A new report from the lieutenant governor looks at making college accessible to anyone who wants to attend. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon released a new white paper that shows that affordability is the most significant barrier to students seeking degrees.
Suggested reforms to make college more affordable include dual degree programs that allow students to simultaneously enroll in community colleges and universities, which would result in lower tuition rates. Simon also believes there should be targeted income tax waivers for students who earn a degree and choose to live and work in Illinois.
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Simon says something as simple as textbook rentals could save college students big bucks. It’s already being done at two colleges.
The paper follows Simon’s College Affordability Summits held last fall at the state’s 12 public universities. The state has set a goal of seeing 60 percent of working-age adults in Illinois have college degrees or certificates by 2025.