Friday, October 30, 2015

Budget impasse leaves state grants for college students in limbo - Marty Hobe, Peoria Journal Star

After visiting with Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday, Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg said it appears state aid for low-income college students could be hung up for some time as the state still does not have a budget. Sundberg joined nine other community college presidents and nine state university officials to meet with the first-term governor Thursday about higher education funding in the wake of the state budget impasse. One of the programs on hold because of a lack of a budget is the Monetary Assistance Program, or MAP grant, which helps low-income students pay for college. “I don’t know and I don’t know that he knows where that stands because it will all be determined when and if we get a budget,” Sundberg said.

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