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A Plan to Privatize Public Universities in Illinois

March 25, 2015

Advocates for public higher education sometimes describe various state plans as efforts to de facto privatize colleges and universities. In Illinois, a Republican legislator has proposed a plan that would literally privatize the state's universities, The News-Gazette reported. The state would give up control over them and instead shift state appropriations to a forgivable loan program for students to pay tuition. Students who graduate in four years would have half their loan forgiven. Then for each year a graduate lives in the state, another eighth of the loan would be forgiven. Those who drop out would have to pay back their loans over a 10-year period. State Senator Bill Brady, sponsor of the bill, admitted that it needed work, but said that it "elevates the discussion" about the future of higher education.



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