Effective January 1, 2020, undocumented students in Illinois can now access IL MAP grants and other aid/scholarships for college.
The RISE Act was sponsored by Representative Lisa Hernandez, Senator Omar Aquino, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker in June of 2019.
Chicago Sun-Times Story Here
The law further states that students will eligible to “apply or receive consideration for any student aid or benefit funded or administered by the State, any State agency, or any public institution of higher learning, including, but not limited to, scholarships, grants, awards, stipends, room and board assistance, tuition waivers, or other financial or in-kind assistance…”
We’d like to thank Governor J.B. Pritzker, Representative Lisa Hernandez, Senator Omar Aquino, and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights for their leadership on this life changing legislation.
The individual resided with his or her parent or guardian while attending an Illinois public or private high school;
The individual graduated from a public or private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Illinois;
The individual attended school in Illinois for at least 3 years as of the date the individual graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma;
The individual provides an affidavit stating that the individual will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to do so; and
The individual has not established a residence outside of Illinois.
HOW TO APPLY
Students seeking to apply for assistance can fill out an alternative application HERE.
For more information, visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Click here for more information.Posted in Immigration news from around the web , Resources , Updates