The Illinois House has approved a plan to study alternative ways for people to pay for college. The ``Pay it Forward'' plan calls on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to consider programs other states have adopted to address the rising cost of a college education. Such programs allow attendance at community colleges or state universities tuition-free as long as the student signs a contract to repay the state from a portion of future earnings. The measure sponsored by Marengo Democratic Rep. Jack Franks won approval 111-0 and moves to the Senate. Franks says the current situation _ a choice between assuming a large debt for college costs or limiting future earning potential because of a lack of a degree _ harms the economy.
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