Bill Text: IL SB0930 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Chaptered


Bill Title: Amends the Eastern Illinois University Law. Extends the repeal of the tuition affordability discount program from July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2026. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2017-08-11 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0086 [SB0930 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB0930-Chaptered.html



Public Act 100-0086
SB0930 EnrolledLRB100 08847 MLM 18989 b
AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The Eastern Illinois University Law is amended
by changing Section 10-92 as follows:
(110 ILCS 665/10-92)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2022)
Sec. 10-92. Tuition affordability discount program.
(a) The General Assembly makes all of the following
findings:
(1) Both access and affordability are important points
in the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career
Success.
(2) This State is in the top quartile with respect to
the percentage of family income needed to pay for college.
(3) Research suggests that as loan amounts increase,
versus grants-in-aid, the probability of college
attendance decreases.
(4) There is further research indicating socioeconomic
status may affect the willingness of students to use loans
to attend college.
(5) Strategic use of tuition discounting will decrease
the amount of loans that students must use to pay for
tuition.
(6) A modest, individually tailored tuition discount
can make the difference in choosing to attend college and
would enhance college access for low (up to 150% of the
federal poverty level) and middle income (151% to 300% of
the federal poverty level) families.
(7) Even if the federally calculated financial need for
college attendance is met, the federally determined
Expected Family Contribution can still be a daunting
amount.
(8) This State is the second largest exporter of
students in the country.
(9) Illinois students need to be kept in this State.
State universities in other states have adopted pricing and
incentives that make college expenses for residents of this
State less than in this State.
(10) A mechanism is needed to stop the outflow of
Illinois students to institutions in other states,
assisting in State efforts to maintain and educate a highly
trained workforce.
(11) By being competitive on costs of attendance, this
State can bring out-of-state students to this State.
(12) The program established under this Section will
allow Eastern Illinois University to compete for highly
qualified students who may reside in other states by
mitigating the effect of cost differences.
(13) Modest tuition discounts, individually targeted
and tailored, result in enhanced revenue for university
programs.
(14) By increasing Eastern Illinois University's
capacity to strategically use tuition discounting, the
University will be capable of creating enhanced tuition
revenue by increasing enrollment yields.
(15) The Board of Higher Education's current
institutional tuition waiver limitation is 3% of total
available undergraduate tuition revenue.
(b) The Board shall establish a program to increase the
Board of Higher Education's institutional tuition waiver
limitation for the university over a 4-year period to increase
access to college and make college more affordable for
undergraduate students. Under the program, the institutional
tuition waiver limitation shall be increased by 2 percentage
points in the 2012-2013 academic year, 2 percentage points in
the 2013-2014 academic year, 2 percentage points in the
2014-2015 academic year, and one percentage point in the
2015-2016 academic year, resulting in an institutional tuition
waiver limitation of 10% in the fourth year of the program and
thereafter.
(c) The program shall require that students who receive a
tuition discount under the program be accepted to the
university through normal admissions standards and processes.
Individual tuition discounts granted under the program must not
exceed $2,500 per academic year. The program shall provide a
maximum of one discount per academic year for a maximum of 4
years to each student in the program who maintains satisfactory
academic progress. The program shall be terminated after the
2022-2023 2018-2019 academic year, with no new students
receiving discounts. However, notwithstanding the Board of
Higher Education's institutional tuition waiver limitation,
existing students receiving discounts under the program are
eligible to maintain those discounts, with satisfactory
academic progress, under the 4-year limitation, after the
2022-2023 2018-2019 academic year due to maintenance of effort
within their 4-year window. Sunset dates for discounted support
shall be based upon the first academic year in which a student
receives a discount.
(d) Every 2 years, the Board shall report to the Board of
Higher Education on the program's impact on tuition revenue,
enrollment goals, and increasing access and affordability on
such dates as the Board of Higher Education shall determine.
(e) The Board of Higher Education may adopt any rules that
are necessary to implement this Section.
(f) This Section is repealed on July 1, 2026 2022.
(Source: P.A. 97-290, eff. 8-10-11; 98-1100, eff. 1-1-15.)
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.
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