Illinois will look at the possibility of allowing students to go to state colleges tuition-free—at least until they graduate. The newly signed legislation will have the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) study “pay it forward” options for attending college. “What that means is to allow students to go to university tuition-free and then pay back after they’ve got a job and take a portion of their salary to pay it back,” State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) said.
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Franks says he is concerned about the cost to the state, which is part of the reason why his legislation called for a study before potentially implementing that kind of program. He expects ISAC to issue its recommendations by the beginning of 2015.