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Public Act 101-0180


Public Act 0180 101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 101-0180
HB2719 EnrolledLRB101 06615 AXK 51642 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
22-85 as follows:
    (105 ILCS 5/22-85 new)
    Sec. 22-85. Graduation requirements; Free Application for
Federal Student Aid.
    (a) Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, in addition
to any other requirements under this Code, as a prerequisite to
receiving a high school diploma from a public high school, the
parent or guardian of each student or, if a student is at least
18 years of age or legally emancipated, the student must comply
with either of the following:
        (1) File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    with the United States Department of Education or, if
    applicable, an application for State financial aid.
        (2) On a form created by the State Board of Education,
    file a waiver with the student's school district indicating
    that the parent or guardian or, if applicable, the student
    understands what the Free Application for Federal Student
    Aid and application for State financial aid are and has
    chosen not to file an application under paragraph (1).
    (b) Each school district with a high school must require
each high school student to comply with this Section and must
provide to each high school student and, if applicable, his or
her parent or guardian any support or assistance necessary to
comply with this Section. A school district must award a high
school diploma to a student who is unable to meet the
requirements of subsection (a) due to extenuating
circumstances, as determined by the school district, if (i) the
student has met all other graduation requirements under this
Code and (ii) the principal attests that the school district
has made a good faith effort to assist the student or, if
applicable, his or her parent or guardian in filing an
application or a waiver under subsection (a).
    (c) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to
implement this Section.

Effective Date: 6/1/2020