Frequently Asked Questions
How many students would this apply to?
The University of Illinois at Chicago estimates that the Student ACCESS Bill would provide new scholarship opportunities for roughly 1,500 students across all 4-year public universities in Illinois.
Doesn’t the Illinois Dream Fund provide financial aid?
Undocumented students currently have access to in-state tuition and they may apply for scholarships provided by the privately funded Illinois Dream Fund. In 2014, 1,720 students applied for a scholarship through the Illinois Dream Fund. However, the Illinois Dream Fund was only able to award 26 students a scholarship ranging from $2,000-$6,000. Over the last three years, the program has been unable to assist 98 percent of applicants due to insufficient private resources.
Which other states have similar laws?
California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas and Washington have enacted similar pieces of legislation. Data suggests that providing in-state tuition and access to financial aid increases the high school graduation and college enrollment rates of undocumented students.
Why should I support the Student ACCESS Bill?
Many college students depend on some form of financial aid in order to complete their education. Students who work long hours or multiple jobs find it harder to succeed and complete their degrees. The state has already invested considerable resources in the primary and secondary education of undocumented students. Providing access to financial aid will help students complete their degrees, enter the workforce and ensure Illinois secures a return on its investment.