A bill on Gov. Quinn’s desk could set the stage for Illinois colleges to let students attend without paying tuition or taking on student loans.
The bill would task the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to study a “Pay it forward” program, similar to proposals in Oregon, Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
State Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) described the bill as “self-sustaining” and said it would “allow students to pay off their college education without having set loans or set payments.”
“If we have a whole generation of students coming out and not establishing themselves and not starting families, that’s a brake on our economy,” Frerichs said.
Here’s how things could shake out.
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