Press Release

Sente Initiative to Address Rising College Tuition Costs Becomes Law


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Legislation introduced by State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, to expand use of Advanced Placement (AP) exam credits for Illinois students is now law.

“As I visit local high schools and speak with parents, a top concern continues to be the rising costs associated with pursuing a higher education,” Sente said. “Students and their families are spending large sums of money on AP courses in hopes of receiving financial relief and reducing future course loads, but the lack of uniformity among accepted scores causes these investments to not always pay off.”

An idea brought to Sente from students at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, House Bill 3428 expands AP exam credit at public universities and colleges to include scores of 3, 4 and 5, while leaving individual institutions the discretion to decide the type of credit that could be granted. The initiative helps to address the rising costs of tuition by expanding the range of scores accepted for college course credit at public institutions.

“It is my hope that by expanding the range of test scores accepted for college course credit that more students will choose to challenge themselves through tougher coursework, as well as reduce the cost of their college degrees,” Sente said. “By joining the numerous other states that have adopted similar policies we not only allow Illinois to stay competitive, but also help encourage our most talented students to stay in Illinois.”

House Bill 3428, now Public Act 99-0358, was signed into law last week with an immediate effective date.