House Bill 0871 supports grants for full-time college students living in poverty
A bill that would amend the Higher Education Student Assistance Act to the benefit of destitute students enrolled at public universities has been assigned to the Illinois House of Higher Education Committee.
House Bill 0871 stipulates that the Illinois Student Assistance Commission award grants to needy, full-time students that come from households where income levels are less than the poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Sponsored by Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-East St. Louis), the bill also denotes that the Commission “shall receive funding for the grants through appropriations, with each grant awarded being in an amount sufficient to pay the cost of attendance at the university in which the student is enrolled for two semesters of enrollment within an academic year.”
Among the lawmakers who have joined Greenwood as co-sponsors of the bill are Reps. Mary E. Flowers (D-Chicago), Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan), Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) and André Thapedi (D-Chicago).