Illinois RISE Act

Retention of Illinois Students & Equity Act and Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid

The RISE (Retaining Illinois Students and Equity) Act was signed into law and became effective January 1, 2020. This law allows state and institutional financial aid eligibility to a subset of students who were previously ineligible. The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid provides a pathway for students to apply for the Illinois MAP Grant.

Students impacted by the RISE Act include:

  • Undocumented students who are Illinois residents
  • Transgender students who do not complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to the requirement to report their gender "at birth"

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