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Title:Student Assistance Commission, Illinois
Website:Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Contact Name:Eric Zarnikow
Contact Phone:847-831-8015
Contact E-Mail:
Contact Comments:Executive Director
Function:ISAC Mission: Making college accessible and affordable for all Illinois students. ISAC provides guarantee services and loan origination for student loans, administers grants and scholarships and provides outreach programs and services to help students plan for college and borrow responsibly. It also offers College Illinois!™, the state’s 529 prepaid tuition program.
Term:6 years, beginning July 1, until successor is appointed and qualified  Student, 2 years, beginning July 1 of odd-numbered years
Senate Confirmation:Yes
Party Affiliation:N/A
Qualifications:The membership of the Commission shall consist of one representative of the institutions of higher learning operated by the State; one representative of the private institutions of higher learning located in the State; one representative of the public community colleges located in the State; one representative of the public high schools located in the state; 5 citizens of the State chosen for their knowledge of and interest in higher education, but not employed by, professionally affiliated with, or members of the governing boards of any institution of higher learning located in the State, and one student member selected from nominations submitted to the Governor by multi-campus student organizations, including but not limited to, the Illinois Student Association, the Organization of Community College Students, the recognized advisory committee of students of the Board of Higher Education, and the recognized advisory committee of students of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities.
Composition:10 appointed by Governor with advice and consent of Senate - 1 representing state higher education institutions - 1 representing private higher education institutions - 1 representing public high schools in state - 5 state citizens interested in, but not employed by, higher education and not members of governing board of any higher education institution - 1 student nominated by multi-campus student organizations - 1 representative of public community college Governor shall designate one member, other than the student member, as chairman (a tie is considered to fail)
Chair:Designated by the Governor
Authority:110 ILCS 947/15

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Ade, Payton6/30/202312/16/2021GovernorMember, StudentBlank
Amos, Maureen6/30/20258/30/2019GovernorMember, Public Higher EducationCook
Arrington, Darryl6/30/20238/30/2019GovernorPrivate Higher EducationCook
Brar, Niketa6/30/20273/6/2017GovernorMember, CitizenCook
Bullock, Jonathan 6/30/20258/30/2019GovernorMember, Community CollegeColes
Dowling, Thomas6/30/20253/27/2020GovernorMember, CitizenCook
Hibbert, James6/30/20233/13/2017GovernorMember, CitizenCook
Huber, Kevin6/30/202712/16/2011GovernorChair, Member, CitizenLake
Lopez, Elizabeth6/30/20234/2/2019GovernorMember, CitizenCook
Sabens, Franciene6/30/20238/30/2019GovernorMember, Public High SchoolJackson