The push to keep Illinois students from leaving the state to go to college ramps up

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Wednesday Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill to help keep students from leaving the state to attend college.

Senate Bill 2927 is the AIM High Grant Pilot Program and it provides a merit-based scholarship for Illinois students who attend college in-state.

This is part of a plan to make state’s colleges and universities more affordable and accessible for Illinois residents.

“If students go out of state to go to school they are more likely to look for jobs out of state,” said Eric Jome with Illinois State University. “If we can keep more and more students in Illinois they are more likely to stay here in Illinois, get jobs after graduation, be citizens of Illinois and tax payers.”

Rauner says there will be at least $50 million enacted to the program for the 2019 fiscal year.

The funds will be given to public universities in proportion to their enrollment of undergraduate in-state students.

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