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91_HB0678 LRB9102365NTsbA 1 AN ACT to amend the Board of Higher Education Act by 2 changing Section 9.28. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Board of Higher Education Act is amended 6 by changing Section 9.28 as follows: 7 (110 ILCS 205/9.28) 8 Sec. 9.28.
9.27.Graduation incentive grant program. 9 (a) The graduation incentive grant program is hereby 10 created. The program shall be implemented and administered 11 by the Board of Higher Education to provide grant incentives 12 to public universities that offer their undergraduate 13 students contracts under which the university commits itself 14 to provide the courses, programs, and support services 15 necessary to enable the contracting students to graduate 16 within 4 years, or for universities that (i) have a prominent 17 number of non-traditional or transfer students or (ii) do not 18 have freshman and sophomore enrollment, to have an expedited 19 graduation. Grants shall be awarded from appropriations made 20 to the Board of Higher Education for purposes of this 21 Section. 22 (b) To be eligible for grant consideration, a public 23 university shall annually file a report with the Board of 24 Higher Education detailing its 4-year or expedited graduation 25 contract program. The report shall include, at a minimum, 26 the following information: the number of undergraduate 27 students participating in the program, the requirements of 28 the 4-year or expedited graduation contracts offered by the 29 university, the types of additional support services provided 30 by the university to the contracting students, and the cost 31 of the program. -2- LRB9102365NTsbA 1 (c) In awarding grants to public universities under this 2 Section, the Board of Higher Education may consider each 3 applicant's report data, the number of institutions wishing 4 to participate, and such other criteria as the Board of 5 Higher Education determines to be appropriate. 6 (d) The Board of Higher Education shall annually submit 7 to the Governor and the General Assembly a budgetary 8 recommendation for grants under this Section and shall notify 9 applicants for grant assistance that the award of grants 10 under this Section is contingent upon the availability of 11 appropriated funds. 12 (e) The Board of Higher Education may adopt such rules 13 as it deems necessary for administration of the grant program 14 created by this Section. 15 (Source: P.A. 90-750, eff. 8-14-98; revised 9-21-98.) 16 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 17 becoming law.
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