052214 js 0399SPRINGFIELD- Illinois may soon join 14 other states in making college more affordable for students.

Under legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) public universities and community colleges are required to give students that score a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) exams college credit.

“We need to continue to explore ways to make college more affordable and help students graduate without mountains of debt,” said Cullerton.

AP classes improve access, affordability and on-time graduations. If high school students take enough advanced courses they can possibly graduate a semester or year earlier which results in thousands of dollars in savings and less student debt.

This legislation will clear up any inconsistent policies at public universities and community colleges.  As well as, make Illinois competitive with neighboring states that already accept a score of 3 or higher.    

“It’s our duty as a state to make college more affordable and attainable for students. This legislation will guarantee we are consistent in Illinois and make us competitive with neighboring states who are trying to lure away our best and brightest to their institutions,” said Cullerton.

House Bill 3428 is expected to be heard in the Senate’s Committee on Higher Education this week.

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