Illinois Tests a Financial Incentive for Transfer Students

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Chris Mackler for The Chronicle

Sarita Robinson (right) directs Southern Illinois U.'s office at Shawnee Community College, one of its partners in a program that allows students like Brandon Tanner (left) to be accepted at the university but spend their first two years of study at the community college.

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Chris Mackler for The Chronicle

Sarita Robinson (right) directs Southern Illinois U.'s office at Shawnee Community College, one of its partners in a program that allows students like Brandon Tanner (left) to be accepted at the university but spend their first two years of study at the community college.

Like their peers across the country, students in Illinois can save money by starting at a community college. But, because community colleges charge lower tuition, students who take this approach and who qualify for the state's need-based grant program stand to receive less money than they would have if they started at a four-year college.

That is about to change for some students. This fall the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the state agency that runs the Monetary Award