Calling for an End to General Assembly Scholarships

By WEEK Reporter

Calling for an End to General Assembly Scholarships

June 29, 2011 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 12:11 PM CDT

State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) says he is bringing an end to taxpayer supported scholarships. 

Currently, legislation is being drawn to eliminate the General Assembly Scholarships, which cost the state upwards of $13 million. 

"With the fiscal condition of the State, and the precarious finances of the State university system, it is inappropriate to place this additional burden on Illinois taxpayers," said LaHood.  "We need to stop passing out money that the state doesn't have."

LaHood also said the program has left university funding stretched too thin.  In some cases, schools that could not cover the cost of the GA scholarship recipient had no other choice but shift costs in another direction, including on other students.

A negative light has been shed on the General Assembly Scholarship in recent years, after debate arose to the legitimacy of the program.

However, LaHood says other scholarships and financial aid do exist.  Constituents are encouraged to learn more about other opportunities available to them at www.whatsnextillinois.org

"Whether the program ends or not, I won't be using this perk," said LaHood.  

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