fully funding MAP grants
Springfield, IL- State
Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) co-sponsored Senate Bill 1180, giving Governor Quinn
authorization to fully fund the Monetary
Award Program (MAP) through the 2010 school year. The legislation expressly authorizes full
funding for MAP grants in the
amount of $205 million.
The bill passed out of the Senate Thursday.
"College students all over
Illinois were worried that they wouldn't be able to afford their tuition next
semester," Harmon said. "I'm glad that we were able to relieve their
State universities and private
colleges would lose funding
for several scholarships and
grant programs and see dramatic cuts to MAP if funding was not fulfilled. In Senator
Harmon's district, the 2,320 students who
depend on MAP grants would have
seen their funding drop from $2,830 to $1,061.
Earlier this year, the General
Assembly passed a budget that gave the Governor discretionary funds and he chose
not to fully fund the MAP grants.
Therefore, the General Assembly has now expressly authorized him to spend $205 million to fund the remainder
of the grants.
"I have heard from students in
my district that, without this funding, they would not be able to return to
school," Harmon said.
As enrollment in institutions of
higher education has increased so have MAP grant requests. This year, the MAP
grant program saw an increase in applications by 28.9%.
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