(110 ILCS 975/6) (from Ch. 144, par. 2756)
Sec. 6. Nursing requirements for scholarship recipients. Within 12 months after graduation from an associate degree in nursing program, hospital-based diploma in nursing program, baccalaureate degree in nursing program, graduate degree in nursing program, or certificate in practical nursing program, any recipient who accepted a scholarship under Section 5 shall begin meeting the required nursing employment obligation. In order to defer his or her continuous employment obligation, a recipient must request the deferment in writing from the Department. A recipient shall notify program staff within 30 days if he or she spends up to 4 years in military service before or after graduation. A recipient shall notify program staff within 30 days if he or she is enrolled in an academic program leading to a graduate degree in nursing. If a recipient receives funding through the Nursing Education Scholarship Program for a higher degree, the nursing employment obligation shall be deferred until he or she is no longer enrolled or has graduated. The recipient must begin meeting the required nursing employment obligations no later than 6 months after the end of the deferments.
Any person who fails to fulfill the nursing employment obligation shall pay to the Department an amount equal to the amount of scholarship funds received per year for each unfulfilled year of the nursing employment obligation, together with interest at 7% per year on the unpaid balance. Payment must begin within 6 months following the date of the occurrence initiating the repayment. All repayments must be completed within 6 years from the date of the occurrence initiating the repayment. However, this obligation may be deferred and re-evaluated every 6 months when the failure to fulfill the nursing employment obligation results from involuntarily leaving the profession due to a decrease in the number of nurses employed in the State or when the failure to fulfill the nursing employment obligation results from total and permanent disability. The repayment obligation shall be excused if the failure to fulfill the nursing employment obligation results from the death or adjudication as incompetent of the person holding the scholarship. No claim for repayment may be filed against the estate of such a decedent or incompetent.
Each person applying for such a scholarship shall be provided with a copy of this Section at the time of application for the benefits of such scholarship.
(Source: P.A. 92-43, eff. 1-1-02; 93-879, eff. 1-1-05.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015