Legislation aims to keep students in state

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — New legislation aims to keep students in the state after high school. 

Governor Bruce Rauner signed two bills Tuesday at Papa Del’s in Champaign. He says they’re necessary because higher education has been underfunded in Illinois for years, sending thousands of students out of state. 

One bill creates a merit-based scholarship program, called the AIM HIGH Grant Pilot Program, to give students scholarship money in hopes of making in-state tuition more affordable. The state will give $25 million in scholarship money, which Illinois’ colleges will match to create at least $50 million in scholarships for FY19. 

The other bill creates a task force between high schools and higher education institutions. It’s designed to get them on the same page when it comes to students’ interests so colleges can cater to them.  

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