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Illinois turns away 27,000 for financial aid

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The agency that gives out state financial aid in Illinois says increased demand for tuition help has forced it to turn down 27,000 eligible applicants, a figure it expects to sharply increase.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission says it expects to have about $400 million to spend on its Monetary Award Program grants during the next school year. State government doesn't yet have a budget so the figure isn't certain.

The commission expects to eventually turn down about 200,000 people who would otherwise qualify for help.

Commission spokesman Paul Palian says the poor economy is driving up demand for tuition help. Some applicants are people who can't find jobs and plan to go to school instead.

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