A state fund designed to provide scholarships for immigrant students - including those living in the country illegally - will begin accepting applications soon.
The privately-funded Illinois DREAM Fund is a non-profit organization created by the state to provide financial assistance to immigrant students. It's raised $500,000.
Officials say all immigrant students can apply, but those who were brought to the country illegally will receive special focus.
Applicants must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average. and for those just graduating high school, a minimum ACT sore of 17.
Officials say that students attending 2-year colleges are eligible to apply for $2,000 scholarships and those attending 4-year institutions can apply for $6,000.
Illinois DREAM Fund chair Tanya Cabrera expects 5,000 applicants this year.
Applications will be accepted starting Thursday.