ERIC Number: ED202327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study: Illinois.
Boyd, Joseph D.
Approaches to student financial aid that are used in Illinois are described. Illinois tries to respond to the separate priorities of guaranteeing both access and reasonable choice. Over 60 percent of students at public four-year colleges, and about 18 percent of students attending community colleges receive need-based aid. The need-based student aid program is available to full-time and half-time students and to all students regardless of their academic standing. The need to coordinate with federal financial aid programs is emphasized. Additionally, some kind of formula based on the accessibility of loans is recommended. Illinois' maximum award has grown over time from about $600 in the beginning, to a current $1,650. Illinois has also stabilized the enrollments between the public and private schools in the state so that institutions equally share the situations of enrollment growth or enrollment decline. It is projected that half-time students will increasingly seek to participate in postsecondary education and jobs, or other pursuits. The importance of scheduling financial aid decisions to provide students with flexibility in their enrollment decisions is noted. Concerns related to accountability include the institutions' determination of eligibility of funds. Some audits may determine whether the packaging of aid is within the guidelines established by the state. Institutions also need to have clear refund policies that are implemented by state authorities and that protect students. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois