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Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act

The Illinois RISE (Retaining Illinois Students and Equity) Act was signed into law by Governor Pritzker’s signature on June 21, 2019, at the UIC campus.  This new law will enable some students who were previously ineligible to now be eligible for state financial aid (MAP grants) as well as UIC institutional grants, scholarships, and tuition waivers.  

This includes:

  1. Undocumented students who are residents of the state of Illinois,
  2. Transgender students who will not fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to the requirement that gender is listed as “at birth” (which could require selective service registration for individuals who are assigned male at birth) 
  3. Undergraduate students who may be in good academic standing but have lost their Monetary Award Program (MAP) funding because they have not reached junior standing after using 75 MAP funded credit hours

In the first two categories, the new law grants eligibility for financial aid to students who are not eligible for federal aid. In the latter case, students may be receiving federal aid, but those whose state aid was interrupted would be eligible to continue receiving state aid.