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For over 50 years, the Monetary Award Program (MAP) has helped make college possible for millions of Illinoisans across the state. MAP matters because it provides need-based aid that a student doesn’t have to repay, defraying tuition and fee costs and limiting excessive loan debt for students without the resources to pay for college.
In FY 2013 the Illinois Student Assistance Commission awarded approximately $371 million in MAP grants, helping over 140,000 students to continue their education. Although MAP is one of the best investments we can make in our citizens, in our economy and in the future of the state, in FY2013 alone, over 150,000 eligible applicants were not offered MAP due to insufficient funding.
Governor Quinn’s proposed budget includes an increase of $50 million in MAP funding for the 2014-2015 school year. The additional funds would serve at least 15-20,000 more Illinois students, helping them to attend school and achieve a postsecondary credential. In addition, in his State of the State address, the Governor proposed doubling MAP over the next five years—funds that would ultimately help more than 250,000 Illinois students annually.
Until next year’s state budget is final, though, MAP funding is at risk! MAP funding could even be CUT by $50 million in the 2014-2015 school year. That would mean that, instead of helping more eligible students, about 20,000 FEWER students would get the funds they need to attend college. Sign this petition to support additional funds for the Monetary Award Program (MAP).