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Illinois RISE  ACT

The Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act allows eligible undocumented students and transgender students who are disqualified from federal financial aid to apply for state financial aid. The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid provides a pathway for these qualified students to apply for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants.
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Who can benefit from the RISE ACT?

  • 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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