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Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants his administration to investigate reports of potential tuition assistance fraud in Illinois.
A report from ProPublica Illinois found wealthy parents used a legal process through the courts to transfer custody of their children to other guardians so the child can be eligible for tuition assistance like Illinois’ Monetary Assistance Program, which provides need-based grants to students that do not need to be repaid.
Asked about the report Wednesday in Chicago, Pritzker called it fraud.
“It’s terrible … There are more people applying for Monetary Assistance Program money than there are dollars that we could provide,” the governor said. “So if people are defrauding the system, these wealthy parents are literally committing fraud here, we need to go find them, root it out, and make sure those dollars go to the right people.”
Pritzker said the state has limited funding available for a limited number of qualified students “which we increased by 10,000 more students just this Spring.”
“We want it to go to the students who are most in need, not the people who are defrauding the system,” Pritzker said. […]
After the ProPublica report, Pritzker said he asked his staff to get to the bottom of it.
“So we need to look into it to make sure we are identifying people that are doing this, calling it out and making sure that we are preventing it from happening in the future,” he said.