SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. LaToya Greenwood’s bill to help students with special needs use their college savings in the Bright Start Savings was sent to the governor to be signed into law.
“Students with special needs require extra help and resources to ensure their success while in college,” said Greenwood. “It is important to recognize these additional cost and accommodate for these students and their families by expanding the Bright Start College savings program so college can be more accessible and affordable.”
Greenwood introduced House Bill 3179, which would allow students with specific special needs to use their savings in the Bright Start Savings program for equipment that may be necessary for their education. Greenwood sees this as a way for students to use the money they have saved for college in a way that best suits their needs. The legislation is an initiative of Treasurer Michael Frerichs.
“We have to reduce costs for higher education for all students, especially those with disabilities” said Greenwood. “I appreciate working with the treasurer on this important initiative, and I look forward to the governor signing this measure into law.”