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Proposal to make college more affordable in Illinois

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A potential education reform announced by Lt. Governor Sheila Simon could make college more affordable for students.

Under the proposal, students would be able to simultaneously enroll at community colleges and universities. Students would pay the lower community college rates and then easily transition to a university.

Locally, Northern Illinois University is working with community colleges in a similar program called Reverse Transfer.

"A reverse transfer student could be enrolled in NIU with, let's say 50 credits from RVC, and once they complete certain courses at NIU they will reverse transfer so they can complete their Associates Degree," Rock Valley College President Dr. Jack Becherer explains.

Other proposals announced by Lt. Gov. Simon include tax waivers for those who choose to stay in the state after college graduation.

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