Tuesday, October 20, 2015 04:42 PM
Concerned students from across the state descended on the Capitol today in support of critical funding for MAP grants and higher educational institutions.
Paris Griffin, a senior from the South Side of Chicago who attends Chicago State University, receives financial aid through the MAP grant program. She joined her peers in advocating for a budget agreement that would fund the MAP program and provide a higher education budget for the state.
Senate Democrats passed a proposal in August to allocate $373 million in funding for MAP grants. This move came after the governor vetoed the Senate’s original MAP spending proposal in July.
The measure is currently in the Illinois House awaiting a vote.
Paris and her fellow advocates describe their concerns about higher education and MAP grant funding:
Parris Griffin, Chicago, Chicago State University
Kori McElroy, Rockford, Western Illinois University
Mychael Vanarsdale, University Park, Governors State University
Haley Cullen, Marengo, Western Illinois University