WTVO/WQRF - A new law is giving people a second chance at reaching their goals.
It focuses largely on sending them back to college. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission will run the program for two years. If it's successful, the state will continue it beyond that. The program will be completely covered by financial aid for students who are unemployed or recently laid off.
The commission will set aside MAP funds solely for displaced workers. It is expected that the set-aside funds will actually increase the number of students who receive a MAP grant, from 700 to 1,000.
"So, anyone who is struggling with finding a job - who has had a job in the past, but now has to look for another job and can't afford to back to school - we hope that this will incentivize them by providing them with some additional dollars" says Karen Hunter-Anderson, the Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board.
The law requires ISAC to determine the number of grants to be offered. The two-year program will begin with next school year. No word yet on the recruitment process.