College graduates could be required to repay state aid under proposal

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure that would require students to pay back money received through the Monetary Award Program if they leave the state within five years of graduation.

The measure is one of many pieces of legislation that is sponsored by State Senator Chapin Rose.  Under the proposed legislation, students who receive MAP grants must graduate within four years, and those who receive a grant and flunk out would be ineligible to receive any other MAP grants for one year.

Officials say about 140,000 lower-income students are served by the Monetary Award Program.  Under Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget, the program's funding would remain at its current levels of $373 million.

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