JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Grant Program for Exonerees Update


Unless otherwise noted, links in this message are to corresponding pages at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website (isac.org).

This message provides information that you may choose to share with qualifying students regarding the Grant Program for Exonerees (ISAC Administrative Rules Part 2743). Although initially created three years ago, the fiscal year 2020 state budget was the first time funds were appropriated for the program.

Individuals for whom the Governor of the State of Illinois has issued a pardon on the grounds of innocence of the crime for which they had been imprisoned, or who have received a certificate of innocence from a circuit court, may be eligible to receive funds from this program. The grant provides assistance toward tuition and mandatory fees at Illinois public colleges and community colleges, and may also be used to reimburse students for costs associated with obtaining a high school equivalency certificate and/or an official transcript of high school equivalency test scores.

2019-20 Applications Being Accepted

The online application for the 2019-20 Grant Program for Exonerees is now available. While online submission of the application is the preferred method, individuals may instead download and print a PDF version to complete and then submit to ISAC.

For the 2019-20 academic year, applications will be processed in date-received order ("first come, first served"). Funds are limited, so encourage students to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Resources Available for Students

If you have students who may qualify for the Grant Program for Exonerees, let them know that the following resources are available for applicants at ISAC's website:

Watch for Future Updates

Operational details regarding the Grant Program for Exonerees, including information regarding 2019-20 payment processing, will be shared via the usual means of communication (e.g., the FAA Message Board, the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area, and this e-Messaging service) as they become available throughout the year.

You are receiving this message because you registered for ISAC's e-Messaging service through one or more subscription groups for FAAs.

If you have any questions regarding this e-Message, please contact ISAC's School Services Department by calling toll free at 866.247.2172 or sending an e-mail message to isac.schoolservices@illinois.gov.