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  • A Report on the Efficiency and Sustainability of the Monetary Award Program.pdf (4/2010)
    In October 2009, the Illinois General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 75 requiring a report on the efficiency and sustainability of the Monetary Award Program, the state’s primary need-based student financial aid program.  The report, prepared by Board of Higher Education staff with the assistance of staff from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and the Illinois Community College Board, summarizes current MAP eligibility requirements, funding, distribution of grants, and completion rates of MAP recipients and considers the pros and cons of a variety of possible changes to the program.


  • Report On The Feasibility Of Textbook Rental Programs And Other Textbook Cost-Saving Alternatives In Illinois Public Higher Education .pdf (2/2007)
    In spring 2006, the Illinois Senate adopted Senate Resolution 692 directing the Illinois Board of Higher Education, in conjunction with the Illinois Community College Board, to study the feasibility of implementing textbook rental programs at Illinois community colleges and public universities and/or other textbook cost saving alternatives.

    The study concludes that a statewide textbook rental program for public colleges and universities would likely reduce costs for students and yield other benefits, such as ensuring that all students have access to required books and materials. The study further documents that rental programs could be financially feasible if funding for the very substantial initial start-up costs were secured. However, beyond the formidable financial obstacles, certain barriers and limitations would likely restrict the practicability of universal rental programs.
  • Final Report and Recommendations of the Committee on Affordability .pdf (8/2003)
    In August 2002, the Board of Higher Education created a Committee on Affordability comprised of members from the Board and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The Committee was charged with conducting a comprehensive and objective analysis of affordability issues, with the goals of assessing what changes have taken place in affordability of Illinois higher education over time, whom those changes have affected, and what actions can reasonably be taken at the state and institutional levels, as well as by students and their families, to enhance affordability.

    The work of the Committee builds on the recommendations of the Board's 1994 Committee to Study Affordability and has involved a review of relevant research, various data analyses, and testimony from national experts on trends and issues related to affordability. The Committee also solicited input and opinions from throughout the state on issues of concern regarding affordability as well as on an initial draft set of recommendations.

    This report provides a historical perspective on affordability in Illinois and nationally, reviews the multifaceted relationships underlying college affordability, and presents a series of recommendations relating to enhancing academic preparation, assisting needy students, and keeping costs affordable.
  • Report and Recommendations of the Committee on Affordability .pdf (6/2003)
    In August 2002, the Board of Higher Education created a Committee on Affordability comprised of members from the Board and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The Committee was charged with conducting a comprehensive and objective analysis of affordability issues, with the goals of assessing what changes have taken place in affordability of Illinois higher education over time, whom those changes have affected, and what actions can reasonably be taken at the state and institutional levels, as well as by students and their families, to enhance affordability.
  • Committee on Affordability Update .pdf (12/2002)
    This item provides a review of the first meeting held by the Committee on Affordability and a summary of a web-based survey being conducted to gather opinions from the Illinois higher education community and other interested parties. The item also notes that the Committee will hear from three national experts at its next meeting.

  • Establishment of the Committee on Affordability .pdf (10/2002)
    The Committee on Affordability was established at the August 20, 2002 meeting of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. This item reports the members of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) who have been appointed to the Committee. The first meeting of the Committee is on October 2, 2002 at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

  • Assessing the Affordability of Illinois Higher Education: Update and Proposed Next Steps .pdf (8/2002)
    This item updates the analysis of affordability-related trends first presented to the Board in June 2002 to reflect the impact of fiscal year 2003 tuition and state budget decisions. These updated trends confirm the assessment in the June 2002 Board item that a comprehensive and balanced review of affordability-related policy issues for Illinois higher education is necessary to ensure that the goals of access and choice are maintained for the future. This report recommends the establishment of a joint Committee on Affordability, comprised of members from the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois Student Assistance Commission, that will conduct a comprehensive study of related policy issues over the next year and make recommendations on actions that can be taken at the state- and institutional levels as well as by students and their families to enhance the affordability of Illinois higher education.

  • Assessing the Affordability of Illinois Higher Education .pdf (6/2002)
    This item provides information on current Board policies related to affordability as well as the findings of relevant recent national and state studies. The trends and studies highlighted in this item indicate some areas of concern for the continued affordability of Illinois higher education. This item outlines proposed next steps for addressing affordability-related issues.

  • Summary and Review of Unequal Opportunity: Disparities in College Access Among the 50 States .pdf (2/2002)
    This item provides a summary of the key findings of "Unequal Opportunity: Disparities in College Access Among the 50 States," a report issued in January 2002 by the Lumina Foundation for Education. The general findings and related policy implications of the Foundation's report are that individual opportunities for higher education are related to where a student lives, their economic circumstances, and the type of institutions available. The report underscores the importance of the interrelationship between state financial aid and tuition policies in providing higher education opportunities.
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