Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act and Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid

The RISE (Retaining Illinois Students and Equity) Act was signed into law at UIC on June 21, 2019 and allows state and institutional financial aid eligibility to a subset of students who were previously ineligible. The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid provides a pathway for students to apply for the MAP Grant and institutional funding at UIC.

Students impacted by the RISE Act include:

  • Undocumented students who are Illinois residents
  • Transgender students who do not complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to the requirement to report their gender “at birth”

If you are unable to submit your application, please contact the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) for more information.