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      110 ILCS 947/35
          Amends  the  Higher  Education  Student  Assistance  Act.
      Provides that if a student who receives  a  MAP  award  as  a
      full-time  undergraduate student has not received the maximum
      grant for the academic year in which  the  grant  is  awarded
      because of a change in his or her full-time enrollment status
      before  the  summer  term  of  that academic year begins, the
      Commission  shall  provide  summer  term  assistance  to  the
      student if the student  applies  and  remains  MAP  eligible.
      Provides  that  the amount of summer term assistance provided
      may not cause the aggregate amount of the grant  received  by
      the  student  for the academic year to exceed the maximum MAP
      award available for full-time enrollment  for  that  academic
      year.  Effective July 1, 1998.
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 1        AN  ACT  to amend the Higher Education Student Assistance
 2    Act by changing Section 35.
 3        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:
 5        Section  5.   The Higher Education Student Assistance Act
 6    is amended by changing Section 35 as follows:
 7        (110 ILCS 947/35)
 8        Sec. 35. Monetary award program.
 9        (a)  The  Commission  shall,  each  year,   receive   and
10    consider   applications   for  grant  assistance  under  this
11    Section.   Subject  to  a  separate  appropriation  for  such
12    purposes, an applicant is eligible for  a  grant  under  this
13    Section when the Commission finds that the applicant:
14             (1)  is  a  resident  of this State and a citizen or
15        permanent resident of the United States; and
16             (2)  in the absence of  grant  assistance,  will  be
17        deterred  by  financial considerations from completing an
18        educational program at the qualified institution  of  his
19        or her choice.
20        (b)  The  Commission  shall  award renewals only upon the
21    student's application and upon the Commission's finding  that
22    the applicant:
23             (1)  has remained a student in good standing;
24             (2)  remains a resident of this State; and
25             (3)  is  in  a financial situation that continues to
26        warrant assistance.
27        (c)  All grants shall be applicable only to  tuition  and
28    necessary  fee  costs  for  2  semesters  or 3 quarters in an
29    academic year.  Requests for summer term assistance  will  be
30    made  separately  and  shall  be  considered on an individual
31    basis according to Commission policy.  Subject to a  separate
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 1    appropriation  for  this  purpose  beginning with fiscal year
 2    2000, each student who is awarded a grant under this  Section
 3    and  is  enrolled  in summer school classes shall be eligible
 4    for a summer school grant.  The summer  school  grant  amount
 5    shall  not  exceed  the  lesser  of 50 percent of the maximum
 6    annual grant amount authorized by this Section or the  actual
 7    cost  of  tuition  and  fees  at the institution at which the
 8    student is enrolled at  least  half-time.   For  the  regular
 9    academic  year,  the The Commission shall determine the grant
10    amount for each full-time and part-time student, which  shall
11    be the smallest of the following amounts:
12             (1)  $4,120   for  2  semesters  or  3  quarters  of
13        full-time  undergraduate  enrollment  or  $2,060  for   2
14        semesters   or  3  quarters  of  part-time  undergraduate
15        enrollment, or such lesser amount as the Commission finds
16        to be available; or
17             (2)  the amount which equals the 2  semesters  or  3
18        quarters   tuition  and  other  necessary  fees  required
19        generally   by   the   institution   of   all   full-time
20        undergraduate students,  or  in  the  case  of  part-time
21        students an amount of tuition and fees for 2 semesters or
22        3  quarters which shall not exceed one-half the amount of
23        tuition and necessary fees generally charged to full-time
24        undergraduate students by the institution; or
25             (3)  such amount  as  the  Commission  finds  to  be
26        appropriate   in   view   of  the  applicant's  financial
27        resources.
28    "Tuition and other necessary fees" as used  in  this  Section
29    include  the  customary  charge  for  instruction  and use of
30    facilities in general, and the additional fixed fees  charged
31    for  specified  purposes,  which  are  required  generally of
32    nongrant recipients for each academic period  for  which  the
33    grant  applicant  actually  enrolls,  but do not include fees
34    payable only once  or  breakage  fees  and  other  contingent
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 1    deposits  which  are  refundable  in  whole  or in part.  The
 2    Commission may prescribe, by rule not inconsistent with  this
 3    Section,  detailed  provisions  concerning the computation of
 4    tuition and other necessary fees.
 5        (d)  No applicant, including  those  presently  receiving
 6    scholarship  assistance  under  this  Act,  is  eligible  for
 7    monetary  award  program  consideration  under this Act after
 8    receiving a baccalaureate degree  or  the  equivalent  of  10
 9    semesters  or  15 quarters of award payments.  The Commission
10    shall determine when award payments for part-time  enrollment
11    or  interim  or  summer  terms  shall be counted as a partial
12    semester or quarter of payment.
13        (e)  The Commission, in determining the number of  grants
14    to  be offered, shall take into consideration past experience
15    with the rate of grant funds unclaimed  by  recipients.   The
16    Commission  shall  notify applicants that grant assistance is
17    contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds.
18        (f)  The  Commission  may  request   appropriations   for
19    deposit into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund.  Monies
20    deposited into the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund may be
21    expended  exclusively for one purpose: to make Monetary Award
22    Program grants to eligible students.  Amounts on  deposit  in
23    the  Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund may not exceed 2% of
24    the current annual State appropriation for the Monetary Award
25    Program.
26        The purpose of the Monetary Award Program Reserve Fund is
27    to enable the Commission each year to assure as many students
28    as possible of their eligibility for a Monetary Award Program
29    grant and to do so before commencement of the academic  year.
30    Moneys deposited in this Reserve Fund are intended to enhance
31    the  Commission's  management  of the Monetary Award Program,
32    minimizing  the  necessity,  magnitude,  and   frequency   of
33    adjusting award amounts and ensuring that the annual Monetary
34    Award Program appropriation can be fully utilized.
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 1        (g)  The  Commission  shall  determine the eligibility of
 2    and  make  grants  to  applicants   enrolled   at   qualified
 3    for-profit  institutions  in accordance with the criteria set
 4    forth  in  this  Section.   The  eligibility  of   applicants
 5    enrolled  at such for-profit institutions shall be limited as
 6    follows:
 7             (1)  Beginning with the academic year 1997, only  to
 8        eligible  first-time  freshmen  and  first-time  transfer
 9        students who have attained an associate degree.
10             (2)  Beginning  with the academic year 1998, only to
11        eligible freshmen students, transfer  students  who  have
12        attained  an associate degree, and students who receive a
13        grant under paragraph (1) for the academic year 1997  and
14        whose  grants  are  being  renewed  for the academic year
15        1998.
16             (3)  Beginning with the academic year 1999,  to  all
17        eligible students.
18    (Source:  P.A.  89-163,  eff.  7-19-95; 89-330, eff. 8-17-95;
19    89-512, eff.  7-11-96;  89-626,  eff.  8-9-96;  90-122,  eff.
20    7-17-97.)
21        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect July
22    1, 1998.

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