Illinois Bill Would Bar Students At For-Profit Colleges From State Aid

A bill introduced by State State Sen. Chapin Rose, a Republican, would prohibit students enrolled at for-profit colleges from receiving grants under the state’s need-based Monetary Award Program, which has faced challenges in recent years. In the 2011-12 academic year, the state awarded roughly $411-million in those grants; about 6 percent of that total, or $24-million, went to help pay students’ tuition at for-profit institutions. A spokesman for the state’s Student Assistance Commission, which oversees the aid program, said the agency had not yet seen the bill and therefore had no position on it. Mr. Rose said directing money to for-profit institutions was “clearly unjustifiable at this time.”

"Of the for-profit schools that had students receiving MAP grants in 2011-2012, the largest recipient was DeVry University with $10.3 million, followed by the Illinois Institute of Art with $5.2 million and Northwestern Business College with $2.8 million.

“If Illinois is to compete in a global economy, it must provide the educational access and choice students need to pursue their career goals,” said Ernie Gibble, senior director of global communications for DeVry, the parent company of DeVry University. “Eliminating students who attend private-sector schools from the MAP program will not help our Illinois workforce succeed, or help our nation meet President Obama’s college attainment goals,” he said.

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