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As Illinois students begin preparing for mid-terms, Chairman Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) assembled the Senate’s Higher Education Committee at Joliet Junior College to hear from students, parents and state community colleges and universities on the impact the current budget impasse is having on higher education in Illinois.

“Time's a'wastin' - first semester already has started. Governor Rauner, get on board,” McGuire said. “Support MAP and higher education funding so Illinois high school graduates and returning adults can earn the knowledge and skills needed in today's economy to make our state strong again.”

Despite the fact nearly 90 percent of the state’s spending has been allocated due to recent court rulings and the governor’s actions, the state’s support for higher education is still unsettled.
 
Many state universities and community colleges are absorbing costs upfront to allow the school year to start on time.  The Senate did pass funding for the state’s financial student assistance program, the Monetary Award Program (MAP). However, the House has yet to approve the legislation.
 
“Students should not be hurt financially by the state’s budget impasse, and this is why I have voted for a student aid budget that funds MAP grants for the current year,” Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said.
 
Every year, thousands of Illinois students take advantage of this vital state funding to help pay for the opportunity to receive a higher education. The average student with a MAP grant receives about $2,700 to help pay for tuition. As college costs continue to skyrocket in Illinois, these grants are vital to the sustainability of many students’ college careers.

This is the first hearing of a series of four to be held in the coming weeks throughout the state at the Chicago City Colleges, John E. Logan Community College and Eastern Illinois University.

As Illinois students begin preparing for mid-terms, Chairman Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) assembled the Senate’s Higher Education Committee at Joliet Junior College to hear from students, parents and state community colleges and universities on the impact the current budget impasse is having on higher education in Illinois.

“Time's a'wastin' - first semester already has started. Governor Rauner, get on board,” McGuire said. “Support MAP and higher education funding so Illinois high school graduates and returning adults can earn the knowledge and skills needed in today's economy to make our state strong again.”

Despite the fact nearly 90 percent of the state’s spending has been allocated due to recent court rulings and the governor’s actions, the state’s support for higher education is still unsettled.

Many state universities and community colleges are absorbing costs upfront to allow the school year to start on time.  The Senate did pass funding for the state’s financial student assistance program, the Monetary Award Program (MAP). However, the House has yet to approve the legislation.

“Students should not be hurt financially by the state’s budget impasse, and this is why I have voted for a student aid budget that funds MAP grants for the current year,” Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said.

Every year, thousands of Illinois students take advantage of this vital state funding to help pay for the opportunity to receive a higher education. The average student with a MAP grant receives about $2,700 to help pay for tuition. As college costs continue to skyrocket in Illinois, these grants are vital to the sustainability of many students’ college careers.

This is the first hearing of a series of four to be held in the coming weeks throughout the state at the Chicago City Colleges, John E. Logan Community College and Eastern Illinois University.

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