- A Report on the Efficiency and
Sustainability of the Monetary Award
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 (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.