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Pritzker lands agreement with University of Illinois, expands free tuition for low income families

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Chicago, IL - Governor JB Pritzker has a new plan to help prospective college students across the state.

Pritzker says the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has agreed to expand free tuition for families who can least afford to go to college. The move comes a day after the U of I Board voted for the system's first tuition hike in six years.

The governor explained the Board has also agreed to lift the income threshold for the Illinois Commitment Program by an additional 10%.

"Now, more than half of the households in the state will qualify for free tuition," Pritzker said.

The governor's office says the U of I system should be able to implement the plan by the end of the month, meaning students should see the benefits this fall.

Pritzker says the Illinois Commitment Program will now include financial aid options for families making up to $67,000.

Mike Miletich

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