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HB1136 Engrossed                               LRB9101351NTsb

 1        AN  ACT  to amend the Higher Education Student Assistance
 2    Act by changing Section 36.

 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 36 as follows:

 7        (110 ILCS 947/36)
 8        Sec. 36.  Illinois Incentive for Access grant program.
 9        (a)  The Commission each year shall determine eligibility
10    for the Illinois Incentive for Access grant from applications
11    received for Monetary Award Program  grant  assistance  under
12    Section  35 of this Act.  An applicant shall be determined as
13    eligible for an Illinois Incentive  for  Access  grant  under
14    this Section when the Commission finds that the applicant:
15             (1)  is  a  resident  of this State and a citizen or
16        permanent resident of the United States;
17             (2)  has no personal or family  financial  resources
18        available  for  expenditure  on  educational expenses, as
19        defined  by  current  federal   student   financial   aid
20        methodology;
21             (3)  has   not   already  received  a  baccalaureate
22        degree; and
23             (4)  is  enrolled  at  least  one-half  time  as   a
24        freshman   or   sophomore  undergraduate  student  at  an
25        approved  Illinois   institution   of   higher   learning
26        participating  in the Monetary Award Program administered
27        by the Commission.
28        (b)  Subject  to  a  separate  appropriation   made   for
29    purposes  of  awarding  grants  under  this Section, Illinois
30    Incentive  for  Access  grants  shall  be  paid  in  multiple
31    disbursements as determined by the Commission  in  an  amount
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 1    not  to exceed $500 per applicant per year.  No recipient may
 2    receive a  grant  under  this  Section  for  more  than  4  2
 3    semesters or 6 3 quarters of award payments.
 4        (c)  Eligibility  for  grants  awarded under this Section
 5    shall be determined solely on  the  basis  of  the  financial
 6    resources  of the applicant and the applicant's family.  Cost
 7    of attendance at the institution in which  the  applicant  is
 8    enrolled  shall  not  affect eligibility for an award, except
 9    that State student financial assistance  awarded  under  this
10    Act,  including  the Illinois Incentive for Access award, may
11    not exceed the institution's cost of attendance.
12        (d)  The Commission shall notify  applicants  that  grant
13    assistance  is  contingent  upon availability of appropriated
14    funds.
15        (e)  The Commission shall submit a written evaluation  of
16    the  Illinois  Incentive  for Access program to the Governor,
17    the General Assembly, and the Board of Higher Education on or
18    before October 1, 1999, including a report  of  the  progress
19    made  toward  the goal of increasing the access and retention
20    rates for Illinois Incentive for Access grant recipients.
21    (Source: P.A. 89-512, eff. 7-11-96.)

22        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  July
23    1, 2000.

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