map grant mrCHAMPAIGN- As college students begin to head back to campus, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is circulating a petition to urge Illinois lawmakers to pass funding for an important state financial aid program.

Monetary Award Program (MAP grants) cannot be given to students until there is a state budget. More than 100,000 students across Illinois rely on MAP grants to afford higher education.

“I urge legislators to put politics aside. These students are real people with real lives. We cannot afford to jeopardize their futures,” said Bennett.

Some schools are unable to absorb the tuition cost while the budget impasse continues and are asking students to pay partial fees up front as they wait for the budget impasse to end. Bennett doesn’t want students discouraged from returning to campus due the lack of promised financial aid.

“If these students could afford to absorb tuition costs and fees, they wouldn’t have qualified for state assistance in the first place,” said Bennett. “College affordability is a defining component in our state’s policies. We need to be giving our young people the tools to graduate with success, not forcing them to miss out on valuable opportunities.”

Lawmakers will return to Springfield to take up legislative action on Wed., Aug. 19. Bennett will work to authorize funding for MAP grants.

The petition is available online at www.SenatorBennett.com (on the right side of the website).

 

 
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