the number of grants to
25be offered, shall take into consideration past experience with
26the rate of grant funds unclaimed by recipients. The Commission



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1shall notify applicants that grant assistance is contingent
2upon the availability of appropriated funds.
3    (e-5) The General Assembly finds and declares that it is an
4important purpose of the Monetary Award Program to facilitate
5access to college both for students who pursue postsecondary
6education immediately following high school and for those who
7pursue postsecondary education later in life, particularly
8Illinoisans who are dislocated workers with financial need and
9who are seeking to improve their economic position through
10education. For the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, the
11Commission shall give additional and specific consideration to
12the needs of dislocated workers with the intent of allowing
13applicants who are dislocated workers an opportunity to secure
14financial assistance even if applying later than the general
15pool of applicants. The Commission's consideration shall
16include, in determining the number of grants to be offered, an
17estimate of the resources needed to serve dislocated workers
18who apply after the Commission initially suspends award
19announcements for the upcoming regular academic year, but prior
20to the beginning of that academic year. For the purposes of
21this subsection (e-5), a dislocated worker is defined as in the
22federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
23    (f) (Blank).
24    (g) The Commission shall determine the eligibility of and
25make grants to applicants enrolled at qualified for-profit
26institutions in accordance with the criteria set forth in this



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1Section. The eligibility of applicants enrolled at such
2for-profit institutions shall be limited as follows:
3        (1) Beginning with the academic year 1997, only to
4    eligible first-time freshmen and first-time transfer
5    students who have attained an associate degree.
6        (2) Beginning with the academic year 1998, only to
7    eligible freshmen students, transfer students who have
8    attained an associate degree, and students who receive a
9    grant under paragraph (1) for the academic year 1997 and
10    whose grants are being renewed for the academic year 1998.
11        (3) Beginning with the academic year 1999, to all
12    eligible students.
13    (h) The Commission may adopt rules to implement this
15(Source: P.A. 100-477, eff. 9-8-17; 100-621, eff. 7-20-18;
16100-823, eff. 8-13-18; revised 10-10-18.)
17    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
18becoming law.".