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Illinois Lawmakers Look To Guarantee U-of-I Admission

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2015 file photo, University of Illinois students walk across the Main Quad on campus in Urbana, Ill. On Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, university trustees approved a tuition freeze for instate freshmen. (AP Photo/David Mercer, File)

The plan to guarantee top students in Illinois a spot at the University of Illinois is moving forward. The Illinois House this week nearly unanimously approved a plan that would require the U of I to automatically accept transfer students from Illinois community colleges as long as they have a three-point-zero GPA and have completed 36 credit hours. State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi wants to eventually expand the program to guarantee top high school students a spot at the U of I as well, but she says this is a good first step.

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