The Board of the GNSE&FPC works to keep its program costs low in order to provide quality professional education at a reasonable price. Even with these lower costs, the program fee may be prohibitive for some participants. Therefore, the Board offers the following financial assistance policy for the Council's programs and activities.
Program registrants who are unable to afford the registration fee for a CLE course or activity due to a financial hardship may request a full or partial waiver of the registration fee from the Council. A letter requesting a full or partial registration fee waiver must be filed at least ten days before the course or activity begins and no later than the date the attorney preregisters. That letter must state the reason for the member's interest in the course or activity and an explanation of the financial hardship. That letter must be signed by the member and accompanied by a completed course registration form.
Full and/or partial scholarships will be awarded on a space-available basis, with preference given to applicants in order of date submitted. No requests for registration fee reductions will be accepted at the door.
The Council may waive or reduce the registration fee for a CLE program at the Council's own discretion. The Council will provide in its annual year-end report to the Illinois Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board: (1) the total number of requests for tuition reduction that the Council received; (2) the amount of tuition reduction requested by each attorney, both as a dollar amount and as a percentage of the registration fee (for example, 50% reduction requested); (3) whether each such request was granted or denied; and (4) the amount of the tuition reduction, both as a dollar amount and as a percentage of the registration fee for each request that was granted.