120715CM0773RTSPRINGFIELD- Without a state budget for need-based state financial aid in place, Illinois’ public universities and community colleges paid roughly $182 million to allow students to continue their education last semester. To alleviate the burden on Illinois college students and families, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) passed Senate Bill 2043, MAP grant funding, today.

“The state made a commitment to our students and families. It’s about time we honor our promises to fund MAP grants and make investments in our future,” Bennett said.

Senate Bill 2043 does the following:

•    MAP grants to about 128,000 low-income college students and possibly an additional 15,000 eligible students.  Majority of the additional funding would go to students attending community colleges like Danville Area Community College and Parkland College
•    Over $260 million for operation costs at community colleges
•    $49.8 million to fund career and tech education as well as GED programs throughout the state

Senate Bill 2043 passed the Senate 36-12 and will now head to the governor’s desk for consideration. 


 
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